An iconic childhood plaything has received a 21st-century upgrade, guaranteed to delight little ones while cashing in on their parents’ nostalgia.
Fischer-Price on Tuesday unveiled an updated version of its classic Chatter Telephone that, 60 years after it first debuted, is now capable of making and receiving real phone calls.
Of course, nostalgia doesn’t come cheap.
In addition to making and receiving calls, the upgraded Chatter, which is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, can be used as a speakerphone and can be recharged, the newspaper reported.
According to Gizmodo, the updated Chatter still rolls, moves its eyes and maintains its primary-colored numbered rotary dial that spins, but now that satisfying click-click-click-click-click can dial actual phone numbers and placing the red handset onto the cradle - remember that? - ends the call.
“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 USA 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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