Friday, May 21, 2004
Engadget cited a new service and hardware feature known as "Bluephone," which is being worked on by British Telecom and Vodafone. Apparently the new service and hardware will allow you to use your cell phone as your home phone or work phone when you are at work or at home; essentially your phone uses Bluetooth wireless technology to use landline service (i.e., not hit your cellphone bill) at home and at work when close enough to the Bluetooth receiver. Similar to the Cingular Fastforward service and hardware, but much cooler and much more scalable because the Bluetooth component eliminates manufacturer lock-in (the Cingular service uses a cradle that is only compatible with certain phones). Be interesting to see when this technology makes it over to the U.S.