Replace cordless phone with iPhone
OK ... I want to ditch the cordless handset and answering attached to my land-line. I can’t say enough rude and disparaging things about it.
When someone rings our number, I want all the iPhones in the house to ring, any one of them being able to answer the call. If this was limited to my wi-fi zone, I could live with that. A gold star awarded if I can answer it in anyone's wi-fi zone and guaranteed purchase if I can answer it out and about on 3G (without a jailbreak!).
If the calling number is in anyone’s contacts, it will display their details as it does with mobile calls today.
If someone else picked up the call, it would tell me who and if unanswered, it will take a message and alert me to its presence, regardless of where I am. Ideally, I can listen to the message straight out of the app - second prize if I have to "call home" to retrieve it.
I want the functions of the landline to be identical to the current mobile phone and ideally it would be fully integrated and seamless – I just choose which “line” to use, when calling out (mobile or landline).
Obviously, this has to be more than an app – there will need to be a piece of hardware that connects to the phone socket, connects to the wi-fi and connects to the internet. And indeed, this is where most of the functionality would live.
Setup and control of this “black box” (mental image of an Apple TV), would be entirely managed by the app and be “Apple-like” – intuitive and easy to use, no instructions necessary. iPad version for the control piece would be peachy.
Skype integration is not necessary … but you can see how all these thing could come together!
This is not too much to ask for, is it? I’d cough up $199 for something like this in a heartbeat.
Maybe Apple should do it! Maybe it's already done!
Oh, did I mention I want it by the 24th of December … I'm one present short
Update: the resident financial controller wants it to detect if the incoming caller is FaceTime enabled and switch the call to FaceTime and fall back to VOIP (Skype, presumably) if internet enabled.