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BT launches second-generation smart landline handset ‘Home SmartPhone S II’

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BT has launched second-generation version of its smart landline handset dubbed the Home SmartPhone S II.

The DECT touchscreen home phone offers several useful functions normally associated with the home phone, including call blocking and remote access to voicemail messages. What’s unique about the home phone is that it also offers the best features of a smartphone to users including access to Google Play for social media, games and other applications, such as music streaming and internet browsing. The only feature that’s lacking is that it can’t be used while on the move.

The Home SmartPhone S II features a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, 2GB expandable memory and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, as well as a front-facing camera for conference calls, and WiFi support.

In addition, the Home SmartPhone SII also comes with BT’s Nuisance Call Blocking technology, which allows users to block up to 80 per cent of unwanted calls, including those from “international” numbers, “withheld” numbers, and unknown callers. They will also have the option to block incoming calls from up to 10 telephone numbers or put the phone into “Do Not Disturb” mode, which switches off the ringer.

The Home SmartPhone SII can store up to 1,500 contacts and offers a range of up to 50 m indoors and 300 m outdoors.

“We are extremely pleased to be adding Google Play to our Home SmartPhone SII which opens up access to the biggest app store available,” said Erik Raphael, director BT Wi-Fi and devices at BT.

“The home smartphone provides an excellent solution for getting everyone in the family online whenever they need access. The Home SmartPhone SII 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.”

Priced at £169.99, the Home SmartPhone SII is available to buy on BT’s online store.