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iHomePhone - Worlds First Android Home Phone -Argos £99.99

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iHomePhone Worlds First Android Home Phone -Argos £99.99 Wont be many of these left - Will make a kool xmas present :) The Binatone iHomePhone has been announced, and its makers are claiming… Read More
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iHomePhone Worlds First Android Home Phone -Argos £99.99

Wont be many of these left - Will make a kool xmas present :)

The Binatone iHomePhone has been announced, and its makers are claiming that it is the world's first Android-powered home phone.

Running Android 1.6, the iHomePhone is made up of a DECT digital cordless phone, with Wi-Fi b/g/n on board, a microSD card slot and a 2.8-inch, 320 x 240, touchscreen display.

Built-in you'll get a YouTube app, a contacts manager, an email client, a picture viewer, an MP3 player and a personal organiser. It also functions as an internet radio and has an RSS feed reader.

Battery life is 8 hours for talk-time, 80 hours for standby, and it comes with a docking station that also has built-in stereo speakers.

There's two things that stand out with the Binatone iHomePhone. Firstly, what a simple and obvious idea. And secondly, there's no way the lawyers at Cupertino are going to be happy with that name - especially given that it's an Android touting device.

Available in time for Christmas, the Binatone iHomePhone will cost £99.99.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/36615/binatone-brings-android-ihome-phone


Full Product Information

iDect iHome Phone - Single.

* Black.
* Auto-screen rotation between portrait and landscape orientation.
* Can access Micro SD card.
* Internet browser, contact manager and email client.
* MP3 music player, Picture viewer, calendar and internet radio.
* Widgets for RSS, news, weather and stock.
* Running at Android OS 1.6 with 256MB built-in memory.

Telephone features:

* 300 name and number memories.
* Ringer volume control.
* Speaker volume control.
* Hands-free speakerphone.
* 20 ringtones.
* Up to 8 hours talktime.
* Up to 60 hours standby time.
* Up to 50m indoor range and up to 300m outdoor range.
* Up to 30m WiFi connectivity.
* 100 call log.
* Caller ID.
* Call transfer.
* Call waiting (dependent on service provider specifications).
* Call timer.
* Caller display.
* Last number redial.
* Mute function.
* Large 2.8in digital TFT touch screen display.
* Keypad lock on handset.
* Alarm.
* Clock.
* DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) radio technology.

Answer machine features:

* 1 pre-recorded message.
* 15 mins recording time.
* Message playback from base and handset.
* Personalised recording facility.
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4 Likes #1
Seems like an unnecessary device to me, but I really want one!
#2
http://www.binatonetelecom.com/products/android-products/ihome-phone

Online Currently out of stock for delivery
Reserve to pickup only left - odd few left in branches only - you have to check each branch
#3
Like mminghella states unnecessary... but I want one!!!!
#4
It is in stock near me too :)
#5
Ok if you don't mind laggy tech I'm out
#6
Do you think it will do skype over wifi?
#7
mminghella
Seems like an unnecessary device to me, but I really want one!


This is the future....

you will be able to update future firmware online...using Android 1.6 on the first release

if you can sync your contact with google...that would be nice :)
#8
davestavros
Do you think it will do skype over wifi?


Well they say you will be able to install Android Apps....tell you when i do :)
1 Like #9
Winchmore
mminghella
Seems like an unnecessary device to me, but I really want one!
This is the future....you will be able to update future firmware online...using Android 1.6 on the first releaseif you can sync your contact with google...that would be nice :)
In order to make it the future, it would have to have:
1. answer machine
2. texting
3. google contacts
4. bigger screen
5. more memory

I do still want one though, if only for the geeky "I have an Android home phone" ability
#10
one left in a store near me.....
suspended 2 Likes #11
Can it run Crysis?
#12
DarkKnight
Can it run Crysis?


yep...on full settings @ 1080P
3 Likes #13
Looked interesting until i saw the words: Binatone
#14
mminghella

In order to make it the future, it would have to have:
1. answer machine
2. texting
3. google contacts
4. bigger screen
5. more memory

6. vibrate -- you gotta market these boys toys a bit ...
1 Like #15
alexandercooper
Looked interesting until i saw the words: Binatone

A big + 1 from me lol, cold
#16
roadrunner1
Ok if you don't mind laggy tech I'm out


and the evidence for that is...................?
#17
android 1.6 ... sucks
suspended#18
saayinla
DarkKnight
Can it run Crysis?


yep...on full settings @ 1080P


And in 3D?
#19
alexandercooper
Looked interesting until i saw the words: Binatone

They market leaders in the BIG button phone...you may after all one day... be using one ;)
#20
Oh carp, one left near me. I now have a decision to make.

I wonder why there's very little stock about, but no reviews.

Edited By: gavjbrown on Nov 19, 2010 19:40
#21
Just read it comes with a stylus!!!. Does that mean its a resistive screen.
#22
dam it why are they running 1.6 on it =(
#23
99.99 pifffff


dont tell me you can do everything on a android mobile phone but its not mobile....

waste of time.
#24
Binatone, the cutting edge of technology?
1 Like #25
cigbunt
99.99 pifffff
dont tell me you can do everything on a android mobile phone but its not mobile....
waste of time.

That's me too - it seems the wrong price, for what I am assuming is a cordless phone, with a screen, that lets you do some internet stuff. I'd go for a decent panny cordless and an Orange San Francisco phone, running a more recent android version, for not too much more - I'm guessing £130 with discounts etc.
#26
Voted cold as Its not realy a deal. Argos have had this for some time & its also been out of stock for some time. The price hasnt come down.
#27
gavjbrown


I wonder why there's very little stock about, but no reviews.

Either people cant stop playing with it or still trying to make it work!
#28
Tigga!
android 1.6 ... sucks


Are they going to update this? For the money you might as well get a San Fransisco on PAYG and keep your existing home phone. Does it double as a mobile? (Assume not given the 30m range)
#29
Does this mean that beards rule and tha'
#30
I think i'm turning japanese, i think i'm turning japanese! i really think so :)
#31
im not voting its not by apple if it had the apple ios then it would have been hot
#32
A real dilemma now - there was one left in my local store. Got it reserved, and hopefully some of you guys will let us all know if it's cack or not before the reservation runs out.

Also one available in Hull and one in Lincoln if anyone's interested.
#33
A real dilemma now - there was one left in my local store. Got it reserved, and hopefully some of you guys will let us all know if it's cack or not before the reservation runs out.

Also one available in Hull and one in Lincoln if anyone's interested.
#34
Wait a few weeks and get it half price, i reckon it will be cack.
#35
panddda
A real dilemma now - there was one left in my local store. Got it reserved, and hopefully some of you guys will let us all know if it's cack or not before the reservation runs out.

Also one available in Hull and one in Lincoln if anyone's interested.


if you not happy with it...take it back :)
#36
rhinopaul
Voted cold as Its not realy a deal. Argos have had this for some time & its also been out of stock for some time. The price hasnt come down.


Argos had it listed...but never stocked...I think this is the first time it hits the street..due to delays

Edited By: Winchmore on Nov 19, 2010 20:57
#37
tempted to the lincoln one if its still available
suspended#38
i wonder what technology it uses for wireless audio, 802.11n? Or does it use the same technology as regular wireless house phones? This could possibly alter the audio quality and signal strength. Android 1.6 is rather old, 2.1+ would have been much better.
#39
mminghella

In order to make it the future, it would have to have:
1. answer machine
2. texting
3. google contacts
4. bigger screen
5. more memory


It's got an answer phone. But yes, no google sync (presumably the thing isn't a google-blessed use of android).

If it had that (syncing of contacts and calendar), I could see the value of it even with all the more silly features (internet radio, etc.) but without it it looks like yet another annoying gadget, though I guess there's a decent chance that its various functions would be discoverable at least to some extent. (I doubt I could add a phone number to my current home phone without significant fiddling.
#40
They are trying to look like a mobile phone but they do not.

On the picture you see the phone with screen but you have to turn over to use the phone so that when you answer it the screen is on the reverse side.

And the speaker/mic. just look stupid, actual looks like a standard phone.

These were announced at the start of the year. N. America get the Motorolla version but it is still made by Binotone, looks worst but I think the speaker/mic. are on the proper side.

Anyone got a link for a manual, I'd like to read that.

Maybe it looks better in the flesh.

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