Now that we're fully immersed in the world of wireless, I have to wonder: Is there any value to having a landline anymore? Particularly in these tough economic times, when you need to cut costs however you can, a landline seems more and more a superfluous luxury. Emergencies aside, why have one?
Panasonic's latest DECT cordless phones have a few reasons for you. The 7400 Series phones (model KX-TG7434B) are the only landline phones with Choice Mail, a feature that works similar to the iPhone's visual voicemail, letting you pick the messages you want to hear regardless of their order. Talking Caller ID will verbally tell you who's calling so you don't have to run to the phone to check it out. And each handset has a Silent Mode that can be set on a timer — ensuring no telemarketers will wake you in the middle of the night.
Is that enough for a cellphone addict to go back to land? I doubt it — for most, I suspect you're either a landline person or you're not. But if you are, Panasonic's 7400 series are pretty sweet. Available now, the price ranges from $70 to $150 depending on how many handsets you get.