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Brano Meres, a Slovakian industrial designer and engineer says of his Bluetooth-equipped Red Army phone:
This is the first Soviet army phone from the 1960′s to be equipped with Bluetooth technology. It was intended for use as a Bluetooth headset with my mobile phones. To redesign this phone, Titanium and high quality wires from dismantled Scud missiles were used.

The phone is equipped with a multifunction button (Power on/off, answer/end calls), volume up/down button, two LED indicator lights and a connector for charging the battery.

Bluetooth Soviet army phone (October 2007) – [via] Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. BigD145 says:

    Excellent phone. This one needs one of those tool belts that hold power drills in order to carry on the run.

    I’m still trying to find an old 19th-20th century handset in good condition for this sort of hack. They exist, but are outside my price range.

  2. Sleepydog says:

    Those handsets are beautiful.
    BigD, would these be any less expensive?

  3. gadget says:

    Fantastic. This is to exact type of thing that I’m looking to add to my new site. I’m guessing there will be a power issue for phones sourced from outside of the UK though.

    BigD. Check out in a few weeks and let me know exactly what you’re after.

  4. gadget says:

    Sorry, that should have been – doh!

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