The home phone is slowly becoming an obsolete device. With the almost necessity of mobile technology in the modern age, people are slowly turning their mobile device into their main means of communication, cutting out the traditional landline phone almost entirely. For those of you who still prefer to have a separate home phone, British Telecom (BT) has released a device to keep you up to date with the latest Android tech, while still having the utility of a home line. This device, the BT Home SmartPhone S is a touchscreen landline phone that utilized Android. The screen is 3.5 inches, and the device comes pre-loaded with apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tune-In Radio, and some various games. The phone uses the Apps Opera Mobile store, and can store up to 300 contacts. While this is not the first Android landline handset, it does have one distinguishing feature that makes it stand out: the Nuisance Call Blocker.
The Nuisance Call Blocker can block international numbers, withheld numbers, and unknown callers so that you do not have to deal with potential scams with premium rate lines. The phone also has a Do Not Disturb mode that turns off the ringer and can kill the phones ability to call to certain numbers, such as the premium rate lines as discussed before. This could be incredibly useful if you have children that like to play with your phone, which would definitely happen if the main phone in the house can be used to browse Facebook and play games. You can also set up a list of ten numbers that will be blocked from incoming calls, which is a nice feature. The handset is available from the BT Shop for £170, which equates to roughly $275, which is kind of pricey for a landline phone.
To be perfectly honest, I feel like this device is for a very small niche of the market. With plenty of cheap smartphone alternatives out there nowadays, I question the need for a product like this. However, BT thinks that there is a need for it, and so they are trying to sell it. What do you think? Can this product find a place in the market? Will you be picking one up? Let us know that and any other thoughts down below in the comments!