Call blocking features are nifty options to prevent your phone from ringing when you don't want it to – like during certain hours, or blocking certain numbers. This useful feature set is typically somewhat restricted to the domain of higher-end, more expensive phone solutions. Looking to bring a bit of this utility to the bargain price range, Panasonic has introduced the KX-TGC210 – a true bargain at under £30, loaded with some excellent call blocking features.

Lets take a closer look at the Panasonic KX-TGC210's call blocking features and some of its other highlights!

A Straightforward Phone – The KX-TGC210

The KX-TGC210 is fairly simple, but impressively feature-rich for such a budget device. It does not include an answering machine, which makes it ideal for anyone who has a telecom-provided voice mail service. But an answering machine is just about the only thing this feature-rich beast does not include. On its humble handset we find a 1.6” amber-coloured backlit display and illuminated keypad. It features an intercom system between the handset and the phones base, and an Any Key Answer system which lets you take an incoming call by hitting any button on the handset.

A few other helpful features round off the handsets capabilities, like a 50 name and number phonebook, alarm clock, and a 50-entry call log integrated with the phones caller ID which helps you keep track of your recent calls.

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Keeping Unwanted Calls Silent

Without further ado, lets get to the highlight of this article and the KX-TGC210: call blocking. The KX-TGC210 manages to jam pack all of the smart call blocking features which usually make themselves at home on high-end devices into its easy-to-use menus and amazingly affordable price tag. On the KX-TGC210 we find the call blocking features taking several forms.

First, the phone has a 50-entry “blacklist” of specified numbers. Once input, incoming calls from any of the specified numbers will not get through. The next level of nuisance call protection comes in the form of anonymous call blocking, which restricts incoming calls from numbers which the caller ID can't read, such as blocked calls or unknown numbers. This is great for filtering out unwanted calls from people trying to avoid caller ID. The phone can also be set into Do Not Disturb mode, which blocks all incoming calls until it is disabled – great for when you need some peace and quiet.

A Few More Neat Features

As a DECT cordless device, the KX-TGC210 is widely compatible with a huge range of other DECT devices and has a pretty impressive wireless range. It is fully compatible with repeater systems as well as DECT GAP protocols. The system can handle up to six handsets. The handsets batteries offer up to 20 hours of continuous talk time and 170 hours of standby time.

In Conclusion

Overall, the Panasonic KX-TGC210 cordless phone is a wonderful budget phone which is more than equipped to serve as the main work horse of your home or even small office communications system.