BT phone sends e-mail and faxes

BT phone sends e-mail and faxes
Richard Ball A telephone capable of sending e-mails and faxes has been introduced by BT. But the extra facilities on the Easicom 1000 come at a price. The phone itself costs ?180, while sending messages and faxes is charged at 25p a minute. “The average connection is between 30 and 40 seconds, so you’re looking at between 12 and 15p per call,” said Amanda Brown, product director at Bizzyline Direct, the company marketing the phone for BT. This is several times the cost of using a PC linked to a free Internet service. Local call rates for these services range from one to four pence a minute. In addition, a PC can browse the Web and receive faxes – Easicom can only send faxes. “Easicom is trying to bring interactive services and e-mail to everybody,” said Brown. The phone is comfortable to use and will not crash, she said. Text is entered through a conventional keyboard while messages are read using a six inch liquid crystal display. E-mails are composed off-line, with the phone connection being made only when they are sent. Bizzyline also provides home shopping services for buying items like books and CDs. “We’re taking Web data and converting it for the phone system,” said Brown. Other services include theatre and cinema listings and weather forecasts.


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