Many, many years ago people used these things to make calls. People used to have them on special telephone tables in their hall. Think back to your childhood and you might perhaps remember one sat next to a tub of pens and some paper.
To make calls you had to slot your finger into the correctly numbered hole and rotate it all the way around. The name, surprisingly, was the rotary telephone. It was also known as the Telephone 706 and the General Post Office, who ran the UK telephone system, would rent you one for a montly fee.
There were several other flavours, and you can fill your boots with this Wikipedia article, but how about owning one now?
Well, my friends, you can – and stay with me, because I’ve not got to the best bit yet. Last year we featured old Motorola Startak handsets getting a new lease of life and Opis Technology now make this classic handset in 8 different colours. It features a tone-dial menu, so you don’t have to suffer with the pulse-dialing slowness (as featured on the original one) and you can grab one on Amazon.
There’s three different versions. First is a classic wired landline version – the Opis 60s Cable – which costs £59. Second is the Opis 60s Micro, a version that plugs into your smartphone, tablet or ultrabook for Skype etc – that’s only £19.
The third version though.. this is the one I’m really interested in. The Otis 60s Mobile costs £109 and, after you’ve popped your SIM card in, you’ve got a completely mobile handset with local area code storage to mimic fixed-line phone behaviour that’ll save up to 9 quick-dial numbers. This mobile version has a battery lifetime of 1 week in standby with 5 hours talk time.
What’s that you say? Combersome to carry around? Bagh, don’t worry – there’s a canvas messenger bag (as you can see below) which will be available in December and the side compartment allows storage for an ultrabook or tablet.
Sure, I know it sounds a bit “out there” but I’m loving the idea of having a classic telephone with a SIM card in – I’d take it from home to work and never be bothered by email again ;)
So, if you want to head back to the ’60s, stick this on your wish-list for Christmas, or head over and buy one now.
Opis Technology makes the classic 60s telephone mobile
22 October 2013 – Dresden, Germany: The classic-designed 60s telephone has been given an update to transform it into a mobile by Opis Technology. The Opis 60s mobile telephone retains the classic looks and superb craftsmanship of the 60s design icon and is available in 8 colours.
“60s nostalgia and classic designs are enjoying a renaissance as it was a remarkable era for many fashion trends; Mary Quant invented the mini-skirt and Jackie Kennedy introduced the pillbox hat,” said Aron Zeh, CEO Opis Technology. “Complete with a rotary dialler, metal finger stop, mechanical ringing bell, weighty handset and the robust look and feel of an old-fashioned classic the Opis 60s mobile captures all the elements of an iconic British design but adds a few essential mobile functions.”
The Opis 60s mobile incorporates features such as tone-dial menu control, local area code storage to mimic fixed-line phone behaviour and can save up to 9 quick-dial numbers. The Opis 60s mobile has a battery lifetime of 1 week in standby with 5 hours talk time.
3 Opis 60s telephones are available through Amazon UK. The Opis 60s mobile – a portable version of the classic landline telephone, priced at £109. The Opis 60s micro – a classic handset that can be connected to a smartphone, tablet or ultrabook and costs £19. The Opis 60s cable – a classic landline telephone, retailing at £59. Customised telephones for businesses including special functionality, colour, logos, branding, silk print and personal dial discs are also on offer through Opis Technology.
“We are all accustomed to the minimalist glass and plastic candy bar/slabs as the standard for mobile phones or telephones in the home. However, 60s design was all about creating products with substance and style – clean lines, elegance and a high standard of finish,“ continued Zeh. “For those who want to make a statement whether it’s at a meeting, conference or just need something that completes a look in the home then the Opis 60s makes the perfect accessory.”
An attractive Opis 60s mobile canvas messenger bag will be available in December for carrying the classic telephone. A chunky button-down flap provides both protection and access for easy dialling and use of the handset. A side compartment allows storage for an ultrabook or tablet.