Orange has announced a new service which will allow customers to use their mobile as a home phone.
The mobile giant’s ‘Unique’ phone will let customers make calls at home to landlines and Orange mobiles via their Orange broadband connection. Orange describes these calls as unlimited and ‘free’.
UK customers can pre-register for the service today and the first phones will be available in November.
Once customers leave home, the Unique phone will become a standard mobile, with calls routed via the mobile network.
A call made at home will automatically switch to the Orange mobile network when the caller leaves the house, and a symbol on the phone’s screen informs customers of the network they’re connected to.
Each home can have up to six Unique phones, with three people able to make calls or surf the net at the same time.
Initially, there are three handsets to choose from – the Motorola A910, Nokia 6136 and the Samsung P200. More are due to be launched in 2007.
Sanjiv Ahuja, chief executive of Orange, said: ‘With Unique phone you can now enjoy the freedom of the Orange mobile network and get even better value when you’re at home. With one phone, one number, one address book and one bill, we’re making it simpler, more convenient and more cost effective for our customers to communicate.’