BT today launched the world's first combined fixed and mobile phone service. BT Fusion works just like a mobile phone when you are out and about, but switches automatically and seamlessly onto a BT Broadband line when you get home. That means you get all the convenience and all the features of a mobile phone but with fixed lines prices and quality.
BT Fusion can offer customers huge savings by allowing calls to UK landline numbers to be charged at BT landline rates of 5.5p for up to an hour for all off-peak calls and 3p a minute at peak times. For example, a BT Fusion 10-minute off-peak rate mobile call from home will cost up to 95 per cent less than the same call using a typical mobile competitor package.
Calls over broadband in the home means customers can make a mobile call but with the quality of a fixed-line and worry less about the signal being lost or dropping out. A recent survey of BT Broadband customer revealed that as many as 19 per cent had experienced problems with mobile coverage in the home. It is all made possible by a special access point installed in the home called the BT Hub which uses Bluetooth wireless technology to switch the BT Fusion handset seamlessly to the broadband line even in mid-call.
The BT hub also works as a wireless (Wi-Fi) router allowing the user to connect up PCs, laptops, games consoles and printers wirelessly around the home.
The launch of BT Fusion will start with approximately 400 early adopter customers, with the service being widely available for delivery in September. Customers who want to sign up for BT Fusion ready for full roll-out can register their interest at www.bt.com/btfusion.