Is there an 'off' switch on a cordless phone?

July 6, 2017 at 12:10:11
Specs: several
Panasonic DECT 6.0 cordless phone with base and handsets.

Is there any way to completely turn off the handsets so that
they do not use any power at all, without having to remove
the batteries?

Is there any way to completely turn off the base radio transmitter
so that the base can still receive and record calls, but not put out
any radio signal?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
July 6, 2017 at 21:04:53
I have never seen the abilty to shut off the tranceiver on the base unit but I have seen some models of cordless phones the have an off switch on the handset. Do you still have the manual? It might mention something in there.

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#2
July 6, 2017 at 22:46:06
On my Panasonic phone you can turn the handset off by holding the red button down for 5 seconds or so.

I don't understand your second question. With no connection to a handset how could you make and receive calls?


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#3
July 7, 2017 at 00:11:42
If the base unit transmitter is turned off, the answering
machine which is part of the base would still be able to
answer calls and record messages. That would be a
sensible mode to put the phone in when I'm going to be
away from it for a while.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
July 7, 2017 at 00:13:52
Ah, I see.

No, I don't think you can turn off the transmitter on the base unit. But as handsets have to be registered with the base it's not a security risk.


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#5
July 7, 2017 at 00:18:11
I tried holding the red 'OFF' button down. No success.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
July 7, 2017 at 09:49:24
DECT 6.0 is not a model number, it's a technology. Please post the model number so we know which one you have. The model number will start with KT-

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#7
July 8, 2017 at 07:18:58
I specified "DECT 6.0" so that you would know I was asking
about the kind of phone commonly referred to as "cordless",
not the kind referred to as "mobile" or "cellular". Along with
the fact that the brand is Panasonic, that should be all you
need to know. But I actually have two such units. One is
model KX-TG4021, and the other is model KX-TG6531.

After a lot of searching -- starting before my original post --
I finally found the manual for the latter unit. It has a lot of
info. It will take some time to read every possible relevant
section, but the most likely-looking entries in the index
haven't turned up what I want, and I don't remember ever
reading that what I want is an available feature. It just
seems like it should be.

One cool thing I just discovered, though: After more than a
year and a half of being unplugged, the unit I'm not currently
using still has the messages it recorded.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#8
July 8, 2017 at 19:24:15
"Along with
the fact that the brand is Panasonic, that should be all you need to know.

Oh yes, right you are Jeff, because every single model of Panasonic phone acts exactly the same as all the others, I don't even know why they have different models.

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#9
July 10, 2017 at 01:07:11
I'm as interested in whether *any* DECT 6.0 cordless phone
can be turned off in either of the ways I asked about as I am in
whether either of the Panasonic models I have can be turned off.
It is more likely that someone will know how some phone of this
type can be turned off than how either of these particular phones
can be turned off, and learning how it can be done on any such
phone would likely be as useful as learning how it can be done on
either of the Panasonic phones. Since I didn't remember seeing
anything about it in the user manuals before I posted, and haven't
found anything in the manual yet, I expect that an explanation of
how to do it would be generic. Removing the batteries is an
obvious if crude way to shut off the handsets, but shutting off the
radio signal from the base without interfering with the answering
machine function may be more complicated.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#10
July 10, 2017 at 01:31:03
As I've already posted, my Panasonic KX-TG8422 phone has the ability to turn the handsets off.

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#11
July 10, 2017 at 03:15:11
You can't turn off the transmitter unfortunately

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