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  • Retro Phone for iPad/iPhone is Actually Released for Purchase



    In the last few months, we've seen no shortage of quirky, unorthodox, and bizarre iPhone, iPod, and iPad accessories that, while fun to read about, have little practical value. And, until now, most prototype accessories were only presented for our amusement in theory. This week, however, one such accessory was actually released and made available for purchase.

    For some reason that escapes understanding, there is a powerful preoccupation with many to turn their cutting-edge mobile phones and similar gadgets into devices that represent the technology of old. Case in point: iPhones and iPods modified to look like old-school rotary phones and pay telephones that altogether defeat the whole "mobile" aspect of contemporary mobile phones.

    Despite the annoying plethora of accessories that rewind the clock back a little farther than most forward-thinking gadget-gurus appreciate, there are no signs of this obsession subsiding. On Thursday, for example, we were introduced to the Moshi Moshi 01H handset that - while using Skype software - connects to the iPad and effectively morphs your tablet computer into a phone that might resemble what your grandparents - or great grandparents -still use as their primary means of communication.

    The Moshi Moshi 01H handset, designed by French designer David Turpin, is officially on sale for $29.99. Don't have an iPad? That's quite alright. The above handset will work just fine on your iPhone too.

    Anyone actually going to buy this thing? Even better... does anyone understand this veritable obsession with modifying iPhones and iPads into retro phones?

    Image via BoingBoing
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Retro Phone for iPad/iPhone is Actually Released for Purchase started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Let's make out "New Technology" iPad/iPhone and make it old! Haha
      What calling app is that?
    1. finalfantasy_lkta's Avatar
      finalfantasy_lkta -
      Lol, but isnt it kinda weird to carry a nice ipad with that big red handset ? I'd rather have a bluetooth device stuck on my ear
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      wow, this was posted over at TUAW like a week ago...

      why we rehashing crap? not even front page news worthy...

      and no source stated... again..
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      [*laughing*] yes finally we'll stop hearing that the iPAd is an oversized iTouch....and hear that it is now an oversized iPhone

      ....looks fun to have around the house though. useless as it may be.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      combining two super useless things that are also super bulky... yay

      (feel free to bash this post)
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      Wow
    1. flxj21's Avatar
      flxj21 -
      Reminds me of a simpler time!!!!
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      Quote Originally Posted by extremzocker View Post
      combining two super useless things that are also super bulky... yay

      (feel free to bash this post)
      Thats what she said.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      ridiculous hahahaha.
    1. Ruud's Avatar
      Ruud -
      I want this in backpack configuration if possible
    1. symondavis's Avatar
      symondavis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Disneyricky View Post
      Let's make out "New Technology" iPad/iPhone and make it old! Haha
      What calling app is that?
      It's Skype, look at the bottom on the right, it clearly shows the Skype logo
    1. riddick1224's Avatar
      riddick1224 -
      That thing has been available at ThinkGeek :: Stuff for Smart Masses for awhile now.
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      How ridiculous would a person look walking around town with this
    1. mactwisted's Avatar
      mactwisted -
      if you have thirty bucks to spend on this, then do two things for me 1) help a child and 2) buy a cheap bluetooth headset with your change.

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    1. mooritexxx's Avatar
      mooritexxx -
      it looks dope
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Probably use that for home use. Is anyone who wants to use the iPad as a fax machine?
    1. SchmilK's Avatar
      SchmilK -
      The thing to remember is how many gawking weird looks you will get while talking on a bright red retro phone while driving Thats the only reason I would enjoy it :P What would be better is make it wireless bluetooth

      Next thing that I would like to see in the retro world...


      THIS as a bluetooth headset LMAO!!!!!
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Quote Originally Posted by extremzocker View Post
      combining two super useless things that are also super bulky... yay

      (feel free to bash this post)
      It's easy to call it useless when you've never even seen one up close, or touched one.

      I have one right here. And you're wrong.