Fisher-Price releases a modern-day version of its 1961 Chatter Telephone that will have Bluetooth and be able to make mobile phone calls

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  • Fisher-Price redesigns its iconic Chatter telephone for making and receiving calls
  • The mobile phone has Bluetooth and a working rotary dial on the front
  • Consumers $60 at BestBuy . You can pre-order mobile phones in

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Fisher-Price’s chatter telephone was an instant sensation among kids when it debuted in 1961, and now, Mattel is reviving the nostalgic toy for adults.

Now equipped with Bluetooth, the mobile phone can make and receive calls through the user’s existing phone plan.

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The Chatter telephone still features the iconic smiling face, red wheels, connected handset and retro rotary dial.

Pre-orders only available here BestBuy.com for $60, but a release date has yet to be announced.

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Fisher-Price’s chatter telephone was a best-selling toy in the 1960s and 1970s, but later generations also took a liking to it.

The toy was originally called the Talk Back Telephone, but parents weren’t eager for their kids to take it as a permission to talk back—hence its initial name change and the chatter landed on the telephone.

The original design did not include a pull-along string, but was added only after testing when the designers noticed that children were pulling it around by the receiver.

Otherwise, there have been only a few design tweaks over time.

Chatter telephones still feature the iconic smiling face, red wheels, connected handset and retro rotary dial

Chatter telephones still feature the iconic smiling face, red wheels, connected handset and retro rotary dial

Now equipped with Bluetooth, the mobile phone can make and receive calls through the user's existing phone plan

Now equipped with Bluetooth, the mobile phone can make and receive calls through the user’s existing phone plan

Mike Sullivan, Director of Global Brand Marketing at Fisher-Price, said, “The design team had at one time re-engineered it with a more modern touchpad, but this was rejected, so we reverted to the iconic rotary dial. ” a statement.

The toy was first made of wood and had blue accessories, but fast forward a few decades later and the chatter telephone was redesigned in plastic with red wheels and a more modern look.

In 2000, Fisher-Price replaced the rotary dial for a push-button version with lights in an attempt to modernize the toy, but consumers complained and the rotary version was back on the market the following year.

Now, the toy has been turned into a working mobile phone.

The chatter telephone includes a speakerphone functionality and a microUSB port for the charging cord.  The device is also battery powered, providing up to nine hours of talk time and 72 hours of standby

The chatter telephone includes a speakerphone functionality and a microUSB port for the charging cord. The device is also battery powered, providing up to nine hours of talk time and 72 hours of standby

The chatter telephone includes speakerphone and the ability to use a microUSB port for the charging cord.

The device is battery powered, providing up to nine hours of talk time and 72 hours of standby.

Fisher-Price, now owned by Mattel, was started by East Aurora New York Mayors Irving Price, Herman Fisher, and Helen Schell in 1930 to provide a financial boost during the Great Depression.

However, the company sold countless childhood staples that are beloved by generations.

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