Unitasker Wednesday: Retro POP Handset

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

My friend’s son recently asked her what games she liked to play on her phone when she was a kid. Oh, if only calling 867-5309 repeatedly were a game …

Anyhoo, this week’s Unitasker selection is one way you can teach your children that we all used to have dumb-phones instead of smart ones. Other than teaching your children this lesson, however, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want to use the microphone on your telephone, iPad, or laptop when communicating digitally/wirelessly with someone else — or, you know, just use a wall or desk phone as an alternative. The Retro POP Handset is cute, though, and would certainly be a conversation piece. (Did you catch my really bad pun right there? A conversation piece? Wacka wacka!):

Thanks to reader Crystal for leading us to this novel unitasker.

31 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Retro POP Handset”

  1. posted by PDA on

    I got one of these, because I don’t HAVE a wall or desk phone and don’t like Bluetooth or corded headsets. I work on a phone and wanted a handset I can pick up and put down, and prefer not jamming a cellular phone in my ear for hours a day.

    And yes, it’s totally goofy which is part of the charm for me.

  2. posted by priest's wife on

    the search for the ultimate unitasker is done:


  3. posted by Shalin on

    reminds me of this unitasker…which, actually I kinda like…


  4. posted by Lia on

    Nope, don’t agree with this one as it is actually useful. I can’t balance my cellphone on my shoulder while talking AND this keeps the phone away from my brain reducing any possible future issues (as yet to be determined by science). While it is *technically* a unitasker, this one serves a purpose.

  5. posted by Raquel on

    Hei! last week I saw a woman using this thing… out of her purse!! I thought that maybe she had to much space in it so she needed to fill it.

  6. posted by Gumnos on

    Corded is so last-century. Gotta go BlueTooth: http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/cellphone/8928/

  7. posted by Julie Bestry on

    I’ve been saying for years that if someone would invent a cordless landline (instead of cell) phone like this, I’d use it forever. (If I weren’t a landline person, I’d get the BlueTooth version that Gumnos mentioned.)

    Yes, it’s a unitasker, but until a decade ago, so was a *telephone*. 🙂 Such a size and shape makes it easier to hear (and block ambient noise from one ear) and makes it more likely one will regulate one’s own speaking volume. I can’t stand that feeling of talking on Skype, using the computer’s microphone. I like to cradle a phone between my shoulder and ear, just as they tell us we shouldn’t, and this unitasker is almost perfect for that. If ever they create a cordless landline version, I’m buying stock!

    Oh, and Erin, more Fozzie impersonations, please! Wacka wacka, indeed!

  8. posted by Michael on

    Yo dawg, I heard you like handsets…

  9. posted by Tim Gray on

    The bright red one that is bluetooth is better. It get’s attention from passers by faster.

  10. posted by Erin on

    Too funny! I can sort of see the point of holding it with your chin, but for the money, I’d go for bluetooth.

    LOVE the Fozzie bear:)

  11. posted by Laura on


    Thanks for the link. I always wondered where the term “bluetooth” originated!

  12. posted by Erin Doland on

    The Bluetooth ones are hysterical. I can only imagine the looks someone might give you walking down the street talking into it. Although, you don’t have to charge the one featured here, and you do have to charge the Bluetooth one. Both are funny, though!

  13. posted by Emilie on

    I actually want one of these!

  14. posted by Scott A. Reed on

    I have one of the bluetooth ones from ThinkGeek, and I like it quite a bit. I get a wicked cramp in my arm from holding a mobile phone up to my ear for 15-30 minutes, but the small form-factor that makes a mobile phone so attractive to carry around also makes it nearly impossible to hold between your shoulder and ear. The bluetooth headset has the great size to hold by my ear, and lets me keep it in place for tasks for which I need two hands. Also, since I can put my phone in my pocket, I can effectively have a land-line-phone-style conversation while going for a walk around the neighborhood.

  15. posted by Sam on

    Somebody better tell Lenny this isn’t cool.


  16. posted by Matt Wilkinson on

    Love it, Fozzie!

  17. posted by Heidi on

    I have one of these in purple (my fav color!) and I LOVE it! I don’t have a land line at home and it’s a pain in the butt to hold a cell up to your ear.

    When I first got it, I had it in my purse and got LOTS of laughs when I pulled it out to show my friends. Unfortunately, not once did my phone ring when I was in the grocery store. That would have been a riot!

  18. posted by [email protected] on

    I actually like this one and may get one myself. After that study came out about cell phone usage and the link to brain cancer/tumors, it was advised not to use cell phones placed against your head for long periods of time. Looks like a great conversation piece too. Hey, you may have started something here!!

  19. posted by Jenni on

    Like other previous commenters, I saw this and thought-‘Smart’. We don’t know enough yet about the link between cell phones and cancer since mobiles haven’t been around long enough, but better to be safe than sorry, I say.

  20. posted by jamie on

    some people would not want to hold a cellphone to their ear the whole time. something about radiation…

  21. posted by organizingwithe on

    I work on the theory of not talking to anyone unless I’m at home on my house phone. Old school I know, but certainly simplifies my life!

  22. posted by Elizabeth on

    I have always been an avid declutterer, but I do own one of these and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I bought it for the reason many others have listed: risk of radiation and I like being able to cradle it between should and ear so that *I* don’t have to be a unitasker while on the phone or a skype call.

  23. posted by Lucy on

    I actually think this is a great idea. I have gotten rid of my land line. I am a writer and conduct some interviews over the phone. Very uncomfortable trying to keep the phone to my ear and take notes at the same time. I wish I had invented this. I will be getting one.

  24. posted by Shari on

    Also love this. When I am at home and a someone calls me on my cell, with whom I’m expecting more than a 5 minute chat, I always ask if I can call them back from my home phone — so I can do dishes, fold laundry, chase kids, cook, etc while talking. I frankly hate having an extended conversation on my smart phone, so maybe this would help. (Also, speaker phone is hard to use in a house full of people – too much background noise.) Then, my husband gives me a hard time, because I don’t use my allowed minutes on the cell phone, but instead get charged because I’m using the land line. Think I’ll put this on my Xmas list! To those who said they have them – how is the sound quality?

  25. posted by Lisa on

    And my cell phone gets hot when I’m on conference calls. And my hair always gets wound around in my earpiece, and it annoys me.

  26. posted by Elle (thewaybyelle) on

    I was thinking the Lenny Kravitz thing too! I guess he can afford the space and money for a unitasker.
    I really enjoy this blog. I am always looking for ways to organize my home and my life. I recommended it on my blog!

  27. posted by Morag on

    I think a unitasker is allowed if it fulfils its function (expediting phone conversations) exquisitely and using it gives me great pleasure instead of annoyance. So this is one unitasker that’s well worth it.

  28. posted by Julia on

    I’ve been thinking about one of these for awhile. I hate talking on the phone since I’ve gone to cell (only – no landline.) Having one hand tied up stinks. And I’m still using a cell I’ve had for years, meaning old enough not to be BlueTooth-capable.

    I have friends who live hundreds of miles away; I used to love long chats with them. Having one hand tied to holding the phone is annoying, and the result is that I talk to people less. If this unitasker can solve that problem, I’m all for it.

  29. posted by Laura on

    Actually, this device is smart to own. I saw a girl using one in the grocery store and asked her about it, she said that she never puts her cell phone to her ear because her husband is dying of a brain tumor that the doctor thinks was caused by his cell phone. Most phones come with literature that actually states not to put within so many inches of your head! I always text or use mine on speaker. This girl’s husband is only in his 30’s. 🙁

  30. posted by Alex on

    First I thought it was stupid but now I want one after reading all the comments about radiation

  31. posted by Pat on

    Brilliant! I wear hearing aids and cell phones are simply not easy to use and hear the other person. If I want to use a bluetooth headset I have to take out one of my aids and risk losing it. Definitely will look into these further. I agree that something can have only one function if it does it very well and it’s used frequently.

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