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    Vintage cellphone?

    I saw this on another forum and thought it would get a laugh over here.


    #2
    You could emulate such a function on modern touchscreen phones...

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      #3
      The funny thing is, I've seen adult persons that have no idea what a dial like that is or how it works.
      “Thus, we see that one of the obvious origins of human disagreement lies in the use of noises for words.”

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        #4
        Dude, a rotary cellphone - I'd love that.

        We could late-70s wood-panel it too.
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        Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
        I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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          #5
          When someone recently told me that they had a Flip-Phone, I was a little puzzled.

          Splish-splash...
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            #6
            I like this better:




            Mike

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              #7
              SparkFun does offer a rotary cellphone--and the dial really works and it even rings using the original ringer.
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                #8
                Isn't there a Bluetooth vintage-style phone like this? It would probably work with a modern cellphone.

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                  #9
                  I use one of hose GE CellFusion bluetooth bridges to connect my older phones to my cell. It's slightly clunky but it will allow for pulse dialing.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                    SparkFun does offer a rotary cellphone--and the dial really works and it even rings using the original ringer.
                    LOL, wow that would be great if it wasn't so huge. It would have to be a special redesigned one for it to really work out as a cell phone - but I would like to see the reactions if I were to pull out a rotary desk phone in the middle of a crowd and start talking on it, because it would look like it was hooked to nothing and I was talking to myself... hahaha
                    More commonly known as "Yushatak" - www.yushatak.com
                    Focused on 486 and Pentium Machines
                    I collect All-In-One PCs and Keyboard PCs, especially Compaq.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by mbbrutman View Post
                      I like this better:




                      Mike
                      ThinkGeek also has the Bluetooth version. So you don't need the cord, even. I've been tempted to get the Bluetooth one for years.
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                        #12
                        Use the think geek bluetooth handset to get your vintage pc to dial through the cell phone.



                        ~Mark

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                          #13
                          Has anyone tried pulse dialing on a cell? I'm only assuming it wouldn't work but I guess there isn't a big reason why not. Then some interesting mods could be really done.
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                            #14
                            Pulse dialing on a cell won't work because they don't dial using pulse or tone. They send their dialing signal purely as data. I suppose if you dialed in to a voicemail or similar system that allowed pulse dialing, you could simulate pulses and see if it works...

                            But since pulses are actual changes in the raw voltage of the carrier, the cell phone wouldn't be capable of doing that, so it would only work on systems that accept the "sound" of the pulse instead of the pulse itself.
                            Apple ][+ through Retina MacBook Pro, 5150 PC through Core i7 8870/GeForce GTX 1080Ti and quad Itanium 9150M, and many in between.
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                              #15
                              Are there any systems that support the sound of pulses? You can dial on an older TouchTone phone by rapidly pressing the handset switch. Pretty cool!

                              I've tried using a Tandy acoustic modem with my WE 500 set from 1955...however, it didn't seem to pick up the very quiet tones from the modem. Any suggestions?

                              Kyle

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