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Review: BT's tough new phone is perfect for a rugged industrial workspace

By John Mulgrew

Not all phones have to be dripping in technological advancements and adornments to be useful pieces of kit. BT's tough, hard-wearing Elements 1k phone claims to have a 1km range - something we weren't able to test to the full reach - and it certainly achieves clear and precise dialling and voice quality over a much shorter range.

While the phone can easily work in the home or office, it's probably best suited to something where its rugged and sturdy credentials are tested. Whether that's a foreman on a building site, or a phone that can be carried around a busy industrial work space.

It's dustproof, and can be submerged in water of up to one metre in depth.

It's a chunky and solid device in the hand, with rubberised edges and a sturdy frame. It survived the drop test from a couple of metres with ease, and could handle a building site or mucky field.

It also boasts simple mobile phone-type features, including a contacts book and text messaging.

And for those unwanted calls, the phone helps block a host of nuisance calls, including those from withheld numbers.

Its answering machine can also be accessed remotely, with the phone boasting 10 hours of talk time and 250 hours of battery life on standby.

The device comes with one handset, alongside its long-range station.

But packages can also include additional handsets.

The Elements 1k can be bought at www.bt.com/shop and is available for £79.99.

 

Belfast Telegraph