Fed up of getting spam phone calls? BT drafted in annoying voice champion Janet Street-Porter to launch the BT8500 Advanced Call Blocker phone for beating nuisance calls.
BT claims its new wireless phone claims to stop 100 per cent of all spam calls coming through, using a ‘Call Guardian’ feature that stops calls from numbers not stored on the service coming through.
It asks all those not on the contact list to announce their name so then you can decide whether or not to accept the call, and rejected numbers are added to a list so they can be automatically blocked in future.
Janet Street-Porter said: “The BT8500 Advanced Call Blocker is designed to stop these annoying and often intimidating nuisance calls once and for all.
“Your home is your sanctuary and the fact that these callers can invade your personal space is simply not on. Thankfully, they can now be blocked without even needing to speak to a cold caller, which is a huge step forward.”
BT supported its launch with a survey revealing that unwanted calls from PPI claim companies and sales people are Britons’ top bugbear, with the average person receiving six spam calls a week – that’s 7.8n billion calls a year.
It found that 44 per cent of the nation find spam calls so intrusive that receiving such calls physically raises their stress levels, but we react in different ways: younger recipients are more polite, while those over the age of 55 are more likely to be rude to the caller.
Erik Raphael, director of BT Devices and BT Wi-Fi said: “These nuisance calls are clearly causing huge frustration across the UK, so we’re very proud to be launching the most effective phone on the market for blocking up to 100 per cent of them.
“The phone is extremely easy to operate and will be a great help to the millions of people for whom nuisance calls are the bane of their lives.”
It’s the latest in a series of spam-call-blocking phones from BT since it launched the BT6500 in early 2013, which became BT’s fastest-selling landline phone ever.
As well as its spam-blocking features, the BT8500 is a wireless DECT handset with a 60-minute answerphone, which comes with up to four handsets.
It costs £60 for a single handset, £80 in twin handset, a trio costs £100 and a quad set is £120, with discounts of up to 33 per cent during September and October.