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November 30, 2006

Bluetooth Retro Handset — Throwback Tech Goes Wireless


What a kerfuffle in joehead nation™ these past few days (see the comments if you don't believe me) over what many termed my idiotic complaint about the iPod's icky headphone cords — the fact that the wires still exist is what confounds me.

No sooner did the volume of email start to die down than suddenly, out of nowhere, the Retro Headset, last year's iconic throwback tech icon, burst onto the scene — surprise! — in a cordless version, employing Bluetooth.



Here's the skinny from the website:

Bluetooth Retro Handset

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?

• An original ThinkGeek design - not sold anywhere else

• Battery charges via USB connection

• Make and receive calls

• Approximately 30 ft range

• Works with Bluetooth V1.0, 1.1, 1.2

• Blue LED indicates function mode

• Comes with: Handset, USB cable, Instructions [view PDF]

• Please note: cell phone not included


Now, about these yucko iPod wires....

And how 'bout that cell phone "not included?"


Gone viral, from the looks of it.

November 30, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink


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Just to let you know, I bought one of these and it works just fine. It's very simple, no volume control or other fancy functions on the Bluetooth end, but it gets good reception, sound quality is fine, and is actually very convenient to hold.

Posted by: | Dec 1, 2006 9:51:23 AM

I saw a version of this without Bluetooth. The old, fat, curly cord plugged into the cell phone. I think that had greater comic effect.

Posted by: Al Christensen | Nov 30, 2006 11:24:11 AM

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