10 May 2020

Impress your friends with a rotary-dial cellphone

"... it's not just a show-and-tell piece... My intent is to use it as my primary phone. It fits in a pocket; It's reasonably compact; calling the people I most often call is faster than with my old phone, and the battery lasts almost 24 hours."
Details at Justine Haupt, via Dark Roasted Blend.

7 comments:

  1. Another plus? People who were not old enough to watch the first moon landing won't know how to use the phone...

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    1. I was born in 1981 and used rotary phones extensively as a kid. I think your timeline is off a bit. From the ages of 5-10 I saw push button phones slowly replace rotary phones in my area (Northern IL). There are even a few still around, I know a guy who has one in his basement but I'm not sure if it's still functional. It was about 10 years ago.

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    2. My parents had a rotary phone line and working rotary phone until they moved about a year ago.

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    3. I'll admit to a bit of hyperbole in my comment. I do have a rotary dial phone in my garage. It only receives calls, I can't dial out on it.

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  2. Delving deeper into the product, and especially into this woman's ideas, is interesting. She is very much a proponent of open source product development and champions some revisions in patent law. I think sitting down to a meal and some conversation with her would be fascinating.

    Her rant about "Stupid things about technologicial progress, and an offered solution." (http://www.skysedge.us/philosophy/index.html) is worth the 5 minutes it takes to read it.

    BTW, you can buy a very basic kit to make that phone for $90. Not all parts are included. The technoogical expertise to actually put it together and make it work might cost a bit more than that...

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  3. we have a rotary phone on the farm; touchtone service costs more. to get around the need to use touchtone for the 'press 3 to reach whatever', the phone has a pulse / tone switch. you pulse to dial out then switch to tone to make your selections.

    I-)

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    1. the farm is on a party line, too. however, now the phone only rings when it is for us. in the old days, one long ring was for us.

      I-)

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