Happy Explody Phone Time!

Ladies and gentleman, it's time to break out your MC Hammer pants and dance like they're on fire, because you can't touch this, er, telephone!

Koontech sent us word Wednesday that it is introducing an "Explosion Proof Telephone." Our suggested ad tagline for this technological wonder: "Even if you drop dead, your call won't!"

The KNEX1 -- it won't explode, apparently.
The KNEX1 -- it won't explode, apparently.

The dumpy telephone, dubbed the KNEX1 and which looks like it is aimed at the booming [Geddit!!!] payphone market or maybe intended as a corporate deskphone in a particularly boring British film from the 1970s, is said by the manufacturer to be explosion- and fire-proof.

"We are all Happy!" proclaims Koontech in its email announcing the phone, which naturally they would be. They probably have enough of the bomb-proof units to build a small shelter out of them.

For the rest of us, it might be time to update that classic Cold War slogan for modern times: Dial, duck and cover!

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

kq4ym 3/27/2016 | 4:12:34 PM
Re: Exploding landline phone? That scenario might make for an interesting sitcom. Who knows, a spy/crime drama with an exploding phone at the center of the plot might just explode in the ratings?
kq4ym 3/25/2016 | 10:12:41 AM
Re: Makes sese to me Yes, it's not going to help much when the connecting wires to the phone burn and crash. Now maybe an indestructible phone might have been just the thing 30 years ago when pay phones were on every block, but I can't see the demand today. I just don't get it.
Duh! 3/18/2016 | 3:00:46 PM
Re: Exploding landline phone? No, but a garden variety landline phone in a "Hazardous Location" could definitely explode.  "Hazardous Location" as in a fertilizer plant or a paint spray booth.

Some of our industry jargon would seem pretty funny to an EHS person or an electrical inspector.
dcharlap 3/17/2016 | 2:55:11 PM
Makes sese to me I don't think anyone's worried about a bomb in the phone, but there are some very dangerous parts of the world.  If you have a building in a location where a bombing is a distinct possibility, and you need to have a phone there that will survive such bombing then a product like this sounds like a good idea.


Of course, it won't help unless the data and power lines attached to the phone are also bomb-proof....
Wireless80628 3/17/2016 | 2:34:36 PM
Exploding landline phone? I had no idea that landline phones were prone to spontaneous combustion!
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