Over two years ago, PSFK suggested that the PSP could really become the product of 2005 with a telephone application for WiFi calls. It didn’t really happen and the PSP seemed to remain just a portable games player.
But maybe that is all about to change: The BBC now reports on a move by British Telecom to create a PSP phone system that would be rolled out into 100 countries:
Using a soon-to be-released camera and microphone, gamers will be able to call other PSP owners and some BT phones. The software has been developed by BT and will eventually allow PSP users to call PCs, fixed lines and mobiles.
Initially the service will only be available in the UK and will only work on home or BT wireless hotspots. Currently, there are around 2,000 of these situated in airports, railway stations, hotels and fast food restaurants.
More than 24 million PSPs have been sold around the world, with more than eight million of those sold in the UK. According to BT, the software will eventually be distributed to telecoms companies in 100 other countries.