Archive for Telephones

Are Phone Booths Coming Back?

Posted in Telephones by Tam Yue on May 23rd, 2014

Phone BoothNeed a place to have a private conversation on your cell phone at work? Or maybe you need to change into your super suit? The Finnish company Framery designed a sound proof “phone booth” for you to do either.

Many people at work are subjected to an open floor plan with seemingly square miles of cubicles where you can hear everyone and don’t get a second of private time. Framery goes into great lengths to discuss the importance of the sound insulation for privacy, the acoustics inside, and the design of these booths.

Speakal introduces Windows 7 office phone

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on January 7th, 2011

We’ve seen desk phones powered by Android, but this is probably the first we’ve seen that is powered by Microsoft’s Windows 7. Speakal is showing the device off at CES and it is dubbed the BTS8. The operating system allows users to manage and record phone calls, answer emails and even video chat thanks to the integrated webcam and Skype.

It also features a web browser, it can receive faxes, SMS text messaging, media player, contact management, calendar and VGA output. The company’s CEO says you can save up to 90% of the power regularly used by a desktop computer.

Leadtek AMOR8210 videophone debuts at CES

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

Whether you think we need video phones in our homes or not, you have to admit they are cool. Leadtek knows this and so they have announced the US launch of the AMOR8210. It’s already pretty popular in Taiwan. Will it make waves here?

Some of the features include a cordless handset, VoIP and regular telephone support (using RJ45 and RJ11 ports), widgets like audio and video players, and even integration with other devices for surveillance and health monitoring. We think it sounds pretty nifty.

Alessi Cordless DECT phone with 65,000 color OLED display

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2009

Alessi Cordless DECT phone with 65,000 color OLED displayThe DECT phone, designed by Italian Stefano Giovannoni, combines some very nice design with advanced functions. The phone features a 65,000 color OLED display, as well as preloaded backgrounds and ringtones.

Though it may look and sound like just a concept, the DECT phone is real. You can actually buy it. The phone also has a large directory for storing contacts and a high quality speaker. It’s priced pretty reasonably at $175.

Soda cup phone

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on December 24th, 2008

Soda cup phoneThe Soda Cup phone is a bit more stealthy then the average hamburger phone. The cord is the only thing that gives it away as a phone. If they had made a cordless model, it would fool everybody.

Just answer this phone in front of somebody and they will feel like they are on drugs. Dude that’s a phone? At $14, you can’t afford not to buy this smiley freckle faced fake cup with weird generic Soda name.

Motorola intros D10 and D11 digital cordless phones

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2008

Motorola intros D10 and D11 digital cordless phonesMotorola has some new digital cordless phones, the D10 and D11. Both feature an innovative design that we haven’t really seen before. If the picture above is any indication it can turn the steam from your coffee into a weird hovering alien creature.

The D10 and D11 handsets are intelligent enough that they can adjust automatically to optimize output depending on how far they are from the base unit. In the intelligent ‘eco mode’, you can save on battery power and get longer talk time without sacrificing voice quality. The phone is eco-conscious because 20% of it is made from recycled material, which will help reduce your carbon footprint, which currently looks like Bigfoot on steroids.

Ooma Introduces Telo, free calling in the US

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2008

Ooma Introduces Telo, free calling in the USOoma’s Telo is the first dedicated phone that lets users use both a cordless handset and a matching router to make unlimited calls within the US as well as free international calls, but there’s a catch, the recipient has to be an Ooma owner as well. Ooma plans to use the Internet for its range of services including caller ID and ringtones, the ability to talk to a computer while updating contacts remotely and playing voice mail away from the phone. It will even send address information instantly whenever you place a 911 call for emergencies. You’re going to need a reliable and fast broadband connection. The Ooma Telo will retail for $250.

OpenFrame Platform looks like an iPhone

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on August 21st, 2008

OpenFrame Platform looks like an iPhoneIf you’re a company that is still making landline phones, you have to come up with something that’s gonna make people want them. Like mimicking the iPhone for instance. Could be coincidence. Maybe. The OpenFrame Platform from OpenPeak sure looks a lot like Apples wonder phone. The frame is the center piece for the wireless phones.

They’ve been working on it for about a year and it should be available in early 2009, priced from $200 and $300, distributed by telecom service providers. I wonder if they’re also planning on providing cool apps so you can really get the whole experience of an iPhone for the home. I wonder if this could fly.

IOCELL phone sends your conversations around the web

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2008

IOCELL phone sends your conversations around the webThe Iocell Contents Phone looks pretty cool, but it has a big mouth, like that one friend of yours. It doesn’t keep things to itself, since it contains within it a hard disk which can be used for sending your conversations anywhere on the web.

Sure, it has an awesome look and will give you music on hold, record your conversations and play background music while you talk, but just remember, even if you don’t own one, the person you’re talking to might own one. In other words, be careful what you say from now on. Good looking phones are looking to snitch on you to the internets and hang you out to dry. From now on I’m just saying yeah, uh-huh and bye.

Budweiser beer bottle telephone

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2008

Budweiser beer bottle telephone
Alright, so this is only cool to those who are easily amused and you know who you are. If this was your new phone, then you’d have to call your friends and tell them, “Dude I’m calling from a Bud bottle.” And of course hilarity would ensue. The best part is if you ever have a brawl in your living room, you can hit somebody on the head with your phone and hopefully it won’t leave you holding only shards and the neck of the bottle. Dial the number, then knock that other drunk bastard out just as his mom answers and you tell her to pick his sorry ass up. Yeah this phone is made for drunken fun, frat parties, and of course it’s perfect white trash decor.

Carton of smokes custom phone

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2008

Carton of smokes custom phone
Smoke em if you’ve got em boys. Yet another custom phone. This time, they’ve combined the phone with a carton of smokes. That way it will make more sense when you eventually dial 911 to talk about your breathing problems. Daddy go out for a carton of smokes and never come back? Daddy may be gone, but his memory will remain with this phone.

Money Phone for shady business calls

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on June 8th, 2008

Money Phone for shady business calls
Here’s the perfect phone for that dark smoky back room, by the cash counting machine and crates full of contriband. It says “I want my money now, or else…”. It also says, I make so much money I don’t even care that I look like an idiot holding a stack of fake dough to my head that’s actually a corded phone. But who’s gonna laugh? You’re the head honcho. If you have a silly cash phone, that’s totally your call. Get it?

It goes with the gun phone quite nicely. This phone is also the phone of choice for bill collectors and pimps.

Scarface called, he wants his phone back

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on June 5th, 2008

Scarface called, he wants his phone back
Tony Montana would love to have this phone on his desk. It also makes a great gag gift for your other “business associates”. It’s the phone to use when you mean business. This phone says, I may not be sure who is going to get whacked tonight, but somebody’s going in the river, so let’s lighten the mood a bit as I take this call on my gun.

The telephone is built into the grip of the gun and has an on/off switch near the trigger. It also has a headset jack. You listen and talk by placing the gun to your head, so it’s a better gag if you tell your friend to answer it as you put it to their head. Keeps him honest, ya know.

Talking lips instead of a video phone

Posted in Telephones by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2008

Talking lips instead of a video phone
I’m not sure what it is about lips this week. This is the second bizarre device we’ve found this week that had a pair of lips attached. The first was the kiss phone. The Lips Hands Free Phone Kit is a bit different. This is for those who might want a video phone but can’t afford it. They believe that this hands-free calling kit might be an acceptable compromise.

It clips onto any land line or mobile phone and adds hands-free speakerphone capabilities, but the best part is that it also includes a pair of animated lips that move in sync with the other person talking. No matter who you are talking to from then on, it will always seem that you are talking with a weird female duck-bot thing that mimics the voices of those you know and love. All for the low of price of $18.

Google gets 411 button on new GE home phones

Posted in Telephones by Nino Marchetti on February 7th, 2008

ge-google.jpgNormally we give traditional wireless home phones about as much attention around here as talking moose heads on the wall, but when the New York Times points out one which might be cool we have to check it out. They in fact seem to be right – the forthcoming GE Premiere DECT 6.0 28821FJ3 has a nifty GOOG-411 button centered for you to press for business information calls.

GOOG-411 you say? Isn’t that a Google property? That’s right – Thomson and Google inked a little paid attention to deal at CES last month which brings the one-touch, auto-dial GOOG-411 button functionality to a number of its 2008 DECT 6.0 Interference Free phones. This feature is tied to Google’s free, voice-activated, business directory assistance service and will actually be part of more than a dozen GE phones, available in April.