One To Relish?
It now seems that the fixed-line telephone – an object which appeared late in my life (we didn’t have one until I was 17) may turn out to have been a relative flash in the pan after all. My mother bought a Trimphone, one of those phones which was so lightweight that it flew off the table when you picked up the receiver. She also purchased a bizarre rickety telephone table which you were meant to sit at while making the call.
Despite living in the travel-epicentre of London, between three major national railway termini, I get rubbish broadband speeds from BT, who issue vague promises about improving the service only to keep endlessly moving the date back. So why do I stay? Well the BB comes bundled with the phone line, which has by now become a mysterious device only seen in Hollywood films or used by cold-callers and the aforesaid mother, back when she could still remember that the TV remote wasn’t a mobile (I made sure never to call her when she was ironing). These days if I ring she shouts ‘I can’t hear you’ 42 times before hanging up.
A tentative welcome, then, to Relish, a startup that plans to do away with stupid fixed-line phones forever with this nifty little bugger, which you just plug into a wall and turn on (having first remembered to switch over your printer and any airplay devices). So far it doesn’t come anywhere near to matching the speeds promised in the PR but I’m prepared to give it the full two weeks sale-or-return time. It’s definitely faster, and if it comes anywhere near to matching the speed promises I happily kick the BT equipment into touch and cough up 20 nicker a month for not having to stare at a download bar with the intensity of watching the final season of ‘Breaking Bad’.
There’s been an early rush to get one – clearly others also think that divorcing BB and fixed lines is a wizard idea – and there’s just one snag at the moment; it’s London only. But if Relish can do what it says it can do, it won’t be just London for long.