The $300 PAPPA*PHONE is fashioned from a single slab of American walnut and brass and may very well be the ne plus ultra of simplicity. There are no buttons, no dials, not even a display on this elegant wooden VoIP phone. Instead, you get classy brass accents and a USB adaptor. And, really, that’s all you need. The plug-and-play phone works with virtually any VoIP service on both Macs and PCs, including iChat, GoogleTalk, Vonage and Skype.
The only down side? Because each phone is hand crafted by Furni in Montreal, you’ll be waiting anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks for your phone to be built and delivered.
Bryan has covered the ins and outs Silicon Valley and the tech industry for close to five years, writing about everything from supercomputers to greentech. He is a frequent contributor to Wired.com and has also written for the LA Weekly, PC Magazine and McSweeney’s. He also pens a regular gadget column for NorthWest Airlines.