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BT launches anti-spam home smartphone

BT has launched an Android-based home phone  that blocks unwanted nuisance calls.

The new Home SmartPhone S comes with BT’s Nuisance Call Blocking technology, which the telecoms firm claims blocks up to 80 per cent of unwanted calls.

As the touchscreen phone is based on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, it can also access the internet by connecting to a home network via Wi-Fi. Apps can be downloaded to the phone via the Opera Apps store.

The Home SmartPhone S comes with a 2GB expandable memory, which means it can store everyone’s favourite music to play all around the house with the music and video player. The front facing camera is handy for taking photos around the home, or going online to make video calls so they can see as well as hear their friends.

It also features high quality call clarity, an answering machine that can be accessed at home or remotely, and hands free capability. It also has a range of up to 300m and the capacity to store up to 1500 contacts. 

With BT’s unique Nuisance Call Blocking feature customers will be able to block calls from “international” numbers, “withheld” numbers, and unknown callers. They will also have the option to put the phone into “Do Not Disturb” mode, which switches off the ringer, as well as being able to bar outgoing calls to selected numbers, such as premium rate lines, and block incoming calls from up to 10 telephone numbers.

Erik Raphael, director of BT Wi-Fi 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 BT Home SmartPhone S, is available in Argos stores and at www.bt.com/shop, reating at £169.99

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