October 11, 2007 Cordless phone manufacturer VTech Communications, Inc. has announced the release of the LS5145, a 5.8 GHz Digital Spread Spectrum expandable cordless phone system incorporating Bluetooth wireless capabilities allowing users to make and receive both cellular and landline calls on the handset.

“Though most consumers rely on cell phones for mobile communication, many still want the comfort, security, clarity and other benefits of a cordless phone at home,” said Matt Ramage, senior vice president, product management, VTech Communications, Inc. “The LS5145 melds these two devices by enabling users to make and answer cellular calls with the landline or landline calls with a Bluetooth headset.”

The system can be paired with up to eight Bluetooth devices, enabling users to make and answer calls from any member of the family's cellular phone. Taking a cellular call on the system enables users to roam throughout the house with while the cell phone charges in a different room. The LS5145 also enables users to make and receive traditional landline calls with a Bluetooth headset for hands-free conversations while also retaining the sound quality and convenience of a landline.

The VTech LS5145 features a metallic and high-gloss black finish, blue backlit keypad and a high-resolution 65K full-color display, which can be customized with a combination of images and animations for assigning wallpaper while customized ring tones can be recorded directly from any type of stereo equipment. The phone system is expandable up to 12 handsets using the LS5105 accessory handsets, which can be placed anywhere in the house from a single phone jack at the base station. The LS5145 also offers a handset and base speakerphone for hands-free operation and is available now in stores or online for US$149.

The device is another example of growing efforts to integrate the benefits of mobile and home-based communication systems with recent examples from both Nokia and Blackberry.