Back to the Future of Phones

Sometimes the universe throws things your way that can be attributed only to remarkable serendipity. As I had just exchanged of comments with another Xangan about how technology has rapidly changed in the past few decades (in this case, in the context of how to meet people – you remember when people placed personal ads in a newspaper and would receive responses to their post office box?), I came across this funny smartphone accessory:

Broconi Retro iPhone Handset

The Broconi Retro iPhone Handset. Using a form that will be familiar to anyone over the age of about 30 (or who has watched Mad Men), the handset plugs into the audio jack or 30-pin connector on your smart phone. Sure, it is wildly impractical, but with all the concern over smart phone radiation frying your brain each time you make a call, maybe it’s a forward-thinking idea to keep your phone away from your ear. I can’t think of a more stylish way to accomplish that.


0 thoughts on “Back to the Future of Phones

  1. You happened to have chosen my favourite word in the dictionary, and no, it’s not apple! Naturally, since I’m a computer dunce, I have no idea what the hello you just said…….

  2. That is funny and mind boggling at the same time. I still use an old Motorola cell phone. The company keeps telling me that I am eligible for a new phone and to update the one I have. I want nothing to do with it.

  3. When I first saw this accessory, my first reaction was, “What a stupid accessory.” And then once day, I actually saw someone use this on the street. “What a stupid person.” was one of my more benign thoughts. It shows people will buy everything.

  4. People try to design a phone that is left sided or right handed. At least the phone assessory is side neutral and avoids radiation.Pink is a nice color if it doesn’t clash too much. However among different colored stuff it stands out and prevents getting lost.

  5. Dear Chris,What amazing things they dream up nowadays. I recently posted an article about the “future that never happened.” Now in the “real future” it seems we want to get back to the past! LOLOne of my late roommate’s possessions was one of those old dial princess phones. I thought it was neat, so I put it on a shelf along with my other cultural detirtus from the past, like polaroid cameras, etc. I’ve had myriad problems with digital delivery of my AT&T phone service in the mobile park, and that damn old analog phone has sure come in handy to let me know if I’m really getting a signal or not. Instead of weird beeps and whirrings, I either get a dial tone or I don’t.Maybe the attachable dial device will be available for the iphone 5 this Christmas, eh?Michael F.Nyiri, poet, philosopher, fool 

  6. Oh I so remember those phones. I grew up in the same town I still live in, small town on the Washington Coast. I remember when they put the first pay phone in down by the gas station and it cost five cents to make a local call.Thanks for the memory:)

  7. @agmhkg – Why did you use it only once? Just not practical?@Inciteful – A little dry humor as a palate cleanser between food entries.@Grannys_Place – I’m struck by how odd it will be for the generation that is growing up now – I’m thinking of my nieces, who are in primary school – to not know a world of rotary dial phones, tape cassette answering machines, the initial touch-tone phones, etc. My how things have changed in just a few years!@baldmike2004 – Thanks for your comment Michaelt. I’m sure that the retro handset will fit the new iPhone. Speaking of the future that never happened, I’m reminded of Tomorrowland at Disneyland and how the vision of the future was very different from what came to pass.@PPhilip – The funny thing is, my grandfather (who is in his 90s) emailed me after reading this post and wants to know more about the handset. It seems that he finds his mobile phone hard to use with his hearing aids and thinks the handset might make it easier to use. With the handset available only in black (“no, that looks too much like our TV remote controls”) and vivid colors like pink, yellow, or gold, I think he’ll have to settle for some bright color.@ClimbUpTreesToLookForFish – Welcome to the world of technology. I have yet to buy a smartphone, preferring an old Nokia “candy bar” phone. Maybe I will cave in before the year’s end, though, and buy one…@murisopsis – The name “almond” for that bland color always amused me. Why not “blanched almond”?@KnightInCROATIANarmor – Yes, I guess for some people, the technology might not be quite as unfamiliar. My family was late in adopting these types of technologies, so we had a rotary dial phone forever, were the last family I knew to get an answering machine, etc.@Fatcat723 – There is certainly a market for relatively “useless” stuff, isn’t there?@Lakakalo – Oh, yes, I have heard of this. Another one of those “really!?” things…@ZenPaper – Easier to find, I guess?@LostSock21 – Well, they were always further ahead on technology, right?@secade – Either that, or design references run on an approximately 50-year cycle. Actually, I read that in an article recently. @beowulf222 – My grandfather wants one!@ZSA_MD – Yes, these companies certainly want you to get on the merry-go-round of buying a new phone every two years or so. I, too, have been satisfied with my old Nokia candy bar phone.@Kellsbella – Am glad that I serendipitously chose your favorite word! =D@Devilzgaysianboi – Well, truth be told, I haven’t jumped on the smart phone band wagon yet. I’ll probably cave in soon, but have found that I spend so much time in front of a computer for my job that when I’m out and about, not having a computer with me is a joy. But I guess we all get caught up in the waves of technology, and eventually there will be an iPhone in my pocket.@ElusiveWords – You and me, both.

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