BT Fusion power comes online

We've been hanging on the telephone for BT Fusion since it was launched back in June [story here], so you can imagine our chorus of hearty hurrahs whe

We've been hanging on the telephone for BT Fusion since it was launched back in June [story here], so you can imagine our chorus of hearty hurrahs when we discovered the phone's finally available.

BT tells us that the 'first few hundred' customers have now received their combo packs of the mobile-that-uses-your-broadband-to-make-cheap-calls. Around 21,000 people have registered their interest on BT's website to sign up for the service.

That's no mean feat considering Fusion is potentially very complicated. As regular Stuffers will know, it consists of a Bluetooth mobile - the Motorola V560 - that can connect to a special Bluetooth/Wi-Fi router at home to make cheap calls via the internet.

You'll pay 5p-an-hour to UK landlines when off-peak, for instance, and just 3p-a-minute to UK landlines in peak time. That's not bad value, though you have to pay a £10 or £15 sub plus BT's usual line rental charges.

BT's also been teasing us with news of more handsets beyond the fairly cruddy and old school V560. The imminent arrival of the Motorola V3 - Stuff's much-loved RAZR - has already been talked about, but BT says there'll be several more mobiles for Fusion come 'early 2006'.

To get Fusion at the moment you have to go through a slightly convoluted process. Instead of just ordering it online or picking it up from a shop, you need to 'register for interest' on Fusion's website. What that actually means, however, is 'add to basket' - once you've signed up, BT contact you and begin to arrange the setup of the service. Typically it takes 3-4 weeks to get up and running.

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