Call Me Retro Phone Handset

I found these retro-styled handsets on close out at Toys ‘R’ Us for $9.99 and picked one up.

For my birthday in 2011 I got the bluetooth version of this same phone. This brand (“Call Me”) simply plugs in to your phone the same as any other headphone/mic headset. That means no configuration required. Other than the volume slider on the phone’s handset, there’s not a lot to it. Just plug it in and talk away.

I actually like the added realism of having a phone cord. Those of you who never had a phone whip out of your hands as you were walking away from the handset have no idea idea…

The Classic Red Phone

I was in need of a new land line phone recently. I had an avocado green trimstyle phone for a couple of years, but recently it stopped ringing. I had long planned to replace it with another phone and red was the color I craved. A quick look online and I settled upon the SCI-25003 Standard 1 Line Des Phone in Red. So far I have no complaints. It feels sturdy, the button action is nice and the ring. Ahhhh, the the ring, it is just what the doctor ordered. So if you need a home phone, think red and think the SCI-25003.

Retro Phone Handsets

If you’re a fan of the Retroist you’re probably into old things, but unfortunately there are some modern marvels of technology (like cell phones) that are simply a necessary evil. What’s a guy to do?

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THIS, my friends, is a Bluetooth retro handset. This particular one sells for $25 at ThinkGeek.com, but I’ve seen them at the mall (at Brookstone) for around $40. The handset comes with a USB cable for charging purposes, but connects to your phone wirelessly using Bluetooth.

I received one of these (the red one) for my birthday last month, and you wouldn’t believe the looks I get while talking into it and driving down the street. For those of you who live in areas of the country that require “hands free” cell phones, this qualifies — simply hold the handset between your shoulder and your head like we used to do back in the 80s, and voila — it’s hands free!

I’ve been wanting to take my handset to the mall and use it while walking around, but since it’s wireless I’m afraid people won’t believe it’s a real phone and will have me arrested for being crazy. If that happens, I’ll demand to use my handset for my one phone call.

I’ll let you know how it goes.