Retro Yubz brings the '80s to your cell phone

Think hands-free headsets make you look like a cyborg? With the Yubz handheld handset, you can rage against the mobile phone machine.

Yubz lets you talk on a new cell phone through an old-school handset.
Yubz lets you talk on a new cell phone through an old-school handset. Yubz

For a while, there seemed to be no end to the incredible shrinking of cell phones. The tinier your handset, the cooler you probably thought you looked around 2001 or so. But the trend has slowed, thankfully, and in some circles, there's a backlash against handsets that required toddler-size hands and heads to talk comfortably.

Take the Yubz retro handset, for instance. It's the same design from many millions of dial and push-button telephones in the 1970s and '80s, before cordless became king. The earpiece would fit snugly between your ear and shoulder as you walked several feet in any direction, before nearly tugging the cord out of the socket.

Toting Yubz around town is likely to start conversations.
Toting Yubz around town is likely to start conversations. Yubz

Now you can take that earpiece on the road by plugging the $45 Yubz into your mobile phone. I spotted Yubz this last weekend at the Real Goods store during the SolFest fair of all things green, a few hours north of San Francisco. There, the selling point was that Yubz allows you to make cellular calls without frying your brain with radiation, keeping the cell phone tucked away far from your skull. Yubz plugs into many popular phone models, but you'll need to purchase an adaptor for the Motorola Razr and some others.

You can also hook up Yubz to a laptop and use it for VoIP calls through Skype and popular IM clients that enable voice calls, including those from Yahoo, Windows Live, AIM, and Google Talk.

This product is designed to please fashion victims with an eye for vintage telecommunications, who can mix and match cord, earpiece, mouthpiece, and handset colors.

 

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