Monday, January 9, 2012

RETRO in the NEW YEAR



With all its ups and downs, the OLD year is behind us. Now it is time to make a FRESH start and move forward. One of the first things my husband and I did in 2012 to facilitate that, in regards to our current financial situation, is to ELIMINATE our LANDLINE. It was costing way too much money to maintain it AND our mobile phones. So… it is CELLPHONES ONLY... here at the house, from now on. Plus... we’re using Skype and the computer for video calls. We’re making the adustment well. I find I don’t miss the housephone at all. But there’s a reason. For Christmas my hubby and I got ourselves a GIFT that just keeps on giving. It’s called a Native Union Moshi Moshi Retro POP Handset. I know that’s a mouthful. I usually don't endorse things, but it’s a really NEAT product. It costs about $30 and comes in a variety of colors. I got a purple one. My husband got black. You plug this handset into your cellphone and you can have a conversation like on a regular old-fashioned phone. REMEMBER. The ones where you could hold the handset/receiver on your shoulder and walk around the house. According to Amazon, and I’m quoting here… " It was developed by French designer David Turpin. This Retro POP Handset combines the comfort of a traditional handset telephone with the convenience of the modern cellphone transforming it into a unique conversation device. It is compatible with all 3.5mm jack cellphones and computers, including Droid, iPhone, BlackBerry, iPad and the latest MacBooks. It has noise-reducing technology for a crisp clear sound. It eliminates up to 99 percentage of the radiation that is usually absorbed by using a regular cellphone. And last but not least it has a button on the handset for easily picking–up or hanging-up the phone." My husband and I absolutely, positively LOVE it. It brings back part of the past we miss, with a modern day twist. Santa did GOOD. This is the BEST gift ever. A GREAT investment. And so much FUN. Makes sacrificing the landline totally worth it. 
 

28 comments:

Ina in Alaska said...

That DOES look like fun! We do have a landline but only check messages. We need the landline because of our cable TV/internet "bundle". Mr. O and I each have an iPhone. I like that because his kids can call him directly. Yes I am the evil stepmother (been married to him since '87). Whole other story and one that will never appear in my blog because they read it but never comment. anyhoo.... I am more of a text message person and use email for group messages, etc. Actually I do not enjoy talking on the phone at all. Do it all day long at work so don't enjoy phone conversations unless absolutely necessary. Thanks for all your nice comments, you really make my day!

Belle said...

I am really glad to see this. I think my daughter Sandy may like it. I'll show it to her. I do worry about the radiation a bit. She is on the phone a lot. Thanks for sharing - Hugs!

Jon said...

I tried to get rid of my landline phone over a year ago but was told that I still needed it for my broadband connection. Since I'm completely ignorant about computer connections, I don't know whether or not I'm being screwed by the phone company. I'm hopelessly old-fashioned and would probably be using a quill, scroll, and candlelight if I could get away with it.

Buttercup said...

This is one of the reasons I've kept my landline. What a great product. I will be looking forward to your review. I may get it anyway to make talking on my cell when I am home or at work easier. Thanks!

Cliff said...

This is of interest to us. We just bought my FIL a phone for his rest home room. It's a box that from Verizon that is plugged into the wall electrical and then you plug your home phone ito it. For $20 per month you can call everywere with no other charges plus you can add it to your other cell account for just #10 per month extra. I works great. I'd be interested in your gizmo except coverage here at the house is at best marginal.
Also, I've wondered how those coin machines make their money and now I know. We may have a ploblem too. Our only saving grace is our local bank makes a lot of money off of us in operating loan interest payments so they're not in a position to balk when we pester them with our coins. Thnaks for the info.

Tami Miller said...

What a cool idea! I personally like the purple one! I also have an old phone that was my grandmothers. It's so heavy! I tried plugging into a landline, but it didn't work. Wires must be bad. The kids now play with it. =)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do miss being able to hold my phone on my shoulder the way we used to do. I gave up my land line before I retired as part of my budget cuts. I have taken to using the speaker phone feature instead of holding my phone. That seems to work better for me. I do like your idea though, I hadn't seen those phones before.

jack69 said...

Well mam, thou hast announced something new to us. Never heard of it. But it sure sounds like a good thing. Many folk worry about the radiation, that will be a blessing to them.
Thanks for the heads up on a neat advancement with a backwards look!!!

RoeH said...

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http://stinkeestinkee.blogspot.com

and visit.

I only have a land line for doing business over the phone and hate to give out important numbers on a cell. But I'm about ready to get rid of that, too.

You sound like you're having a great New Year. :)))

Lucy said...

Congrats on the deal with the cell phone. It sounds pretty cool. We have to have a land line because Joe has a machine he has to put a wand over his heart and and it transmits his reading to Boston Scientific and he has to answer questions about how his heart behaves when doing various things. Saves us money because he does not have to go to the heart institute but once a year unless something goes wrong. Enjoy your phones.

Diann said...

Oh, this product might be something I look into! We haven't had a landline for the last 5 years. Never missed it. Besides my parents, I only have one friend who still has a landline. You will get used it soon. thanks for showing us this fun new product! Have a great day!!

Life Line said...

We use are PC to call people some times witch it's call Google Voice and I think it's very handy to have and we use skype allot for friends and family too for free..Thanks for sharing and it's good info...

Formerly known as Frau said...

We don't have a landline either it was a weird adjustment but nice not to get annoying sales calls etc..
Love the purple phone piece....I saw those on Anderson Cooper show...really cool...santa did good!

Rose said...

I was considering dropping my landline but I need the broadband for my Internet Service. I should call AT&T and inquire if I can purchase it alone????

The only good thing about a landline is that you will always have service thru most storms here in South Florida.

I would like to save some $$ and look into this further.

alphawoman said...

You have convinced me to get one! I hate talking on the phone because I can not do anything other than hold that dang gone small phone to my ear. I loathe those little things people wear in their ears and walk around conversing as if they are lunatics. I always think they are making off the wall remarks directed at me, which is not the case at all. I'm going to look into it.

Nelle said...

I hate cords so don't think this would be good for me. My husband got me a retro pink princess phone like I had as a teen. I took one look at the short cord and heavy handset and said "OH NO!" He returned it the day after Christmas. The lighter the better for me. Please find out if your cell phone contacts your LOCAL 911. Some don't and go to a national routing service which can take up time in an emergency. I won't give up my landline for that reason. Of course if you have no power, eventually you lose FIOS after their battery runs out and I have the cell as backup.

Whosyergurl said...

well, look at you! One thing we always talk about is back in the day how the first thing you would do when you came in the house was to see if the light was blinking to see if you had a message. The kids will never know of this! Enjoy your purple handset.
xo, Cheryl

That corgi :) said...

How cute! I hadn't seen this gadget, seems so much more convenient than holding the typical cell phone up to one's ear! Good for you and hubby to get rid of your landline! Been trying to do that for years but our cable company bundles TV, internet and phone and it seems to be cheaper to keep all three though we rarely get calls on the landline and most of those are sales people.

hope all is well!

betty

Hollie said...

WOW! That is neat!!! We don't have signal where we live as we live in a hole. Therefore, we have to have a land line. Maybe at some point we will get with the program and get the thingie to have a signal. You can tell how much I know about it! LOL

BTW, just wanted you to know that I'm closing my blog down. I just think it's time for a change! I may blog again at some point. If I do I will start a new one!

I'll still be around to visit though....

Pat MacKenzie said...

What a great idea. I'll have to look into getting one. I hate the way the cell phone gets hot during a long conversation. The 'old-fashioned' receiver would eliminate that discomfort. We're eliminating land lines here too - it just seems redundant with each of us having cell phones.

Bobbi said...

This is way awesome and I must have one...

Lucy said...

I just thought I would let you know I am going to see the orthopedist Monday. My family physician is concerned that the bad knee and hip is on the same side. Hope you are doing better.

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

I saw these once in a catalog ages ago and am still laughing about it. I really want one! Hope you're feeling better soon!

Forty Pound Sack said...

Hope you're feeling better, sweetie! Love your phone receiver. =) Hugs!

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Sounds like a wise choice.

Soos said...

lol. So this is like a back to the future thing?

Pam said...

OK, I seriously wanted one of those!!! I'm going to email my sister the link to this post, because she's always complaining that she can't hear me on her cell phone.

Missie said...

I hope you're feeling better. I've been sick as you know since Thursday. I love the picture of the cell phone with the good old receiver! LOL