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I was looking for a basic functional phone (in pink!) to go with a pink themed room I had designed. I wanted a standard handset attached to the cradle phone. This is what I chose and purchased. It cost me £35.00 online at Amazon approximately 1 year ago. Upon receiving it I was immediately impressed with the sturdiness of it ; although girly looking it is not flimsy or lightweight in design. The base is solid and a nice weight to it so wont tip over easily and that hand set is also weighty so fits securely onto the cradle without fear of it being knocked off easily.
It has the look of dial but an easy press button facility. A nice clear ringtone - rings like a tinkling bell - very retro sound.
Although retro looking - it comes withall the mod cons - ie BT cable - plug in and go - can't get much easier than that to use. Also full instructions and a it came with a 1 year guarantee.
If you want a phone that is sturdy, a nice ring tone too it, easy to use and one which will draw comments - 'I can't believe you have a pink phone! Is it real??!' etc then get this.
You can purchase online at Amazon for around the £35 mark. If the pink is a little too much in your face - you can opt for a cream version they do in the same range which is also easy on the eye.
I defy anyone not to look at this phone and not imagine a 1950s housewife in a pink house, with a pink negligee on, chatting into the receiver with her blonde hair in curlers. Think Grease, think Edward Scissorhands, even!
I think the word here is kitsch. It's so delightfully kitsch, in it's bubblegum-pink plastic. Of course, it'd be more realistic if it was a rotary dial, but they're hardly practical or safe these days, and it'd be even more so if it were made from Bakelite, but times move on, and it's a pretty faithful reproduction. It even has a true 1950s real bell ringer, so it sounds the part as well as looking it.
Available from specialist stores and Amazon for around £40, the Wild Wolf 1950s Princess Telephone is the perfect addition to any pink palace, retro hallway, shop, hairdressers (or just your granny's house).
In terms of a phone, it's a basic, curly corded handset, which has excellent sound quality, and a good, solid build to it. Of course, it has no answer machine, e-mail, fax, and the thousand other features modern phones have. But it's well made, it's retro cool, and it's going to last you years and years. It is available in a variety of colours, the buttons are easy to press and are sturdy, and it doesn't feel cheaply made. The curly cord is plenty long enough and the phone is extremely simple to use, which is another aspect of it's appeal.
If you're looking for a basic landline phone which is easy to use, but doesn't have the beige, cheap look of so many modern basic phones, then I'd highly recommend the Wild Wolf 1950s Princess Telephone. It's fun, and that's what so much technology misses these days - a bit of retro kitsch fun, a bit of colour, something to make you smile.
These phones often sell out online especially when on offer so if you're thinking of getting one then my advice would be to go for it. They're well worth the price and will last you, and you won't regret it. You'll be sure to get lots of compliments on your old new phone!
The Wild and Wolf 1950s Princess Telephone comes with 1 year manufacturer's warranty.
I don't really have much practical use for a home telephone anymore. Everyone that knows me rings my mobile or I speak to people through Skype. Really, it's only my grandparents that phone my house phone or sales people.
As it wasn't going to be a practical purchase, I made sure it was a pretty one. I bought the Wild & Wolf 1950s princess phone made for decorative purposes. Its powder pink colour and retro style fitted perfectly in with my bedroom décor and it looks cute as a button on my bedside table.
History of the Princess Phone
The Princess Phone was originally created back in 1959 and was designed to appeal to women because it will fit into the little spaces on their cluttered dressers and it came in a variety of pretty colours. The company ceased trading back in 1994 making the phones incredibly collectable even to this day. Wild & Wolf have created this product to mimic the design of the original Princess Phone.
What does it look like?
The phone is powder pink in colour and has a smooth and shiny outer plastic casing. The mouth piece for the phone has curved edges and rests on the base of the phone. Underneath the mouthpiece is the clear plastic rotary style dial with the black numbers and letters printed onto the round white button.
The phone has a pink curly cord wire that is flexible and won't drag the phone off the counter each time you use it. It is fairly light weighing around 1.4Kg and as it's only 8.5 inches long and 3.75 inches wide, it will fit into most little spaces comfortably. The other colours available include hot pink, cream, white and silver.
How do you use it?
In keeping with the vintage style, this product has no fancy or confusing technology. You won't need to sit down with an instruction manual to figure out how to use it and I think that is the beauty of it.
To answer the phone, you simply pick up the mouth piece and speak into the phone. I couldn't remember the last time I'd answered the phone without pushing a button first! To finish the call, you simply put the phone back down on the base.
One of the main reasons that I chose this particular telephone, other than the colour, was because of the rotary dial on the front. My grandparents had a house phone that has this function for decades and I used to spend my childhood playing with it, turning the dial over and over again listening to that lovely sound.
Despite looking like having a rotary dial, this feature on the phone is purely a cosmetic one and sadly, it doesn't actually spin. The buttons within the circle simply need to be pushed in order to make a call.
This phone only has a few simple and useful features. It has a redial button that be used if you remember who you phoned last in order to call them back without having to dial their number again. Obviously before using that feature you need to be sure that no else has used the phone since you last did or you'll end up calling the wrong person back.
It has a volume button to adjust the level of sound the phone makes or you can switch off the sound completely using the on/switch if you don't want to be disturbed. The phone can be set to beep or pulse when you press the button and when the phone rings, it makes that proper old ringing sound that phones had before ringtones became the way forward.
The true beauty of this phone is that it will never look out of date. When you buy a modern phone, a short time later, the brand will release a new model, with a new design and new features and suddenly the phone you forked for and that is still working perfectly looks out of date. This phone is supposed to look retro and always will, so you can keep this little beauty forever.
The phone will cost you around £35 and I bought mine on Amazon. It is not widely available but it is on a few websites so it is worth having a quick look for a cheaper price before purchasing. The item has been discontinued but that just makes it more special because less people will have them. Wild & Wolf sell a variety of other retro style home telephone too so check their website to see their other designs.
The phone requires a standard phone socket in order to use it and the wire is just the right length to reach most sockets while not looking tangled and messy. The cord is flexible but you'll still need to be near the place where you store the phone when making a phone call because it's not overly long.
When you are speaking to someone on the phone, their voices are crystal loud and at a perfect volume although the ear piece volume can be adjusted too. The buttons are simple to press even with long nails and you don't need to press them too hard to make them work.
The mouthpiece is comfortable to hold for long periods of time and the shape is practical and simple to use. It does feel strange speaking into it after using mobile phones for so long but it's a nice feeling and reminds me of being with my grandparents.
I've also found it strange having to use a phone book again as there is no feature to store numbers on the phone. I have a matching pink phonebook beside the telephone now which makes it look extra retro even though I know most of the numbers that I ring frequently off by heart.
All in all, this is a lovely timeless telephone that will look classy in any home. The features are simple so anyone can use it without a fuss and the phone comes in enough colours to fit in with any décor. The calls are high quality and clear and the sound of the ringer will take you right back to when you were little. It will make you nostalgic and have you taking a stroll down memory lane but that's never a bad thing!
I've always had a phone socket in my bedroom ever since I was about 13, it's not very often I've bothered with an actual telephone to plug into the socket though because I've got my mobile and there are so many other phones plugged in around our 3 storey house that it seems pointless sticking yet another one in my bedroom. Well it did anyway..... but that was before I found this GORGEOUS Wild & Wolf Princess Telephone on Amazon!
It costs £32.99 and I know that's quite expensive for what is a basic corded phone, but the wicked design of it made the price do-able for me..... anyway I brought it out of a Dooyoo voucher so I should be saying thanks to Dooyoo for brightening my bedroom up with this lovely phone.
It has a 1950's design and the actual phone is made to look like it works with a dial, it doesn't really though and the numbers are actually push buttons but the dial makes it look proper retro and it stands out among the other phones I was looking at at the time. The pink colour is lovely, I'm not one of them girls who wants everything in pink but this is such a nice colour that I'm glad I went for it because it's so nice and pale that it will go with any colour decoration in my room I think and when I eventually move out (mum's cooking is soooooo good though!!!) I'll definitely be taking it with me.
The phone is very easy to use, in fact it has hardly got any extra functions on it like most modern phones. If you're the sort of person who likes gadgety things that will do loads then you'll probably find this a bit boring, but all I wanted was a phone that would do the job and that I could just plug and in have it ready for use. For that this one is brill, and if you want an answering machine you'll just have to buy a seperate one because they didn't have those in the 50's so the phone would look a bit out of place with an answering machine attached to it.
You can turn the ringer on and off, that's handy sometimes because my dad quite often works late from home so his customers will call at all sorts of late times. If I want an early night and don't want to be disturbed then I just turn the ringer off on this phone, that obviously doesn't affect the rest of the phones in the house ringing just that I haven't got to listen to it. The ringer on this phone is nice, it's a very old fashioned ring-ring noise that you can't adapt in any way or even turn up or down and actually I find that dead refreshing because even most house phones have got a long list of ringtones and that does my head in when all you really want is for the phone to ring!
The extent of the features on this phone is a redial button and another switch where you can make the buttons either pulse or beep as you dial them. Redial is kind of useful but not always because there is no display at all on this phone so unless you know you DEFINITELY rang a certain person last then there's no way of checking other than press the redial button and hope nobody else picks the phone up!
The cord is just long enough for me, my phone is next to my bed so I can easily sit down and have a natter while I'm doing my nails or whatever. It's not a majorly long cord so don't get thinking you're going to be able to wander round the room while you're talking, I'd say it's an average length for a corded phone though so just remember that before you order it to make sure it's going to be suitable for you.
The phone can either sit flat or be put on the wall, I've got mine on my bedside cabinet and actually I think hanging it on the wall would spoil the look of the phone and it wouldn't look as retro because people didn't tend to hang their phones up then.
Recommended.... it might be expensive for a basic phone, but it looks brill so is well worth the cash!!!