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Designer phones from the 1980s

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During the 1970s phone subscribers were permitted to own decorative housings for their phones for the first time.

Founded in May 1983, by executives from ATC (American Telecommunications Corp.), 
TeleQuest quickly became one of the pioneers that provided innovative decorative phones.  1985 sales topped 500,000 units.  Phones were sold through Pacific Bell, Northwestern Bell, BellSouth, Bell Canada, Macy's, Gimbels, Bloomingdale's, the Broadway, and the Sharper Image catalog.

Although often described today as "unique" or "one-of-a-kind," these were standard production products.

Many had "Plus" in the name, to indicate that they had features not commonly found on traditional single line sets, such as redial, tone/pulse dialing, adjustable ringer and memory dialing.

Designer phones were generally made in batches of about 5,000 units and shipped in containers from the factories in Hong Kong -- and later Korea, Thailand and mainland China.  Successful designs were reordered.
OEM phones for phone companies were made in substantially larger production runs.  Lines included a standard desk phone (2600 series) and Trimline-style phones.

TeleQuest was located in Burbank, CA, moved to San Diego in 1986 and was closed in 1990.
The ending inventory of 25-50 thousand phones was reported sold to a company that shipped them to South America.

Following is a sampling of the models produced.  Most were available in several colors.

Please send additions and corrections.
Looking for catalog and distributor info on these sets.


DESK PHONES
 

Easy Buttons
Easy Button Neon
Made in several solid colors or this neon set.
Flexxx
Flexxx     Flexxx offhook
When straight it's ready for a call.
To answer, bend it!
Graham
Graham
Grand Prix
Grand Prix
Made in single or 2-line models.
Hot Lips
Hot Lips Red
Malibu
Malibu
Manta Jr.
Manta Jr.
Prism
Prism
Made in single or 2-line models.
Baseball
Baseball Phone
Confetti
Confetti Phone
Photo from Jim O'Dea
New Standard Plus
New Standard Plus
Same set was sold to various Regional Bell Operating Companies
on an OEM basis -- private labeled (Bell logo above, PACTEL logo to right)

Made in single or 2-line models.


New Standard Plus - 2-line
New Standard Plus - 2-line



DESK/WALL PHONES
 
Softel Plus
Softel Plus
Has a large padded ear cushion.
Made in single or 2-line models.
 
 
Click to see another example.
Tilt Plus
Tilt Plus
There are 3 platform angles: Flat, Left or Right.

Turbo S
Turbo S
Notation Plus
Notation Plus  Notation Plus Offhook
Integrated pen holder.
Well in center is for post-it-type notepad.
Notepad Plus
Notepad Plus
Holds a standard size pad.
Pen/pencil holder on right.
Has 2 fold out tabs to elevate the top for desk use.




WALL PHONES
 
These sets appear to have been designed primarily as wall sets, but can also be used as desk sets.
Due to the speakerphone features, the Fiero and Wall Talk were often desk sets.
Eclipse
Eclipse Wall
Fiero
Fiero Talker II
Fiero Talker II (2-line speakerphone)
 
Made in single or 2-line models.
with or without speaker phone.
Wall Talk
Wall Talk
Includes speakerphone functions.



CORDLESS PHONES
 
Solo
Solo Cordless
Earlier models had creative styling.
KXT007

Cordless KXT007
Later models were more generic.


MODEL NUMBERS
 
Easy Buttons
Flexx
Graham
Grand Prix
Hot Lips
Malibu
Manta Jr.
Prism
Softel Plus
Tilt Plus
Turbo S
Baseball
Confetti

New Standard Plus
(OEM to Phone Companies)
 --
420
180
120
410
130
151
140
433
443
133
 --
 --

PB678-SF
Eclipse
Fiero
Fiero Talker II
Notation Plus
Notepad Plus
Wall Talk

Cordless
Solo
KXT007
160
113
117
351
173
170


310
KXT007


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