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BT starts energy efficient landline phone range

BT has unveiled a new range of more energy-efficient phones, heralding the start of a £2 million commitment to improve the energy efficiency of its entire home-phone range.

More than ninety per cent of the entire home phone range supplied by BT will be more energy efficient by July 2008, it was confirmed today, at no extra cost to the consumer.

The new handsets boast power units designed specifically to consume around half the power of previous units, not only reducing electricity costs for consumers but also contributing significantly to cutting CO2 emissions.

BT estimates that the replacement of all its DECT cordless and fixed-line phones with more energy-efficient equivalents will result in an overall reduction in CO2 emissions in excess of 195,000 tonnes over the next three years - the equivalent of taking 57,000 cars off the road for a year.

Consumers are also set to save a total of more than £39m through reduced electricity bills.

BT has also reduced the amount of packaging required for each phone.

This includes replacing the user guides with smaller ‘quick-start’ leaflets, whilst making the fuller, detailed guides available online or on request via the phone.

The first phones in BT’s new more energy-efficient range are DECT cordless models, comprising the BT Graphite 1500 with answering machine, BT Graphite 1100, BT Freestyle 610 and BT Freestyle 650 with answering machine.

Gavin Patterson, BT group managing director, Consumer said: “BT has continued to address environmental concerns by launching phones that consume approximately half the electricity of previous models; this will make a major contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions. We know that our customers are just as keen to reduce environmental impact and through these phones we will jointly make a significant difference."

Désiré Athow

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.