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TMCNet:  Panasonic Debuts Next-Generation SIP Phones for Hosted and Open Source Systems

[May 13, 2014]

Panasonic Debuts Next-Generation SIP Phones for Hosted and Open Source Systems

NEWARK, N.J. --(Business Wire)--

Panasonic (News - Alert), a leading provider of business telephone systems1, announced today the KX-UTG200B and KX-UTG300B (Session Initiated Protocol) SIP phones, the latest additions to its lineup of advanced UT Series SIP-based telephones. Designed to enhance communications and lower operating expenses, the new SIP endpoints provide businesses an affordable and user-friendly SIP telephony solution with plug and play simplicity and flexible configuration options.

Panasonic's new KX-UTG200B and KX-UTG300B SIP phones are fully interoperable with leading hosted and open-sourced based IP PBX (News - Alert) platforms providing a range of enterprise-class functionality to business customers such as: call forwarding, intercom, voicemail to email, fax to email, dial by name directory, multiple extensions, one touch conferencing, and many more unified communications tools.

Key features of KX-UTG200B & KX-UTG300B SIP phones include:

  • Large 5-inch WVGA and 3.5-inch QVGA color graphical TFT LCD display screens with capacitive touch2
  • Certification on BroadSoft® Metaswitch®, and Digium (News - Alert)® Unified Communications platforms
  • High-definition, wide-band voice (handset, headset and full duplex speaker phone) for crisp, precise sound quality
  • 2-Gigabit Ethernet ports, class 2 PoE (Power over Ethernet) for simplified wiring and connecting a second device
  • 24 programmable keys (three pages of eight), navigator and cancel keys
  • 1,000 phone book entries, 300 placed call/300 received call/300 missed call log entries
  • Three-party conferencing
  • Embedded Electronic Hookswitch and built-in Bluetooth Headset support3
  • Plug and Play configuration
  • Up to 36 additional extensions per KX-UTA336 Expansion Module4
  • Industry leading two-year warranty

The new SIP phones can be configured and set-up to run services on an internal hardware platform or support business-class services delivered by a hosted service provider requiring no platform hardware investment. In either scenario, the KX-UTG200B and KX-UTG300B offers "grow-as-you-grow" scalability and delivers the critical features, functionality and value to meet the needs and budgets of virtually any business. As a standalone phone, each model allows up to 24 extensions to be monitored. By adding a KX-UTA336 expansion module to the KX-UTG300B, an additional 36 extensions can be monitored with astatus update (limit two expansion modules per phone) allowing a user to see a possible total of 96 extensions per phone. Easy to deploy and integrate, the KX-UTG200B and KX-UTG300B provide long-term value and investment protection.

"As a market leader in business telephones, Panasonic is committed to delivering flexible and cost-effective communications solutions for businesses of all sizes," said Kim Murtagh, Senior Product Manager for Panasonic Business Telephone Systems. "In addition to full interoperability and a market-leading warranty, our customers will benefit from superior HD voice quality, advanced IP telephony functionality, and leading business-grade features including color LCD, dual Gigabit network ports with PoE, integrated Bluetooth, and more at competitive price points."

Pricing and Availability

The KX-UTG200 and KX-UTG300 Series will become widely available on May 13, 2014 at a suggested retail price of $269 & $379, respectively. Users may also purchase a KX-UTA336 Expansion Module at a suggested retail price of $199. Panasonic's SIP phones come standard with an industry leading two-year warranty, offering guaranteed reliability and unquestionable value to any size business.

For more information on Panasonic's full line of SIP-based Business Communication Phones, please visit http://www.panasonic.com/SIP

Panasonic Solutions for Business

Panasonic delivers reliable business technology solutions that connect data with decision makers to drive better outcomes-for our customers and our customers' customers. Panasonic engineers reliable products and solutions that help to create, capture and deliver data of all types, where, when and how it is needed. The complete suite of Panasonic professional solutions for government and commercial enterprises of all sizes addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, visual communications (projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD video production. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic solutions for business can be obtained by calling 877-803-8492 or at us.panasonic.com/business-solutions.

About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In Interbrand's 2013 Annual "Best Global Green Brands" report, the Panasonic brand ranked number four, the highest ranked electronics brand in the report (http://bit.ly/17ezCDI). As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility built to meet LEED certification standards, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. Learn more about Panasonic at www.panasonic.com.

1 For full calendar year of 2012 in North America. By the Parsippany, NJ based information technology market research firm T3i Group. Defined by T3i Group as the sum of key/hybrid, PBX, and IP-PBX business phone systems with 2-40 extensions.

2 KX-UTG300B model

3 KX-UTG300B model

4 up to 36 extensions per KX-UTA336 expansion module (limit 2 on the UTG300)


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