Retro Phone: Combining the Old with the New

Retro Phone: Combining the Old with the New

Range Govindan
Mar 10, 2009

Buying phones is always something problematic. There are so many phones out there with so many features. As a base rule, cordless phones are cool, but they rarely have the same reception as a corded model. At least, that's been my experience. Why do we need so many features? How about just a simple phone that does its job very well?

The aptly named Touch Screen Rotary is a retro-inspired phone designed by Mark Miller. It combines the beauty of the rotary phone with new digital technology. The touch controls are on the rotary that is prominently featured. There is also a backlit screen. The base of the phone will glow with each incoming call and it's fit for VOIP or landlines, making it really useful.

I really like the design. It's simple, useful and it works well within this concept. I like how simple and effective it is. This makes a lot of sense because you don't need that many features on a phone, since it's just there to enable conversations. The fact of the matter is that more and more people are using VOIP without really realizing it. At home, we have a cheap VOIP line, but most cable companies now offer VOIP over the cable. [via Yanko Design, photos by Mark Miller]

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