rotary cell phone

rotary cell phone

somebody over at spark fun decided that those 1980s zach morris cell phones just weren’t retro-cool enough.  keith swett sent us the link to this hack which involves retrofitting an old 1950s at&t rotary phone with modern day tri-band cell hardware.

make sure to turn it off when you are in the theatre.

26 thoughts on “rotary cell phone

  1. Very cool, this could easily be used to get some great laughs – imagine your phone ring in the subway, then pull out this baby to talk. People around you would die from laughter. :-)

  2. I love this, and I’m really tempted to do something similar, but I think this project isn’t really complete without a mechanical typewriter hacked to type text messages.

  3. Great hack. Just one thing, though. Believe or not, the black rotary desk set of this style wasn’t used in the fifties, as you say; this style was most common in the sixties, and maybe even the seventies.

  4. does anyone know how to make a cellphone attachment like this, but only using the the piece you hold to talk and hear out of

  5. does anyone know how to make a cellphone attachment like this, but only using the the piece you hold to talk and hear out of

  6. After quite a bit of searching, and finding out Alex and Yoshi were both fired from techtv (Wasn’t Alex the one who screwed up the exif preview where she was naked ~_^ ) I found the Yoshi mod I was looking for. Yoshi takes a blue tooth hands free attachment and mods it into the handle of an old school 20th century phone. with little change you can do the same to any wired handsfree attachment.

    heres the symlink:

  7. I grew up in the 50s and I remember our family having a phone just like this. (The “princess” phones came out in the 60s.)
    This would be a very useful hack for me because I can never find my cellphone. Plus it would bring back fond memories. Maybe my son will make one for me. :)

  8. Very cool! I built a touchtone phone interface for a cell phone (purpose was to test a Palm Pilot modem interface). Used a hybrid design taken off the web. I simply ran it into the hands-free jack. It worked, and even dialed, but had to get the phone on the air first.

  9. I need to block a cell of a girl i hate. She has Samsung. I need eg. sms bombers, specials code. anything that i could send her and block her cell or most prefarably her Sim card!!!!
    please help me

  10. This is a very cool hack.
    I collect old pulse dial phones from the 20’s and 30’s and this device could easily be modified to convert pulse dial to tone dial when the phone networks no longer allow pulse dialling.
    It’ll take some work to modify but it could work.

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  12. can anyone help name is scott nichols i have a ideal for cell phone,but i need someone who can help me make is dream happen….i know nothing about cell phones but have a vision on something new….i’m in new jersey so someone please help me


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  14. Eeeps! I finally tracked down a cellphone suitable for the project but now the URL returns a 404! Where did the instructions go?

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