Another Sparkfun Rotary Mobile Phone
By James Grahame
Sparkfun's new mobile phone will get you noticed. The Blue Rotary ($249.95) includes a Bluetooth module that works with any phone supporting the ubiquitous hands-free protocol (Crackberries, iFones and the like). The functional rotary dial guarantees blisters and repetitive stress injuries while texting and the original ringer will probably scare the bejesus out of anyone born after 1985.
The hefty 6000mAh Lithium-Polymer battery pack provides 30 hours of standby, while the built-in fast charger promises to get you back on the road in under 2 hours. Of course, when the set is charging it's tethered to the wall just like my $2 garage sale Western Electric Model 500. Still, I'd love to take one of these on the train just to see how people react when it rings.