BT has launched BT Halo, a new home phone that allows customers to make and receive mobile calls from their home phone using Bluetooth technology - ideal in areas of your home with limited mobile reception.
BT Halo integrates with up to two mobile phones and its screen shows which mobile phone a call has been forwarded from. The contact lists from both mobiles are also copied across to Halo, ensuring customers always have their contacts to hand.
The new easy-to-use BT Halo combines performance with an elegant design and has been created in collaboration with an award-winning UK design agency. It has a distinctive look that combines contemporary design with high spec features and performance.
Designed to fit the shape of the human face, the proportions and curvature of the handset makes the BT Halo comfortable to hold for long conversations. The increased length of the handset sits naturally in the hand and the soft rubber ring around the ear piece gives both comfort and improved audio performance. Aluminium finishes give the phone a quality feel and provide superb sound quality.
The new BT Halo comes with BT’s Premium Nuisance Call Blocking technology, which allows customers to block up to 100 per cent of unwanted calls made to their landline number. It does this by screening incoming calls to the landline so users never have to speak to a cold caller again. Callers on the contact list get straight through, anyone on the blocked list is blocked, and everyone else has to announce their name before the customer answers it. Customers can then choose to accept or block the announced calls and the phone learns over time who the customer wants to speak to and who they don’t.
The BT Halo has all the features of a BT home phone including an answer machine that can record up to 60 minutes of messages, hands free capability, and a backlit keypad. It also has a range from the handset to the base unit of up to 50m indoors and 300m outdoors, and the capacity to store up to 3,000 contacts.
Erik Raphael, director of wi-fi and devices at BT, said: “We’re extremely pleased to add the stylish BT Halo to our range of home phones and believe the premium design of the handset will be a valued addition to any home. With the built-in Bluetooth technology you can take mobile calls on your landline, making it ideal for anyone who at times struggles to get mobile reception around their home.”
The BT Halo is available at www.bt.com/shop. The single unit is £99.99 and the BT Halo Twin is £139.99.
Notes to Editors
- Synchronise your mobile contacts to your home phone.
- Pair two mobile phones at any one time (up to 1,000 contacts each).
- Make and receive mobile calls from your home phone.
- Phonebook with 1,000 contacts (plus 2,000 from mobile synch)
- Dedicated call blocking button for one touch blocking.
- Block up to 100 per cent of Nuisance Calls.
- Block up to 1,000 numbers or block calls by type.
- Customisable call blocking settings giving complete flexibility.
- Block common nuisance call types e.g. International, Withheld, Unavailable.
- Award winning trueCall blocking technology.
- Auto copy contacts between handsets.
- 1.8” Colour Screen.
- Hands free speaker.
- Record up to 60 minutes of messages.
- Outgoing call controls (PIN protect calls to premium / mobile numbers).
- Backlit keypad for easy dialling even in poor light.
- Long range reception up to 300m outdoors, 50m indoors.
- Do not disturb mode.
- Up to 21 hours of talking and 240 hours on standby.
- Easy access to BT calling features (three way calling, call divert).
- To use BT Halo to make and receive mobile calls you will need to have your mobile located so that it gets mobile reception and is close enough to your landline base for Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth range is around 10m.
- Caller Display required for Nuisance Call Blocking functionality, available free for 12 months with BT Privacy
- All calls not on the customer’s contact list are screened. Those on the blocked list are blocked. The remainder have to announce their name, giving the user the chance to block 100% of nuisance calls without having to speak to them. Calls coming through a synchronised mobile phone are not blocked.
BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services.BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2016, BT Group’s reported revenue was £19,042m with reported profit before taxation of £3,029m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
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