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Cellular phones are doing most of the calling in my household these days, but I still like having “old-school” handsets connected to wall jacks in the home. I've had a Crosley desk model phone for years and it still performs flawlessly, so I decided to go with this Princess model as a nice vintage touch in a guest room.
This phone is very substantial: solid in hand, heavy, just like the phones in the old days! The dial is just for show of course, and the little push buttons are the only component that feels a little cheap. My one star off is because the handset cord is not removable (usually that cord should clip in with a modular plug at both ends); this means you have no way to replace it with an extra long curly cord.
So, so cute! Loved it when it came out of the box! Too bad IT STOPPED WORKING about 2 weeks after I got it. I could get phone calls in but could not dial out. Spent an hour on the phone with Comcast thinking it was them. Turns out, itS the phone. I've heard bad reviews on Crosley phones but didn't listen. I hope you do. Don't waste your time
This is a great retro phone that's a nice compromise between a true vintage rotary dial from the 1960's and something more modern but with (almost) the same look and feel. Fit's perfectly in our mid century modern home and it's surprisingly heavy like the bakelite phones of old.
Hooked it up to a small, AT&T digital answering system (upc 650530023910 - see pic - pardon the unfinished look - still remodeling) and it works perfectly for what we want.
I read reviews of this product before I purchased it. Firstly, I've always wanted a pink princess phone. Now, at my age, I finally have one. I just hate those cordless phones so I wanted something old school. One review said the handset cord plugged into the left side of the phone. The picture looks that way but mine plugs into the right side of the phone. Some reviews said there was a buzzing noise on the phone but I don't have that issue. The phone sounds crisp and clear. Nothing was broken, scratched, dented or otherwise imperfect on the phone. On the bottom are three switches: one for volume lo/hi, one for tone/pulse, and one for ringer on/off. Good old fashioned weight to this phone. It doesn't get pulled off onto the floor when I answer it. It has a solid, heavy base. Nice, old fashioned ring, not that high pitched chirp of newer phones. Someone complained that the handset falls off the cradle too easily. I have not found that to be true. It does not have caller ID. I plug it into an old Bell Telephone Caller ID box I've had for years. Works just fine. No lighted dial like the original. Nice old fashioned handset cord that is a slight cooler shade of pink than the phone itself. People were complaining about the black phone line cord but I had a silver cord that I used instead. No problem. The handset is much easier for me to hold for long conversations than those thicker cordless phones. Basically, I love it! I gave it four stars only because the dial doesn't light up. I would recommend this phone.
An "old working telephone" is what my daughter asked us to buy her for Christmas. I was really afraid to buy one online, sight unseen because I was afraid it wouldn't work and she would be disappointed. I really loved this one the best out of the ones that I found online, and I knew she would love it because it is pink.
I'm so glad I bought this one. It's so cute in her room, and definitely has a "classic" look. She squealed when she opened it.
It worked perfectly, we have had none of the issues with static that some other reviewers have mentioned. It sounds crystal clear when she calls me multiple times a day ;-)
Cute old fashion phone for a cute old fashion grandma who doesn't like bells and whistles. Great that she can just pick it up and talk without pushing answer buttons, etc. It's a little expensive, but I guess it was worth it for grandma's peace of mind. It is sturdy and heavy enough not to easily be pulled off the table .