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

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • BigD145

    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.

  • Sleepydog

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

  • gadget

    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.

  • gadget

    Sorry, that should have been – doh!