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SagemCom telephone

The retro exterior conceals a thoroughly modern phone

SagemCom telephone

Image: Hugh Threlfall

October 24 2011
Jonathan Margolis

There’s no nostalgia more poignant than the memory of things we never actually experienced. Hence the lump in my throat every time I hear a recording of a Spitfire buzzing across a Kent summer sky. So here, for those of you with a hankering for the old days of plastic GPO telephones which went “ring-ring”, is a French-made retro phone exactly like phones weren’t when I was a nipper.

The Sagemcom Sixty Cordless Telephone has a bit of trompe l’oeil going on to stimulate your interior-design interest – there’s a whole hunk of it that looks like solid phone but is actually missing – but it’s also a thoroughly modern phone whose “receiver”, as we used to call the bit you hold up to your face, is wireless.

There’s a smart LCD touchscreen with caller ID and a tactile keypad, and an amusing rotating light and sound effect while you’re dialling. Is it a novelty or a serious interior-design piece? I’d veer on the side of novelty, but it’s quite striking if you have the right place for it; a home-office desk might be one.

See also

SagemCom, Retro