Kingtel KT880 My Flower

Kingtel My Flower
Kingtel My Flower
Kingtel My Flower dial
Kingtel My Flower dial

A design telephone? Or a novelty phone? I can’t make up my mind. It is probably a sort of both. These aspects are not mutually exclusive.

This one piece telephone was made by the Kingtel company from Taiwan. I could not find much information about it. From what I could find on the internet, I conclude that it was introduced around 1980 as the earliest examples I could find are from the early 80s.

Kingtel My Flower underside
Kingtel My Flower underside

It is a standing telephone, like the Ericofon. And also like the Ericofon it has a button on the underside that operates the hookswitch. Unlike the Ericofon it has the microphone and speaker at the back instead of the front. The button dial is promently placed at the top, the buttons layed out as petals. The centre of the dial has a red light, that lights up when there is an incoming call. See the video at the bottom of the page.
As far as I can tell all versions dial DTMF.

Kingtel My Flower back
Kingtel My Flower back

It came in many colours and has the words My Flower in ornate letters at the front. On my specimen these letters have worn off, but can still be faintly seen under certain lighting conditions.
There is also a little flower at the rear, around the microphone.

All in all it is a quirky little phone, a well known sight for most telephone collectors. I had it on my wish list for quite a while as you do not see many red ones. The right opportunity to buy one arose when was offered for sale for not too much money and also quite near my home.