BT Home SmartPhone S unveiled

BT Home SmartPhone S unveiledQuestion: When is a home phone not a home phone, and when is a smartphone not a smartphone?

Answer: When they’re spliced together to form a bizarre hybrid, such as the spanking new BT Home SmartPhone S. Weird.

The BT Home SmartPhone S isn’t the first device of its kind, but I’m left slightly perplexed when I wonder who this is aimed at. People who don’t have a smartphone? And the answer to that is to buy a home phone that’s a smartphone? Uhm…

The description on the BT Shop suggests there’s “No need to fire up your laptop to go online”, or that you might be “Fed up with the kids taking your mobile to go online or play games”. Hmm, still not convinced.

In terms of specs, the BT Home SmartPhone S has a 3.5in capacitive display, boasting the ability to zoom (you heard me) when browsing, while Android takes care of operating system duties.

For those who don’t appreciate random callers, the Home SmartPhone S is compatible with BT's Nuisance Call Blocker facility, which is capable of filtering out blocked, withheld and unknown numbers.

Fancy it? First, give BT £131.98. Second, explain what’s going on in your head. For the same money, you could pick up an entirely decent home phone and a first-gen Google Nexus 7.

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krogothnx  Feb. 7, 2014 at 20:54

i love how it looks like it's running gingerbread, which at this point, would be 5 versions old.

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 8, 2014 at 11:31

To be fair, that might've been a slightly older model, eek ;)

Picture updated.

deanlfc  Feb. 8, 2014 at 16:17

krogothnx  Feb. 8, 2014 at 16:37

8/10, annoyed me enough to consider replying as if you were serious.

loofer  Feb. 9, 2014 at 16:30

I think BT are hopelessly hoping this will be bought by early tech adopters or just people who like to show off. It offers nothing beyond what those consumers already have in their pockets or their tablets.

They would be better off if they out some real thought into it and teamed up with a tech provider and made it so it has some integration with other home tech i.e home lights, central heating, fridge - things you want to control or communicate with from one central point at home but not necessarily from your mobile.


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