Feeds

BT gets the Bluephone blues

Presses ahead with 'dud' project

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

The idea of using a single phone to connect to cellular networks and also to connect over the internet at home is an attractive proposition - but the BT project nearing completion at its Adastral park research centre is already known to be a dud.

The first Bluephone has BT in it - BlueTooth, not British Telecom. It works, but not well enough to prevent the telco from announcing its successor before the original is even launched.

The main problem with Bluephone, say sources, is that you can't get enough of them in one building.

Installation costs mean that it's not a hot favourite for home use, despite BT's growing investment in cellular phones. It will appeal to enthusiasts who have broadband and don't mind configuring their internet connection to support the phone, but that's not the market BT is after.

And for business, where the system would be attractive, it turns out that the number of users who can be connected in one office building is far below the typical number who would want to be part of the phone network.

According to a ZDNet report last month, the successor will have Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, and trials are due to start any day, roughly the same time as the same source revealed that the Bluetooth Bluephone is close to launch.

One source, asking to stay anonymous, told NewsWireless that the launch was "baffling".

"It's known to be inadequate for business use, and it will be replaced within months, requiring a complete re-installation - and yet they seem determined to announce Bluephone anyway," said this source.

© NewsWireless.Net

Related stories

BT's batphone swoops closer
Calling a BT Bluephone could cost you dear
BT flogs bluephones to the masses

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.