Coolest Landline Telephone

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  1. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

    taylorwilsdon

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    My school requires that I buy a landline, and while I haven't used a landline in years I figure there has got to be something cool looking out there (too bad I don't have Verizon, or I'd get that hub thing they have in their commercials). It can't cost a fortune and its got to look cool (dare I say... apple-esque). I don't care about sound quality :p
     
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    I work for verizon customer care, and I think the hub is a cool idea. I like that is sends texts/videos all that stuff all through VoIP. It's not that expensive either. I think if Verizon makes good advertisements for it, that it could do well. :)
     
  3. taylorwilsdon thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Their ads are great. Every time I see it, I'm like damn that's cool. Too bad they don't make something like that that's independent of verizon and works with a landline rather than voip.
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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    If you're required to have a landline and are worried about the ugliness factor ruining the decor of your room, I would get the cheapest landline phone you can buy and shove it behind a piece of furniture, completely out of sight.
     
  5. taylorwilsdon thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Fine, be no fun. I've got an old one out in the garage that would work fine. Probably makes more sense.
     
  6. MonksMac macrumors 6502a

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    I always thought that one of those old rotary dial telephones would be pretty cool to own.
    :apple:
     
  7. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

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    Another vote for the Hub. Basically a landline iPhone. :)
     
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    Go for the 70's/80's kitchen wall phone. You know the one I'm talking about, it came in colors like avocado green, puke yellow, or burnt orange and had that long 10-15 foot cord on it. Those were the best. I remember jumping rope with one in the hallway when I was kid. And since there's no speed dial you'll need a rolodex. If you don't know what that is, it's an actual physical address book where you write down your numbers on paper cards and alphabetize them yourself. What about your messages! :eek: Without built in voicemail you'll have to buy an actual answering machine. For you kids out there, it's a machine that uses something called cassette tapes to record messages from people who call when your out. Wow how things change! Seriously, go retro just for the novelty factor. ;)
     
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    No. Really cheap phones are crap. I'm pretty sure Alexander Graham Bell's phone had better audio quality than these things have.
     
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    I'm curious. What is the reason for requiring a landline?
     
  14. taylorwilsdon thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Voicemail box, I think? I'm now not actually sure if its required, so I'm gong to play it by ear.
     
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    No! This is cooler than the iPhone!

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    That took way too long and isn't as funny as I thought it would be :eek:
     
  16. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    like other have said...any old phone... no point in spending a ton when your not going to use it. If your contacting your friends your going to be using your cell. When i was in school i only used it a handful of times.
     
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    I'd guess for backup purposes. While cell networks and VOIP can get jammed or otherwise go down, you will almost always have a connection with a landline (unless it gets physically cut). The wife telecommutes, and they require us to have one so that she can still be available even if our network goes down. Fortunately, they pay for it...
     
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    It was worth it Schtumple. I'll give you some positive feedback -> :D!
     
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    How is a $900 phone inexpensive? The OP said that it can't cost a fortune.

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    I had one of those when I was 14.

    OP, I saw an old rotary-style phone in Target the other day. I think it was a normal touchtone phone that was meant to look like a rotary. That would at least be funky looking.
     
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    The hub looks pretty call, even though it's hard to beat the hamburger phone!

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  25. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    ok juno! haha



    and as far as rotary phones go... i had one for about 3 or 4 years - as cool as they actually are... they just aren't practical
     

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