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Prior to 1981, the UK's telephone network was owed and run by the GPO (General Post Office). During this time, subscribers not only had to pay line rental, but also rented their Telephones. In October 1981, BT was formed which meant many changes. One of which was the ability to purchase handsets, rather than rent.

For sale is a good, clean, working example of an 1980s, push button telephone. It was sold by Binatone and named "Italia". This model of telephone was issued during the early 1980s. They were available in: White, Red, Black and Orange. The handset cord was always black.

This one is black coloured and can be desk or wall mounted. It is approx 24cm x 7cm and measures a sleek and slender 7cms tall.

The handset cord has been carefully cleaned and is nice and tight with no tangles. Both the earpiece and mouthpiece have been sanitised. The speech quality is good, loud and clear.

This phone is very stylish and the handset and base fit neatly together. Mounted underneath the handset are a neat array of slanted, easy-to-read, grey buttons, in the centre. All the buttons work correctly and all the white print is nice and bright with no real signs of wear. There are limited extra features but Store and Redial are included.

Internally, this phone features a distinctive, deep, electronic ring tone. There is an adjuster on the back for controlling the volume.

It comes complete with a good, long length of black, BT line cord. It has been fitted with a new BT plug. This vintage phone uses pulse dialing technology i.e. it behaves the same way as old dial telephones and it will not have the speed of a modern telephone. It can be used with any BT and most cable networks.

The casing does have markings consistent with a vintage phone but has been polished with a dedicated plastic polish to give it a good sheen.

In summary, this is a lovely, stylish, retro item and would look great in any home.

Thanks for looking.

ITALIA - Vintage 1980s Black Push Button Telephone from BINATONE


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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