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ThinkGeek Bluetooth Retro Handset

by ThinkGeek
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Product Features

  • Battery charges via USB connection
  • Make and receive calls
  • Approximately 30 ft range
  • Comes with: Handset, USB cable, Instructions
  • Please note: cell phone not included

Product Description

We have taken the ever-popular Retro Handset and updated it to connect to your cell phone using Bluetooth technology. That's right! No more tangled up phone cord. Now people will think you're really crazy talking into a old-time handset connected to... nothing. Oh, and speaking of nothing, there's nothing out there quite like this handset because this product is a ThinkGeek original design, only available here. How 'bout them blueberries?

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks so much cooler than it works. March 19, 2010
Pros:
*This is the first bluetooh anything that has actually been able to answer my phone from 20 feet away.
*Has a incredible standby time for a bluetooth receiver.
*The bright blue indicator lamp on the reciever is a winner and lets people around you know you are not a looney walking around with half a telephone set.
*Has a great wow factor when you pull it out of your bag in public and answer your phone.

Cons:
* Its made of lightweight plastic.
* Its impossible to hold the handset between your shoulder and ear, in hands-free attempt.
* While I was able to hear callers clearly, people on the receiving end complained of echos, poor call quality or low volume or all three at the same time.
* Unreliable pairing with my phones. I have tried this with a lower tech Razr as well as my iPhone and I had the same predictable results with both.

Its a neat concept. But the execution is a joke. I would have paid $50 for this accessory to not be a piece of junk.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marketed as a toy, but useful and used daily July 16, 2008
Verified Purchase
I know that this is marketed like a gag gift, and that it looks kind of silly in this day and age, but this is the most useful cellphone accessory that I've purchased since my extended battery for my smart phone. The problem is, while my phone is great for data, emails, and light web browsing, the small candy bar form factor [of the Samsung Blackjack] is just not very ergonomic as a telephone. Enter the ThinkGeek BT "Retro" Handset: there's a reason why this form factor was used for almost 70 years in Bell telephones, it was used because it works, and works well. The plastic of the handset is fairly sturdy, although my one gripe with it is that the top/back is triangular in cross-section rather than rectangular, as it was in the handset that it's imitating. The upshot is that it's a little harder to cradle on your shoulder semi-hands-free than it should be. Otherwise, it's great. Solid, functional, and it paired easily with my phone. Finally, it has a decent microphone and speaker arrangement with nice, clear, loud sound. I will probably use my cell phone as a phone more often in the future with this.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Handset May 1, 2009
I love my handset. My husband got me this as a gift and unfortunately the first one I got didn't work properly but a quick email to ThinkGeek later and they sent me a brand new one and didn't even require me to send back the defective one. The new one has worked well for me for the last four months or so. I turn it on in the morning and when my phone rings I answer with the handset just by pushing the button. I have it connected to my iPhone and I've had no problems.

The range is probably close to what they say, around 30 feet or so. The sound quality is good, it sounds as good to me through the handset as through my iPhone. I love walking around home with it. It also prevents me from getting my iPhone screen all greasy. I'm not sure the battery lasts as long as they say, I've started turning it off at night and doing that it lasts about a week.

If you want something a little different and fun and something that's sure to start conversation with guests, get this handset.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great gift September 9, 2008
I gave this as a gift to my boyfriend and he loves it. He said it works really well and has good range. This turned out to be a great gift!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Novelty Gift Not Practical For Cell Phone Use July 21, 2009
I am writing with the sole intention of clearing up any misconceptions about this item. Realize that when you buy this product you are getting a mighty fine novelty gift (indeed that is the reason for my purchase), but you should not be under the impression that this device is a useful Bluetooth headset.

The primary problem is that the device is not built according to the design standards of the phone it is modeled after, to the extent that the advantages of the older phone design are turned into weaknesses on this device. It is very difficult to cradle the device using your shoulder because the back of the phone is far too narrow (blade-shaped). The original design featured a flat back that wedged the cell phone between ear and shrugged shoulder. More fundamentally, the phone's casing is very cheap plastic, nothing like the rugged design of the older phone. Simply put, you are not buying a device that accurately replicates the old design.

In addition, sound quality on the phone was lacking, both with respect to the caller and callee. Parties on the other end complained about the sound being "tinny" and too quiet, even at max volume. I noticed similar problems on my end. I have used other Bluetooth headsets, and this device is clearly inferior. Yet another problem is that it requires an excessive amount of time -- according to the manual 6-8 hours -- to charge the device (via USB).

The decision whether to spend the money on this device is yours to make, but appreciate this device for what it is: a humorous novelty gift and not an actual handset to be used daily. I would be curious to hear if the people who commented positively on this item continued using it on a regular or even sporadic basis--or if it ended up in the bottom of a junk drawer, as mine so ingloriously did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Cool Factor but Useful Too! December 28, 2011
Verified Purchase
So, I purchased this as a gift for my spouse in hopes she would find it uninteresting and I could take it to the office and impress my coworkers. Big mistake. Once I was able to pair it with her Driod Incredible, she was hooked. She immediately called me on the house landline phone to try it out. It sounded much better than the actual phone, but not quite the real old phone sound. She then went up to let our sons hear it, even though they were in bed.

PROS: It works. It looks really cool. Has a nice feel to it, and way better to hold than the phone.

CONS: Took more than one attempt to pair it. Could have better On/Off switching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Quality control issues
I knew when I ordered this item it was a roll of the dice based on other reviews of this product. So I know I took a chance...and in this case, I lost. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kos
1.0 out of 5 stars works great.....for a day or two...
This item is extremely cheap...and it shows.

Starting with the exterior, sure its light, but the plastic is extremely cheap and thin I felt as if it would break if I... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Quito Olegario
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro Bluetooth Handset
This thing is great. Works well. The only issue is that it should weigh more to give you more of the retro experience. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Fat Old Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound!
As a person with tinnitus, this handset comes in very handy for blocking out external sounds, and the sound clarity is amazing! Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gordon419
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough for regular use.
Bought this directly from ThinkGeek website.

CHARGING: Have to wait for unblinking blue light to turn off in order to know when phone is charged (about 30-40 minutes). Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by NY State of Mind
3.0 out of 5 stars fun retro gadget
perfect for what it represents- a fun look back.

though light on documentation, it works well and feels good in the hand.
Published on January 28, 2012 by E. Schlichtenmyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands free!
Awesome gadget.....enables me to comfortably talk on my iphone for long periods of time in any room of my house or while traveling in my car.
Published on January 21, 2012 by Emme
4.0 out of 5 stars Hello hello
This retro ain't no joke people think I'm crazy when they see me on this phone thankx 4 tha hello hello
Published on November 6, 2011 by Popasol
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro awesome Bluetooth phone!
I love this phone! It really works great! I use it everyday in my office! My only regret is that it doesn't come with one of those cradles for your shoulder so you can be hands... Read more
Published on September 20, 2011 by Symetrist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great RETRO BT HANDSET
this BT retro handset is very cool and fun idea!! It works great and had no problem s pairing my home phone. Thanks ThinkGeek!!!
Published on August 22, 2011 by Duke
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