Best vintage iPhone accessory: 1950s-style handset

I know I shouldn’t, but I do. I really want one of these.

Picture this. You’re walking down the street, just off for a bit of window-shopping or heading off to your favourite vintage cafe. Your phone rings. You reach into your bag and bring out a vintage-sized handset to take the call. It could have been a Monty Python sketch but, no, this can happen in real life. You too can have your own surreal moment of delight. Salvador Dali would be proud.

Ok, an iPhone is hardly a vintage-lover’s dream item but why not give it the retro twist with a slice of Surrealism. It’s the vintage version of a hands-free headset. Confused?




The perfect retro handset

Check it out. It’s the idea of designer David Turpin, a nod to the classic 1950s handset design. It’s the Native Union Moshi Moshi Retro Pop Handset for iPhone, iPad, iPod, iEverything and Android phones. It comes in a rainbow choice of every colour you can think of. Look…

Well, maybe not every colour but all the standard ones. At £24.99/$29.99,  it’s worth it for the novelty alone, even if you are scared to use it outside of the house. You will surprise everyone….except maybe your cat (cats have seen it all before – yawn).

This phone accessory has been around for a while now, I know, but I’ve been loving this idea for months. I don’t care if I have to use a bigger bag. It’s the next best thing to having a vintage telephone and takes me back to those days when you had to stand in the hallway to make a phone call and it took you five minutes to dial the number. Sometimes I used to trap my finger by mistake as the dial moved round. It hurt like hell. Why do I miss that? Nostalgia is an odd, intoxicating mistress. Anyway.

You can even use it with your computer – which could make a skype call feel just like a prison visit. Just pretend you’re Audrey Hepburn/Holly Golightly visiting Sally Tomato at Sing Sing prison in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.





This handset lets you answer a call/hang-up without even touching your phone so you can leave the phone in your bag and just pull out the handset.

It’s great for those of you looking to keep the phone away from your head to avoid frying your ear after spending hours on the phone. It also avoids the greasy cheek smears that get onto the phone after you’ve used it (or is that just me…and my personal greasy cheek problems).

Also, multi-taskers take note, it will allow you to text/email/browse the internet whilst chatting on the phone at the same time. It also offers a clearer audio experience compared to the quality of using a mobile phone in the usual way. I’m all for that.

It has high quality sound and great noise-reduction quality. It is also reported to be very comfy to use, just like handsets were meant to be.

I’d recommend the black or red colour for that classy vintage look and could imagine using it with a 1950s Kelly bag. Anyway, who said vintage had to be serious? Do whatever takes your fancy. It worked for the Surrealists.


You can find out much more about the features and compatibility on the Native Union website here and also buy the handset for £24.99/$29.99.

You can also get it at Amazon. Click the link below to take a peek. A word of warning: Native Union handsets are high quality and only sell online through their website and Amazon. Cheaper fake versions found on other websites will be very low quality.




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Check out my article on best vintage-style iPhone cases and laptop cases.

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