Updated on 13 July 2016
It all started last December when I was reading Rainbow Rowell’s Landline. A landline phone features prominently in the plot and it filled me with so much nostalgia. I am not a sentimental person usually and I was surprised by my attraction to the landline. I really wanted a landline!
Here’s why I like landlines:
- I have a thing for all things retro including landlines, watches and paper calendars – Things an average person (I know) doesn’t use these days.
- Pure nostalgia – the hours spent talking on the landline phone!
- Avoid cell phone radiation – While I do not believe in overblown reports of dangers of cellphone radiation, I do believe that there is some truth to it.
- My ears hurt when I talk using cell phones for more than a few minutes for real.
I thought that this was a just a fleeting desire due to the book. Two months later, I still wanted a landline! I researched my options and realised that I couldn’t have a landline because
- I would have to get a new number and I don’t like clutter – why have 2 numbers?
- it was expensive – one can get a free local number with internet connection (depending on the offer) but international calls are expensive.
- I was renting. Was it worth getting a landline in my name?
- I was in office most of the day.
- I would still need to keep my cell phone.
Next I started exploring the options of transferring the calls from cell phones to landlines so that I could use the landline. There wasn’t anything like that.
During my search for landlines, I came across the retro handset which is essentially a speaker microphone which can be connected via the earphones jack in cell phones! This seemed like an ideal solution and I set out to search for it. I didn’t want to spend too much money on it because I was afraid I might get over it in a week or two.
Every single time I wanted to buy a retro handset for the price I wanted, something went wrong.
Try 1 ($8) – The product image showed a person speaking using a normal sized handset and I was sent the tiny version. I became wary of purchasing sets that did not state the measurements clearly.
Try 2 ($12) – I placed an order and later was informed that the item was out of stock.
Try 3 ($20) – Was regularly checking local websites for second hand retro sets. Contacted a seller and the seller kept changing the meeting time/date/ place and it drove me nuts.
Try 4 ($10) – Contacted another seller and asked for dimensions. No reply. I gave up. This was when I told Uncle the whole landline story. He messaged the seller again and they replied. We decided to buy it the next day. This was in May 2016.
I keep it in my office as I use my cell phone there mostly. It works great. My voice is clear and no more ear pain! I thought I would stop using it in a week or two after I got it in May but I still love using it 🙂
Note: My handset stopped working 2 days ago 😦 Looks like I will have to get a new one.