Novelty phone handsets

We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?
 
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01 .Introduction

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Here's a selection of quirky ways to connect to your smartphone.

Along with the somewhat gimmicky Hi-call Glove Handset, we've sounded out five retro handsets:

checking out their controls, and the sound quality they produce.

Retro appeal?

For those of us who grew up with heavy and clumsy Bakelite phones, the attraction of the retro phone handsets may be a mystery. Sure they come in funky colours, but the tethered models (the Swissvoice, Kogan and Gottagetit models) have little else to recommend them. 

The Bluetooth models at least have the convenience of no cord and all managed their claimed operating distance indoors (around 10m), so they could be handy if you find a smartphone too small to hold comfortably. However, you’ll still have to manage some controls on the smartphone for “pairing” (getting the Bluetooth connection set up) and actually making a call. All the phones (including the Hi-Call glove) can pick up an incoming call and hang up an existing call.

You can see what we thought of each handset on the product review pages that follow.

 
 

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1 MONTH AGO | With Coles these days. Don't miss NRMA's prices, even with the multi-policy discount.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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15 DAYS AGO | I'm wanting to compare Tasmania's RACT Home & Contents as well as for my car with similar Commbank insurance and am disappointed to see neither is in the insurers compared in this article.
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20 DAYS AGO | SUBJECT ; Good quality bicycle in basement carpark of Strata Complex.
I reside in a Strata Title apartment security building. Using the right implements to destroy property, thieves managed to gain access to our basement car park, manually opening remote controlled security door; we have bike racks, for the keeping of bicycles, which are then secured in one way or another. These chains and locks were also severed. For us personally, we lost a mobile smart phone from our car which was forced open, and my husbands beloved road bike. Contents insurance does cover those items, however, not when they are in internal or external common property areas. Amazing - what more can we do to secure to satisfaction of Insurer. Apparently, provide a lock up storage area for the bicycles. I'm sure lots of people take this "risk" and believe they are covered by Insurance. Check your PDS (or better still call your Insurer)

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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I received a quote from Commbank that was about $1000 cheaper than my RACT renewal.
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I reside in a Strata Title apartment security building. Using the right implements to destroy property, thieves managed to gain access to our basement car park, manually opening remote controlled security door; we have bike racks, for the keeping of bicycles, which are then secured in one way or another. These chains and locks were also severed. For us personally, we lost a mobile smart phone from our car which was forced open, and my husbands beloved road bike. Contents insurance does cover those items, however, not when they are in internal or external common property areas. Amazing - what more can we do to secure to satisfaction of Insurer. Apparently, provide a lock up storage area for the bicycles. I'm sure lots of people take this "risk" and believe they are covered by Insurance. Check your PDS (or better still call your Insurer)

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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15 DAYS AGO | I'm wanting to compare Tasmania's RACT Home & Contents as well as for my car with similar Commbank insurance and am disappointed to see neither is in the insurers compared in this article.
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20 DAYS AGO | SUBJECT ; Good quality bicycle in basement carpark of Strata Complex.
I reside in a Strata Title apartment security building. Using the right implements to destroy property, thieves managed to gain access to our basement car park, manually opening remote controlled security door; we have bike racks, for the keeping of bicycles, which are then secured in one way or another. These chains and locks were also severed. For us personally, we lost a mobile smart phone from our car which was forced open, and my husbands beloved road bike. Contents insurance does cover those items, however, not when they are in internal or external common property areas. Amazing - what more can we do to secure to satisfaction of Insurer. Apparently, provide a lock up storage area for the bicycles. I'm sure lots of people take this "risk" and believe they are covered by Insurance. Check your PDS (or better still call your Insurer)

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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I received a quote from Commbank that was about $1000 cheaper than my RACT renewal.
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20 DAYS AGO | SUBJECT ; Good quality bicycle in basement carpark of Strata Complex.
I reside in a Strata Title apartment security building. Using the right implements to destroy property, thieves managed to gain access to our basement car park, manually opening remote controlled security door; we have bike racks, for the keeping of bicycles, which are then secured in one way or another. These chains and locks were also severed. For us personally, we lost a mobile smart phone from our car which was forced open, and my husbands beloved road bike. Contents insurance does cover those items, however, not when they are in internal or external common property areas. Amazing - what more can we do to secure to satisfaction of Insurer. Apparently, provide a lock up storage area for the bicycles. I'm sure lots of people take this "risk" and believe they are covered by Insurance. Check your PDS (or better still call your Insurer)

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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1 MONTH AGO | With Coles these days. Don't miss NRMA's prices, even with the multi-policy discount.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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15 DAYS AGO | I'm wanting to compare Tasmania's RACT Home & Contents as well as for my car with similar Commbank insurance and am disappointed to see neither is in the insurers compared in this article.
I received a quote from Commbank that was about $1000 cheaper than my RACT renewal.
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20 DAYS AGO | SUBJECT ; Good quality bicycle in basement carpark of Strata Complex.
I reside in a Strata Title apartment security building. Using the right implements to destroy property, thieves managed to gain access to our basement car park, manually opening remote controlled security door; we have bike racks, for the keeping of bicycles, which are then secured in one way or another. These chains and locks were also severed. For us personally, we lost a mobile smart phone from our car which was forced open, and my husbands beloved road bike. Contents insurance does cover those items, however, not when they are in internal or external common property areas. Amazing - what more can we do to secure to satisfaction of Insurer. Apparently, provide a lock up storage area for the bicycles. I'm sure lots of people take this "risk" and believe they are covered by Insurance. Check your PDS (or better still call your Insurer)

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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1 MONTH AGO | With Coles these days. Don't miss NRMA's prices, even with the multi-policy discount.

 
 
 
 
 

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