Truly an everyday object and commodity, the landline telephone was one of the greatest influences of the 20th century. And even if today mobile phones & emails are gaining the upper hand on landline telephones, this does not prevent some inventors to go crazy with awesome projects.
As a matter of facts, Orange – one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators – has just revealed a universal telephone for the home inspired by the style of the 1930s, but featuring modern technology, functions and materials.
Deemed a universal landline telephone, NeoRetro works with your regular phone line or Internet box (compatible in the European Union, United States and Canada). In addition to working on the aesthetics of NeoRetro, Orange’s designers took a comprehensive approach to harmonize its retro look with carefully designed interfaces and high quality sound.
The devices consists of a base with a 1930s-like rotary dial which has been reworked to fit in with the habits of today (the numbers are dialed using tactile buttons), and comes with an additional receiver that enables another participant not only to listen to a call but also to contribute to it thanks to the built-in microphone.
All three elements are pre-paired to a micro base that can be plugged into your internet box or taking-phone, for a very simple installation. The phone operates wirelessly, and only the base requires to be plugged into an electrical outlet.
Orange has set a target of 50,000 euros to trigger the production process of the phone (500 contributions). And apparently this project has raised a keen interest, since the project has been funded after only 3 days on the crowdfunding platform Ulule! With 27 days left, the NeoRetro could turn into a pretty successful venture.
The NeoRetro is currently priced 109 euros (approximately $122 US and $150 CA) excluding postage, and will ship in the European Union, the United States and Canada. If the campaign reaches its goal, the phones will be delivered in Q1 2016. The NeoRetro will then be released later in 2016 on the consumer market for 139 euros (approximately $160 US and $200 CA).