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BT set to launch Fusion cellphone/landline hybrid

Marc Perton
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Looks like BT's finally getting serious about its Bluetooth-based system that allows customers to use a cellphone handset to connect to a landline when they're at home. The service — previously called Bluephone and now dubbed Fusion — relies on a Bluetooth access point at home, which automatically switches the phone from Vodafone's cell network to BT's fixed lines. The system is being tested with 400 customers, with plans for a full rollout in September. Pricing will run from £9.99 to £14.99 a month, plus charges for calls and a BT Broadband account. Unfortunately, BT has kept the most onerous part of the Bluephone price plan: charging those who call Bluephone customers at cellphone rates, even when the customer is at home using the landline hub. Well, at least you won't have to wonder why your friends never call you.

[Thanks, David Edington]

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