If you can’t beat them, join them. The venerable landline is getting a modern makeover with the Philips S10, a home phone that looks like a smartphone, complete with a 3.5” touchscreen.
Inside, the S10 doesn’t function as a smartphone, but thanks to Bluetooth, it can access your smartphone’s address book, if you want to make calls from your home phone. The Bluetooth receiver is on the base unit, and will also allow you to receive incoming calls to your smartphone on your home phone, though the conversation will still count towards your monthly allotment of wireless minutes, if you don’t have an unlimited plan. You can also making outgoing calls using your smartphone’s number from the S10, if you want. The cordless handset has a range of about 50 meters.
If you’re living with roommates, you can add a lock to contacts on your S10, or have contact information disappear once you take the paired smartphone out of Bluetooth range.
But, do you need it? Probably not, unless you’re stuck in the frustrating situation of having poor wireless signal in your own home. If that’s the case, the S10 will allow you to take those smartphone calls on a phone with much higher sound quality, thanks to HQ-sound technology. Philips indicates that sound quality will be dramatically improved, even in areas with poor signal, because of the DECT connection that the S10 uses during calls.
Pricing and availability for the Philips S10 Premium Cordless Phone are unknown at this time.