That classic Fisher-Price toy rotary phone is getting a modern upgrade.
The toy company announced Tuesday it will launch a version of its Chatter Telephone capable of taking real phone calls. The phone is available for pre-order at BestBuy.com while supplies last for $60, about six times more than the toy, which normally sells for around $9.99.
The toy phone connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth, allowing you to make and receive calls directly from the Chatter. Owners can also use Chatter as a speakerphone, and it’s compatible with both iOS and Android. You also recharge it with a charging cable.
But it’s still has all the fine touches you remember as a kid: the wobbly eyes, the rotary dialer, and the four wheels.
However, except for connecting with your smartphone, this new Fisher-Price device might not have everything you expect from modern times.
Fisher-Price says it is an “ode to life before text messages—a.k.a. the golden age of phone calls” and the phone “stays true to the iconic design nodding to the nostalgia of your very first pretend dials.”
This means no emojis, camera or apps.
“The special-edition Chatter Telephone is a working rotary phone smart enough not to come with any apps,” Fisher-Price said in a statement to U.S. TODAY. “This updated version of the nostalgic childhood toy brings playful calls into the real world for all adults—working seamlessly with consumer’s cell phones via Bluetooth connection.”
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