A household name in telecoms provision BT have continued to be at the forefront of innovative telephone design and have a range of corded phones, DECT Cordless Phones, nuisance call blockers, baby monitors and phones for the hard of hearing.
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BT's origins date back to the founding of the Electric Telegraph Company in 1846 which developed a nationwide communications network. In 1912, the General Post Office, a government department, became the monopoly telecoms supplier in the UK.
The Post Office Act of 1969 led to the GPO becoming a public corporation. British Telecommunications, trading as British Telecom, was formed in 1980, and became independent of the Post Office in 1981.