Retro Phone Handsets

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?


THIS, my friends, is a Bluetooth retro handset. This particular one sells for $25 at, 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.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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