Tom Baker becomes voice of text

Mobile phones

A text message – that’s a short message, so named because it is a message of text. Not anymore; BT has introduced talking text to and from home phones and for the first three months, they’ll be spoken by Tom Baker.

You can send a text from a mobile to a landline in the normal way – just enter the landline number as the destination instead. To send a text from a landline to another landline or to a mobile, you need a text-enabled home phone, BT Caller Display and a compatible phone line.

If the recipient has got a text-enabled phone and has registered for BT Text, they will ordinarily receive texts in written format. If you want to surprise them with a Tom Baker text, you can force it to be delivered as speech instead by typing *tts# at the start of your message (‘text to speech’).

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