BT plans an iPad killer that isn't

BT plans to launch its own touch-screen, tablet device which, it said, will have nothing in common with Apple's iPad. Apart from being touch-screen, tablet computer, that is.

The device was shown off at BT's annual strategy day in London. The telecoms outfit failed to deliver any specifications for the device other than it is likely to sport a screen bigger than the iPhone's and small than the iPad's. Users will be able to make phone calls with the thing though. Indeed, BT called the device "the telephone of the future".

"Some people have called it an 'iPad killer', but not us," said Ian Livingston, chief executive of BT. "We see it as is a new device that would be in the kitchen or the lounge, so that you have all your communications in one place – your email, your voicemail, your text messages.

"You can even have little applications that will tell you the weather, or have a rolling stream of news. It's for when you don't want to have to turn on the computer to look something up, He said. "We've talked to a lot of customers about it – it's not just something we've dreamed up. We've designed something around what the customers have said rather than around what technologists have said."

The firm hasn't dreamed up a name for the device yet.