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A mobile phone disguised as a desktop one

This product would probably rank high in my ‘why didn't everyone think of this before’ list. Burnside Telecom (opens in new tab) is all about a mobile phone disguised as a home phone.

It looks just like a normal desktop phone except that it has a protruding antenna and a slightly small screen. The rest is pretty similar to your classic office phone. Corded handset, anthracite colour, and large buttons.

Why would anyone want to install such a line? Firstly, you do not need a phone line for such a thing, which is not only expensive but often underused and might take more than a few weeks for BT to install your line.

Secondly, surprisingly, it might cost you less to use this phone, especially if you call mobiles quite often

Thirdly and most importantly, your granny will feel at ease with it.

I wonder however, if something similar could not be done with T-Mobile Web n Talk. I would not mind a wireless dumb terminal à la OLPC using T-Mobile's SIM.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.