The VTech Retro Phone

By Shannon Gurnee
In Electronics Review
September 4, 2013


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It seems like these days everything that was once old is new again but with twist. Remember those old rotary phones where the phone cord would wrap itself up? It would take forever for the 9 to roll forward then back. Maybe your grandparents still own one.


Technology has come a long way since those days. VTech has introduced their sleek Retro Phones (model LS6195). I love all of their colors, mine is a deep burgundy color. It’s classy silhouette looks amazing on my countertop and it’s still compact enough to be a space saver. These phones also come in several different colors: tangerine, black, pearl white, and blue (kind of neon blue – beautiful). I think VTech has blended the contemporary and retro design trends nicely.



– Face-down charging 
The cordless handset rests face down on the charger to maintain its classic style.

– Rotary-inspired keypad 
Dial with the push-button keypad, arranged like a classic rotary telephone.

– Caller ID/Call Waiting*—stores 50 calls 
Know who’s calling with Caller ID/Call Waiting. Handset displays the name, number, time and date of incoming calls.

– Handset and base speakerphones 
Leave your hands free, or bring more people into the conversation: The speakerphones allow you to talk and listen without holding the handset.

– Expandable up to five handsets (uses LS6005).

– Backlit keypad and display 
The entire keypad illuminates along with the LCD screen, allowing for easier viewing in dim light.

– Answering Machine that holds up to 14 minutes of digital recording time.

If it is on the cradle, and it rings, when you pick it up it automatically answers it – instead of having to hit the “talk” button. I like that feature. Regarding the speakerphones, I’ve been using this feature more since the receiver is so thin it’s difficult to hold with my shoulder. Sometimes you have to give up comfort for style, and that’s ok. Also, I wish it were easier to recall my missed calls. I’m used to hitting an arrow key to retrieve them, but on this phone you have to scroll through the menu. Maybe on the next model this will be easier.


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

10 Responses to “The VTech Retro Phone”

  1. Jennifer Young says:

    I definitely remember owning a rotary phone when I was little! It’s crazy how much things change over even just a few years. I like that they are incorporating some of the old things into the new things!

  2. Julie Wood says:

    I have a vtech phone and it has lasted for years. They make great products, and this new retro phone is really nice. I think the color is really pretty and this phone is stylish and very functional to talk on. I remember those old rotary phones that did have a problem with getting all tangled!

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      I love the VTech brand! Their products are reliable and get the job done. 🙂 I definitely agree that it looks stylish!

    • Caroline Hileman-Schaffer says:

      Ever VTech phone I’ve owned, I’ve only replaced with a more stylish phone. They haven’t died on me which is a good testament to the brand.

  3. ellen beck says:

    Just lately places you call arent much giving the option ‘hit 1 if you arent using a touch tone phone’. I remember the old rotary phones well and actually kind of miss them altho this retro is quite pretty.

  4. Ashley Smith says:

    I think this phone is cool. I remember playing with the rotary phone as a child. i would buy this.

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