Moshi Moshi Retro Handset Image Credit: Supplied

What is it?

We're going all retro this week, (yes, our inner Don Draper is getting the better of us) with this piece just in from Hong Kong-based handset manufacturer Native Union: The Moshi Moshi Retro Handset.

What's special about it?

It's only retro by the looks of it. The Moshi Moshi handset is quite nifty technologically. It can hook up with almost all smartphones and computers, provided it's paired with the right adaptors, and give you that aura of importance. And hey, with all the talk about health concerns regarding radiation from mobile phones, this is one great way to stylishly put your phone as far away from your head as possible.

How does it work?

It's rather simple. The Moshi Moshi handset comes with a base which is directly connected to your smartphone. There's a button on the middle of the handle which you need to press to receive or end calls. Once you plug it in to your phone, depending on which model phone you're using, a prompt will automatically appear on your screen telling you that you've been connected. Also depending on your phone (it works by default for the iPhone), you can also use the button on the handle to call the last number dialled.

The Moshi Moshi handset also supports "voice-activated dialling" with certain models of mobile phones. All you have to do is set up voice tags on your smartphone. To make a voice-activated call, hold down the answer button on the handle until you hear a "bip" and say the name of the person you want to call.

Where is it available and for how much?

The Moshi Moshi retro handset is now available at all Virgin Megastore outlets in the UAE for Dh279. There are also two more varieties: one without the base (Dh179) and a Bluetooth wireless version (Dh499). Call 04 341 4353 for more details.