This past Christmas I received an iPhone - my first ever - as an incredible gift from Tony. To say I've been hooked on it ever since would be a major understatement! Rather serendipitously in terms of timing, I was contacted in late December by a website from the UK called Mobile Fun, who specializes in iPhone 5 accessories, wanting to know if I'd be interested in receiving and reviewing the retro inspired Ice Phone handset.
Though I don't use my iPhone for placing all that many calls (I'm home most of the time, so people usually call my on my house phone), I'd seen this product already in some local shops, thought it was rather cute, and happily accepted their offer. I was given a choice of colours to pick from, and - naturally - opted for the pink Ice Phone.
Calling to mind the style of certain classic mid-century rotary phones, the Ice Phone is not a phone itself, but rather a handset (and base), with a rubberized finish, that you attach your cell phone to.
If you're the type whom tends to make a lot of mobile phone calls from home, than this product may appeal to you in particular. However, you can also use it on the go, or (as I've mostly been doing) as an absolutely darling way to store your cell phone when not in use.
I received my pink Ice Phone handset a few weeks ago and have placed several calls using it ever since. While I didn't have any problems with my cell's clarity before hand, I would agree that - just as its billed - the Ice Phone does help enhance call clarity, sharpening it a bit and certainly making it enjoyable to have lengthy calls while using this product (it would also be very handy in this regard if you were placing calls on it in a noisy environment, as it helps to block out environmental sounds around you).
The Ice Phone is compatible with a wide range of mobile phones and even certain tablet devices, beyond just the iPhone. A standard 3.5mm jack comes with the Ice Phone that allows it connect your phone to the handset base itself (if your particular phone isn't compatible with that kind of jack, you can use an adaptor - sold separately - to connect the two). One nifty feature of this product is that it still allows you to access the various features of your phone while you're on a call.
My only qualm with the Ice Phone is that, while you can use it with the iPhone 5, no problem at all (as with the Ice Phone and all Mac mobile devices, you do not need an adapter, which is great), it does not fit securely into the base of the Ice Phone. I can easily prop my phone up in the base and attach the receiver to it, but it doesn't always stay stay completely upright, preferring to tilt to the side a touch at times.
This teeny issue aside, I really like the Ice Phone (which regularly retails for $45.99 from Mobile Fun. Though by no means a true vintage phone of course, it does channel a charming old school-esque rotatory phone feeling and it looks really adorable (especially in pink, though a wide range of other colours are available as well).
Since receiving my Ice Phone, I've been keeping it along side the cordless phone in our kitchen, where it's become my phone's main docking station ever since. I like that, though certainly eye-catching, the Ice Phone isn't tacky or glaringly kitschy looking. It's fun, incredibly easy to use, and rather sweet looking, especially if - like myself - you've always been a fan of yesteryear telephones.
Today I'm delighted to offer you a chance to win an Ice Phone of your own from the fine folks at Mobile Fun. In the spirit of Easter, which is just around the corner - and because I know that many of you are also big fans of this colour - one lucky winner will receive a pink Ice Phone of their own, just like like the one pictured above in this post.
This giveaway is open to readers from anywhere in the world and will run from today (March 18th) until 11:59pm EST Friday March 29th with the winner being drawn (using a random number generator) and announced in a blog post shortly thereafter.
How to enter
You can earn as many as eight separate entries in this giveaway, by doing any (or all) of the following things.
1. Like Chronically Vintage on Facebook.
2. Post about this giveaway on Facebook, providing a link back to your post in your comment here.
3. Follow Chronically Vintage on Twitter.
4. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, including a link back to this post in your tweet.
5. Follow Chronically Vintage on Pinterest.
6. Pin the pink Ice Phone photo from today's post to Pinterest with a comment in your pin about this giveaway.
7. Follow Chronically Vintage on Instagram.
8. Leave a comment here telling me why you love your cell phone.
Please make sure to leave a separate comment specifying each of the ways in which you entered this Ice Phone giveaway, so as to increase your odds of winning.
I've thoroughly been enjoying my pink Ice Phone - it's my first iPhone accessory, save for my phone case - and catch myself smiling whenever I pass it by on the kitchen counter. Many thanks to the team at Mobile Fun for sending this cute product my way, as well as for offering up a pink Ice Phone to one lucky Chronically Vintage reader.
Thank you in advance - and the very best of luck to all those who enter this delightful giveaway!