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Custom Designed Toy Gun Phone

Custom Designed Toy Gun Phone (Images courtesy Fun Home Products Inc.)
By Andrew Liszewski

From what I can tell, the whole point of this toy gun phone is to scare someone into thinking you’re ready to end it all, when in reality you’re just ordering a pizza, or talking to your grandmother. The phone was made by a company called Custom Phones for a client in Singapore, and in order to listen and talk on it you do need to point it at your head. (Or use the headset jack.) It could’ve been a clever gag were it not for the white keypad on the gun’s handle (which does come with a cover) or of course the twisted black phone cord hanging off the bottom.

Since it was a custom design you’ll need to contact Custom Phones directly if you’re looking for pricing info or want to order one of your own.

[ Custom Designed Toy Gun Phone ] VIA [ SlipperyBrick ]

Panasonic KX-WP800 Skype Phone With FON Support

Panasonic KX-WP800 (Image courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

Panasonic recently announced their KX-WP800 Skype phone and while it will currently only be available in Japan, let’s hope it will eventually be sold in other markets too. Besides the decent sized LCD color display, the 55 hours of standby and the 4.5 hours of talk time, the KX-WP800 includes built-in support for the FON wifi sharing network. So if you happen to be a FON user you can take the handset with you and it will automatically log onto any FON hotspots you come across, allowing you to make wifi calls.

The handset also includes a compact wifi router for setting up a FON hotspot in your home. But if you don’t feel like sharing your net connection, the handset will work just as well with other wifi networks as long as you have the necessary login info. At about $296 it’s definitely not cheap, but in the long run it could end up saving you money if you use it enough to offset your regular phone bill.

[ Panasonic KX-WP800 ] VIA [ TechRadar ]

Doro HandleEasy 326GSM Phone Keeps It Simple

Doro HandleEasy 326GSM (Image courtesy Doro)By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve recently begun installing more and more unofficial 3rd-party applications on my iPhone and for the inevitable day when I end up bricking it, I bought a pretty basic GSM phone to use as a backup. If you’re in the same situation, or are maybe looking for a phone for a technologically-challenged family member, the HandleEasy 326GSM from Doro might fit the bill.

While the phone has a slim design and is only about 1 1/2 times as tall as a credit card, it has a set of large easy-to-read buttons which will appeal to those who find they have to squint when using other handsets. The monochrome display matches the basic feel of the phone and it can be used to show caller IDs or scroll through a recent call log. There’s enough storage for about 50 numbers in the phonebook, and I assume the A, B, C and D buttons are used for speed dial. The handset also includes a built-in speakerphone, polyphonic ring tones, vibrating alert and supports the 900/DCS 1800 GSM bands.

Unfortunately the phone seems to be only available from the Doromobile online store for about $170, which is kind of expensive when you consider its lack of features.

[ Doro HandleEasy 326GSM ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Teleport 2.0 Call Tracker And Recorder

Teleport 2.0 (Image courtesy Art. Lebedev Studio)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Teleport 2.0 is an innocuous looking device which allows a telephone to be connected to a PC via USB. Using a Windows-only piece of software called Paliha-Teleport, the PC can then be used to not only record logs of incoming and outgoing calls but can also be used to record entire conversations as an audio file. There have been a few times when I’ve conducted telephone interviews and a device like this would have been extremely handy for recording the other person’s answers, instead of me having to furiously type away in the background.

And of course there’s the obvious spy-related uses as well, whether you’re trying to monitor your employees, kids or anyone else you think is out to get you. The Teleport 2.0 works with touch-tone or pulse dialing phones, can also be used to dial numbers stored in your PC’s phone book and is compatible with Russian and American caller ID standards. So whether you’re a KGB or CIA agent, this device should work for you.

It’s available on the Art. Lebedev Studio website for about $71.

[ Teleport 2.0 ] VIA [ Spy Review ]

Animated Dubble Bubble Gumball Telephone

Dubble Bubble Gumball Phone (Image courtesy Andrew Liszewski

While getting rid of your landline at home in favor of only using a cellphone makes financial sense, you do lose out on other benefits like the ability to use novelty phones. Just like the hamburger phone seen in Juno has become quite popular, I’m sure this Dubble Bubble phone will ignite a consumer frenzy the same way Tickle-Me-Elmo did.

When the phone rings, circus music plays, lights flash and a gumball is released from the glass dome which then spirals down a chute to a dispenser. However if you don’t feeling like popping a fresh piece of gum in your mouth every time the phone rings, there is a button you can press which diverts the gumball to a spinning auger which carries it back up into the dome.

Unfortunately the phone has been discontinued but still has a limited stock available for $139 each.

[ Animated Dubble Bubble Gumball Telephone ] VIA [ Shiny Shiny ]

Talking Lips Provide A Low-Budget Alternative To Video Phones

The Lips (Image courtesy Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve got a tight budget but dream of having a video phone, this hands-free calling kit might be an acceptable compromise. It easily clips onto any land line or mobile phone and besides adding hands-free speakerphone capabilities, it also includes a pair of animated lips that move in sync with the other person talking. All you need to do to complete the illusion is find a headshot of the person on the other end of the line, cut out their mouth and tape the photo over this thing. (And of course ignore the fact that Bill in accounting now has lips with a mirror finish. He’s such a character!) You’ll swear you’re living in the futuristic world of 1998!

The has it for about $18.

[ The Lips Hands Free Phone Kit ]

Who Ya Gonna Call? Batman!

Batman Phone

By Luke Anderson

No, not the Ghostbusters, at least not on this phone anyway. For those that have never had the pleasure of watching the old school TV show (from the 60’s), Batman would actually get calls on a red phone when he was needed. When you think about it, this method was far more convenient than watching the skies for the Bat Signal.

This Batphone has been crafted to be identical to the original. It features a bright red light in the middle of the phone that lights up and flashes when you receive a call. Just like the one off of TV, you won’t be able to call out. It’s a bit pricey at $112, but for any hardcore fan it will make an excellent collector’s item.

[ Red Hot Phones ] VIA [ SlipperyBrick ]

Skype Travel Mouse

Portable Skype Travel Mouse (Image courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re a heavy Skype user this travel mouse will slightly reduce the number of laptop accessories you have to carry while away from home. It’s a pretty basic 800dpi optical mouse, with two buttons and a scroll wheel but it’s the Skype features that set it apart.

First off there’s a 128×64 pixel LCD display on top which can display caller ID and other info. The mouse also slides open to reveal a standard numeric keypad, allowing you to answer a call or dial a number without having to use the computer it’s connected to. Of course if you feel stupid holding the mouse to your head to answer a call, it also has a hands free speakerphone option. And besides not looking stupid, it also allows you to use the computer while talking to someone.

You can find the Skype Travel Mouse at for $42.50.

[ Portable Skype Travel Mouse ]

Noisy Phone Comes With What Now?

Noisy Phone (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

The Noisy Phone is designed for people who are hard of hearing, or are living in a college dorm where it’s a 24/7 party since its adjustable ringer can be set as loud as 83dB. For comparison, that’s about as loud as traffic at a busy intersection, but inside your home. And even if you don’t hear the ringer, the phone has a super bright red flasher that also indicates when there’s an incoming call.

What makes me curious though is that when you scroll down on the website you’ll see the phone actually comes with a free copy of Jack Cagney’s Sentimental Journey Super 10 Track CD. Not only that, but to protect your privacy the phone will appear on your credit card statement as ‘Sentimental Records.’ Personally I would be more embarrassed about ordering that CD, than a phone that was a little on the loud side.

The Noisy Phone is available for about $144 but when you consider you’re also getting the musical stylings of “Gentleman” Jack Cagney, you’ll realize that’s a steal.

[ Noisy Phone ] VIA [ Tech Digest ]