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BT launches nuisance call blocking home smartphone

BT's Home SmartPhone S not only comes with all the regular features of a smartphone, it also includes BT's Nuisance Call Blocking technology, stopping 80% of unwanted calls from getting through.

By on February 06, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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BT launches nuisance call blocking home smartphone

Ordinarily the features of a home phone are nothing to write home about, however if you saw BT's latest landline phone around the house you would be forgiven for thinking that someone had left their mobile on the table.

Once the stylish Home SmartPhone S is connected to a user's Wi-Fi network, families will be able to enjoy all the functions you might expect from a smartphone. These including Email, Facebook, Youtube and Tune-In Radio access, as well as a full internet browser delivered via the handsets 3.5" touch screen.

However, the handset's most impressive feature is its ability to filter out nuisance calls, blocking them from ringing the handset and disturbing you at home. It does this via BT's own Nuisance Call Blocking Technology, which had proved massively popular in one of the network's previous handsets, the BT6500.

Using the handset, customers will be able to choose which kinds of call they don't wish to receive, whether that's international numbers, withheld numbers or just anyone who isn't currently stored in the handset's phone book. They also have the option of placing the handset into a "Do Not Disturb" mode, which simply turns off the ringer, as well as being able to bar outgoing calls to selected numbers, such as premium rate lines, and block calls from up to 10 specific telephone numbers.

In 2012, BT's Nuisance Calls Advice Line reported receiving over 50,000 calls a month. However since the introduction of the network's Nuisance Call Blocking Technology in 2013 via the BT6500 handset, BT claims that number has now halved. 

Erik Raphael, Director BT WiFi and Devices, said:

The new BT Home SmartPhone S allows customers to enjoy the features they would expect from a smartphone combined with the great features of a BT home phone, including nuisance call blocking to put them back in control of who they want to speak to. The Home SmartPhone S makes the home phone central to family life again, allowing you to look up numbers online and communicate with friends and family via email, Facebook or calls.

The Home SmartPhone S is availble in Argos stores and at www.bt.com/shop

 

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