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BT is to unveil a new corporate-strength version of its Fusion batphone early next year.

The BT Fusion phone is already being flogged to end users and small firms.

But it seems big business likes the idea of a phone that can hop between mobile and Wi-Fi networks, helping to cut the cost of using a cellphone. But they also want it beefed up to meet their needs.

BT has hooked up with French outfit Alcatel, which worked with the UK telco on Fusion, to develop the "Enterprise Fixed-Mobile Convergence" (FMC) phone aimed at large businesses and multinational corporations.

The phone will be made available in the UK and overseas.

In a statement, the firm said: "No longer will employees be required to have a mobile, a data device, and a fixed phone as everything will be possible from a single handset with PBX type functionality at home, in the office, and at BT's Openzone hotspots, plus all the benefits of normal mobile."

BT will be developing the new product over the coming months, with trials due to take place early in 2007. ®

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