Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone turns 60 this year, and to celebrate its diamond anniversary, Fisher-Price has released a fully functional version of the classic rotary dial toy phone.
The special edition Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone is described as a “phone smart enough not to come with any apps.” Featuring an intuitive bulky face design that comes with a super-advanced rotary dial, this modern update of the Chatter Telephone connects to your mobile device via Bluetooth wireless technology, allowing you to make and receive real calls through your existing phone plan.
Aside from its dial-in and dial-out features, the special edition Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone ― like most smartphones today ― also has speakerphone functionality. Simply press the red speakerphone button on the phone’s face to chat with your friends, family, and colleagues hands-free. This new model of the Chatter Telephone also comes with a cord for recharging.
Designed for toddlers 12 to 36 months of age, the original Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone was launched in 1961 as the Talk Back Phone. Featuring a smiling face, the roll along pull toy makes a chattering sound and moves its eyes up and down when pulled. Conceived as a way to teach children how to dial a phone, the toy has a rotary dial that rings a bell. The name Talk Back Phone was changed to Chatter Telephone in 1962.
The Chatter Telephone was Fisher-Price’s best-selling product from its introduction through the 1970s. It has also been cited as one of Fisher-Price’s offerings that helped save the company in the 1990s following a failed attempt to market toys for older children in the late 1980s. An updated version of the original toy currently retails at $9.99 at Best Buy.