Let the Right One In… An end to cold callers?

Hands up who isn’t fed up of door to door cold callers. At best a mildly irritating nuisance, and at worst a form of psychological bullying that can intimidate many people, door to door cold callers are one of the banes of modern life. In fact, I’m sad to report that complaints to Citizens Advice about such unwanted callers have reached a record high between January and September this year. Now an invention originally conceived by a 13-year old schoolboy could be set to come to the rescue of many phone weary folk the world over…


Called the Smartbel, the device links your doorbell with either your landline or mobile phone which means you can talk to people first before you answer the door. The gadget operates with a sim card and technology that currently exists in a standard mobile phone.

Retailing at £129.99 from Fireco, along with free 12 months of airtime, the Smartbel could well revolutionise the way we open our door, and put an end once and for all to uninvited strangers making door to door calls. Should you be awaiting the delivery of a parcel and you can’t get to the door, you can also explain to them where they should leave the package. Most handy, as I’m sure you’ll agree.

Not only can you use the device for your home, but the Smartbel can also be implemented at businesses and leisure organisations who do not have a traders intercom to screen visitors.

For further information on the Smartbel intelligent doorbell and how to get yoru hands on the technology, visit www.smartbel.co.uk .


Gigaset launches SL910A the UK’s first touchscreen phone

Thanks largely to the influence of Apple’s iPhone, buttons on  mobile phones are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Now German manufacturer Gigaset hopes to kick-start this buttonless trend in the home telephone market by launching a range of state of the art cordless touchscreen phones, dubbed the SL910A.


Strongly influenced by the latest generation of smart-phones and tablet PCs, the phones go on general sale in November, putting them in pole position for the Christmas sales, although slightly expensive for a sticking filler at over £100 each. You do get plenty of bang for your buck though, and the technology integrated into each phone is certainly impressive.

The 6.8 x 4.5 cm high resolution screen boasts an ultra clear display and a slick user interface that makes it easy to navigate around the SL910A. With a tap of your finger you can open up address books, retrieve messages, dial number and even view a photo slide show (although quite why you would want this feature in a home telephone is another matter entirely). With enough capacity to store 240 pictures at a time on the phone and the ability to create a slideshow, it would be rude not to use it.

There is enough memory to store up to 500 different contacts (which can also display pictures), a built-in calendar, a multitude of ring-tones and all of the standard features you would expect to find a in a modern phone.

This clever package is all encased in a smart-looking black metal frame, ensuring that the SL910A not only looks good but is also durable enough to withstand day to day knocks during use.

A must-buy for any modern gadget nuts household, and serves as a tantalising glimpse into the future of touchscreen phones.

You can find out more about Gigaset at http://www.gigaset.com/uk