Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint ‘Telepoint’ mobile

Made:
1989-1991 in United Kingdom
Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint ?Telepoint? mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number

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Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint 'Telepoint' mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint ?Telepoint? mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Forum personal phone for the Mercury Callpoint ‘Telepoint’ mobile, or cordless, telephone system, grey, model number LPCII, made by Shaye Communications Limited, British, 1989 – 1991

Telepoint was a cordless telephone system offering some of the features of a mobile telephone but was not sufficiently versatile to be an effective competitor once cellphone technology had become widely affordable. On the move, outgoing calls could be made when in the vicinity of a base station but incoming calls could not be received in the same way as the system did not feature handset tracking. This Forum handset was used with at least three of the four competing Telepoint companies’ networks between 1989 and 1993. As well as the handset, its battery charger, home base station and some supporting documents are also included. These make for an attractive and meaningful acquisition.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2016-17
Materials:
metal (unknown) and plastic (unidentified)
type:
mobile telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • telephone
credit:
Gift of Alan Older