Brian Blessed to record bespoke O2 voicemail messages


First 100 customers to buy a HTC Windows Phone on the network can claim a personalised message

O2 has signed up actor Brian Blessed to record a voicemail message for the first hundred customers to buy either of the HTC Windows Phone 8 handsets on the network before February 4.

Blessed, best known for his distinctive voice and roles in 1980 film Flash Gordon and in the first series of comedy series Blackadder, will record the bespoke messages using the name and interests of each qualifying customer.

After buying the phone those wishing to claim their personalised voicemail message must notify the operator through Twitter using the hashtag ‘brianmail’.

Blessed said: “I’m thrilled to be lending my vocal talents to the good folk at O2. I’m planning to have a lot of fun with the voicemail messages, and leave the caller amused, confused and generally bewildered.”

O2 general manager for devices David Johnson added: “Brian Blessed’s a cult hero and a voicemail message by him will make our customers’ new Windows Phone 8 by HTC phones even more personalised than before.

“Recording a good voicemail is always tricky and having a national treasure like Brian record yours for you is a chance that doesn’t come by all that often.”

Pic by Steve Cowell