rotary cellphone

At last! Unlike the last attempt I heard of, this one actually uses a rotary dial! However, they say that incoming calls don't ring, and the sound quality is not as good as it should be. But a fine hack nonetheless.
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14 Responses:

  1. carus_erus says:

    I saw this through slashdot. Someone linked to .

    Scrolling down on this page I found an interesting (and IMO cooler) article regarding Hacking a Coke Machine. Apparently if you push the buttons in the right sequence, a debug menu comes up, and if the right jumpers are set on the inside you can get yourself free Coke or change.

    I searched Snopes and the rest of the net to see if it was a hoax, seems as if no-one's refuting it. It seems as if this article was originally from the Anarchist's Cookbook.

    Anyways, give it a read, amused me for a good 10 minutes.

    • jwz says:

      Wiring up a rotary dial to a cellphone is so much cooler than typing in a password to steal a can of coke. Come on.

    • pavel_lishin says:

      My friends on another forum heard about this and went crazy, but to date, none of them have found a free soda-dispensing machine. Apparently, though, one of them did manage to botch the settings and the machine guy had to change the code. :P

  2. rosefox says:

    <LJ USER=mightywombat>: what i wanted?
    <LJ USER=mightywombat>: was a cell that would be about the size of a treo with a rotary dialer
    <LJ USER=rosefox>: you could mod it from an ipod clickwheel
    <LJ USER=rosefox>: ...hmmm....
    <LJ USER=rosefox>: in fact, better to keep the ipod housing
    <LJ USER=rosefox>: it already has clickwheel interface and screen
    <LJ USER=rosefox>: just attach a cellphone and fuck with the firmware
    <LJ USER=mightywombat>: it should ring, dial out, and that's it
    <LJ USER=mightywombat>: any color faceplate you want as long as it's bakelite black

    Now all I need is a phone, an iPod, and a crash course in wiring up stuff like this.

    • rosefox says:

      ...and now I'm thinking that if Apple ever makes the iPod into a palmtop/phone, they should totally offer a rotary-style one. Make a killing.

    • jwz says:

      I think an ipod wheel would be a profoundly unsatisfying way to dial a phone number. It wouldn't spin back!

      • rosefox says:

        True. I'm thinking for the everyday, though. On special occasions you can pull out the authentic one and do the classic carry-it-around-the-room thing. *)

      • pavel_lishin says:

        It could just make the noise, and pretend like it was spinning back... but I guess the tacticle sensation is two/thirds of the fun.

  3. violentbloom says:

    sound quality of cell phones are somewhat controlled by the carrier's compression on the server, that might be an element. GSM 6.1 compression is kind of crap

  4. bifrosty2k says:

    This is the precursor to having a VOIP Rotary phone...

    • jonabbey says:

      If you've got an Asterisk box with the appropriate hardware, you can plug old POTS phones into VOIP. Not quite IP-to-the-dial, but still awfully cool.

  5. xunker says:

    A while ago, didn you say you were looking for something like this? I know it's been done a bit before, but I think this is the first one that uses the actual type bars to trigger the keys which you said was the coup de gra that others where missing -- even if all they do it bridge an electrical connection to a keyboard controller.