416 Portable Rotary Phone   pre review
I’ve been having a lot of fun with the Portable Rotary Phone from Spark Fun Electronics. It’s a GSM cell phone built inside an old rotary phone. You pop your SIM card in, it dials out, rings and acts just like an old fashion phone, but it’s now my full time cell phone. I’ll have a full review of it up soon, and will be using it at Gnomedex this week in Seattle. For now- check out the photos and video I shot so far…

Click here to see the phone in the car in use (QuickTime MOV).

Click here to see the phone in the driveway in use (QuickTime MOV).

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The new-old car phone.

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Handy to carry.

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Taken apart.

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Portable Rotary Phone
Fully functional Portable Rotary Phone! Phone comes fully assembled and tested. All you have to do is open the phone, insert your SIM card, and turn the unit on. The unit will utilize your phone number and account minutes. Phone can dial out using the rotary and will ring with the original metal bells with an incoming call.The battery can run the phone for 5-6 hours and is charged by unscrewing two screws on the bottom of the phone, opening it, and attaching the charger.
Phone comes with:

  • Main controller board
  • Ringer module
  • 2000mAh Lithium-Polymer battery
  • Li-Po battery charger (3-prong 110V only)
  • Mini-cellular antenna (compatible with North American Frequencies only)
  • GM862 cellular module

Visit the Spark Fun site for more info and check back later for our full review!

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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