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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Novophone

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B000GQ0TBS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,510 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2007

Product Description

Size matters, and in a world of small-and-getting-smaller-cell phones, this retro handset converts your tiny phone into something more healthy. Simply plug the handset into your mobile phone and enjoy the rugged comfort of 1960s telecommunications. The retro handset brings back those good ol days of slamming the receiver and resting the phone on your shoulder... and it looks slick while doing it too. The 2.5mm jack works with most phones directly or via an adapter. Cell phone and adapters not included.

Customer Reviews

Terrible sound quality.
Arthur's mom
It's so much easier to talk on this handset than on a tiny little flip phone.
John Falbey
I can almost hear person on other end and they can't hear me.
pucci

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Rivers on September 21, 2007
I bought this handset strictly because I thought it was cool and I could have some fun with it. As it turns out, it has become an invaluable business tool. The handset is very well made and the sound quality is fantastic. Not only can you hear the other party much more clearly than with a standard cell phone, but they can hear you much better as well. I have had many customers think I was on a land line. (And I've tried it with many cell phones). As a result, whenever you make or receive an important call (say, a conference call with your best customer), this handset is a must-have. I am now going to have to order my fourth one, because often when you're out in the field and a client sees it and tries it, they will covet it. And as a bonus, I can promise you that you will get some truly strange looks from passersby when you use it.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Rice on March 8, 2007
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Really like the retro cell phone handset - not because it's cool - but because now I'm not holding my cellphone right next to my brain. What happens when you continually have electromagnetic frequencies coming in directly next to your head? Nobody really knows. So, why take a chance on something that could 'bite' you down the road. It's also convenient when you want to use both of your hands and be on the phone at the same time (and you don't want to use a headset). You can do the old 'hold the phone between your ear and your shoulder'. I like it and would definitely recommend it for anyone who is concerned about the EMF's that may be doing harm from long term cellphone usage.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Penny Pincher on April 24, 2010
My father has difficulty holding onto his Nokia cell phone, and his hearing is not great. I thought I had finally found a product that would help, but it doesn't. I don't know if the problems he is having are because his phone needed to use an adapter or if they are a part of using this device in general. First, there is frequently a beehive like buzzing when you try to hold a conversation. If you play around and play around with the cord, the buzzing will disappear until the cord gets moved again. Even when the buzzing has stopped, the volume for hearing the conversation through the handset is half as high as it was through the cell phone alone. Since the phone was suppose to be used by a person with poor hearing, this makes the handset pretty worthless for my intended purpose. If you visit the Novophone website, you will not find any company address listed. You don't find the address until the box arrives with a return address. Communication has to be done through submitting a website comment. Before you make the purchase, the guy is Johnny-on-the-spot about replying to questions you submit. After you make the purchase, you never hear from him again. The are NO instructions or troubleshooting ideas that come with the handset.

5/09/10 I stand by what I wrote earlier. Contrary to the comment Novophone gave my review, they still have not responded to any requests for support I have sent to them since purchasing the phone. I wrote to them again, as they suggested in their comment, with my concerns a week ago; and I have not gotten a response. Before I purchased the phone, they responded in one day. The handset and adapter was purchased from them directly so they have no excuse that I should be dealing with a third party.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben Gregg on January 23, 2011
What I like most about the Novophone, is how well they've managed to reproduce the look and feel of the classic Henry Dreyfuss "G" series handset (which was the most common handset found on Western Electric phones back in the '50s, '60s and '70s, and is still the standard handset for payphones in North America). The weight and balance in your hand feels perfect, and even the phone cord feels like the genuine article.

Unfortunately, looks aren't everything, and the sound quality of this handset leaves a lot to be desired. Although people on the other end of my calls could hear me (they typically seemed to think that I'd put them on speaker phone), the real problem was on my end, where I found that even with the volume all the way up, the sound coming out of the handset's speaker just wasn't loud enough; there was a mismatch between how loud I sounded to people on the other end, vs. how loud I sounded to myself. Basically, you don't hear your own voice the way you do on a regular phone, which just doesn't sound right. I also know this wasn't just because I had a bum handset because I actually bought two Novophones--one with the "Multi-Function button" and one without (because I actually found the button's placement to be annoying).

Things were made worse in my case because of the fact that I wanted to use it with my iPhone 4. The Novophone ships with a 2.5mm plug (designed to fit the standard jacks on older phones), which means that to use it with most newer phones, you'll need an adapter. In my case, I had to get a 4-pole 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter so that I could plug it into my iPhone's standard 3.5mm jack. Besides the fact that it cost me $8.
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