Tech Squibs: Rotary Phones Rally with ‘Retro Home’

The Retro Home Telephone Collection adds a little atmosphere to your sterile iPhone.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

SQUIB: a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech; b : a short news item. (Merriam-Webster)

This Tech Squib looks back wistfully to the era when it took four or five hours to dial a phone.

You've seen classic rotary phones in movies. Crank dialing one can add hours to any story. The Retro Home Telephone Collection allows you to plug your phone into those nostalgic horns while using your other iPhone features.

For between $89.99 to $109.99, you can answer your iPhone the old fashioned way. While the Retro Home designs aren't overly practical, they are decorative and can add a little class to your desk,

There is one practical advantage to these designs as using the Retro handset reduces radiation to your noggin by 99 percent, according to manufacturer, Pyle Audio.

Of course, I can really simulate the days of rotary dialing along telephone wires because I have AT&T on my iPhone – and some early telegraphs were faster than their wireless service.