BT Conjures Fixed/Mobile Phone “Fusion”

Finally, a service to combine the two most obvious of technologies... you'll have to change everything to BT though.

Landlines and mobiles are about as natural a combination as tea and milk (I am English!). So it’s great to see BT has finally confused a mobile into thinking it is both, though sadly a few caveats remain.


The schizophrenic device, a modified Motorola V560 (below), works on a geographical basis. This means when you are out and about it believes itself to be an ordinary mobile, but walk into the house and it undergoes a radical personality change to act just like a line land. A little like the change we all go through once we step inside our front doors…

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Naturally, the call rates automatically adjust depending where you are and at home uses BT standard charges (5.5p per hour off-peak, 3p per minute on peak). What is pretty cool is that this change can even happen mid-call as you walk into the house. The key to the whole process is the BT Hub (see above, complete with T100 glowing red eye), a Bluetooth access point installed in the home which doubles as a wireless router and facilitates the swap over.


The caveats: well, you need a BT line for one, a BT Broadband account for another and you’ll have to abandon whatever mobile you use for the V560 too. If you can meet these factors then Bob’s your uncle (it’s a very strange English phrase – any readers know its origin?).


The BT Fusion scheme is currently trialling with roughly 400 customers, with a full roll out to begin in September. Currently two packages are available: BT Fusion 100 and 200, offering 100/200 minutes cross network, anytime inclusive minutes at £9.99 and £14.99 per month respectively. These are liable to change.


If you always wanted a mobile with an identity crisis (and to be honest, who doesn’t?), you can check out the BT Fusion official site below.


Link:
BT Fusion Homepage