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FROM THE CAR TO THE COUCH IN ONE EASY SWITCH

PRODUCTS THAT USE wireless communications can be a godsend for small-business and home-office professionals. Cordless phones unchain them from their desks, while cell-phone service frees them from the office without fear of missing important calls. Panasonic Telecommunication Systems Co. in Secaucus, N.J., a unit of Matsushita Electric Corp. of America, wants to take that a step further.

Its Telenium is a 900-megahertz cordless phone with an operating range of nearly 1,000 feet. Better yet, it doubles as an analog cellular phone. Panasonic is working with phone companies and cellular service providers to make Telenium work with Authorization & Call Routing Equipment (ACRE). That switch technology, installed on phone networks, can automatically transfer calls on a cellular network to ordinary--and cheaper--landlines. So a Telenium owner need only give his cell-phone number to an important client. If the client calls when Telenium is being used in the office as a regular cordless phone, ACRE will pass the call to the local phone company, which connects the call to the office as if the caller had dialed that number directly. The $199 Telenium phone will be available in May.

By Paul M. Eng
EDITED BY AMY CORTESE


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