This Burnside Easy Answer Phone is a mobile phone masquerading as a desktop landline phone. Apparently this quad band unit is less threatening to older folk, and also easier to use than a standard mobile phone. Sure it won’t fit it into your pocket, but your cell phone also won’t answer automatically in speakerphone mode like this one. Just slot in a SIM card of your choice and carry it around with you for emergencies. Or something. £169.00.
Burnside’s Easy Answer technology allows a caller to talk to anyone within earshot, without the called person having to touch the phone. This is especially helpful for those who are unable to come to the phone to answer it. The phone can automatically switch on this hands-free mode when it receives calls from numbers already programmed into its memory.