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I love the ScandiPhone! It is based on the original 1950's Ericofon, designed by Ericsson, sound familiar? Yes the same Ericsson that make our mobile phones! This gorgeous phone was the product that launched his company... and you can see why. This orginal design is actually on display in the NY Museum of Modern Art, this just confirms its place among modern design classics. Classic Ericofons will cost you £120 plus! My ScandiPhone is the limited Chrome phone... limited because this colour is now discontinued, although you can still buy them out there. The chrome finish is easy to clean with a dry cloth. It retails at £49.95, the coloured ones are £39.95, colours available are brilliant red, glossy black, stark white & bright orange. The ring is a gorgeous original sounding chirrup (adorable!), it has a good volume level, and as the noise is quite recognisable you won't think its something else if you are in a different room. Push buttons (original was rotary dial) make it easy to call the bank & get your messages etc... word of warning though, don't pop the phone down to get a pen - you'll cut off the caller as the big red button on the bottom cuts of your calls! I have Post Office broadband and the phone works fine, although apparently not with Virgin Media. It is a pretty basic design, so it wouldn't surprise me, all the fun is in the design and colour! Everyone who see it comments on its slick design and funky colour.
My old telephone was 'retro' in a bad way - it was so old it didn't work and the wires kept tangling. Luckily I had a Firebox.com voucher so I treated myself to a brilliant red ScandiPhone. It's so easy to use - just plug it in and you can instantly call all your friends to brag about your fabulous new phone! No more fumbling for the receiver, with the ScandiPhone you just grab and gab!! And if you're bored you can use it to pretend you're flying a plane! It uses push buttons for dialling, has a comfortable shape to hold (once you get used to it) and you can put it on silent if you don't want to be disturbed. You can also set it to pulse or tone. According to Firebox you can't use the ScandiPhone with Virgin Media. I'm currently with BT and haven't had any problems. The sound quality is fine and the ring is loud enough for me to hear from upstairs but not so loud that it deafens me if I'm sat next to it. And it doesn't seem to start the dog barking either! My one piece of criticism is that I find it very easy to accidentally catch the hang-up button on the bottom while I'm chatting but that could just be due to the way I sit while I'm gossiping! It's not cordless but I think the cable is long enough if you want to dance to the daft holding music that some companies have! It doesn't have all the 'high-tech' features of modern phones like the silent button but it does have a redial button and it's fine to use for automated services. It's unusual, eye-catching and will start conversations when you have visitors.
The ScandiPhone is based on the Ericofon which was introduced in Europe in the 1950's, and is identifiable by it's original upright shape. This particular design is based on the push button version that was introduced in the 1960's. The push buttons are cleverly concealed under the base of the phone, transforming the phone into one single unit instead of the traditional base and handset. The phone features everything a standard phone has including a redial button, and a ringer volume on/off switch. A classic design which in 1973 was selected to be part of the New York Museum of Modern Art's Collection, representing a piece of good design in the 20th Century.