Ericofon

The Ericofon range was brought out at about the same time as the 800 series. It was intended to complement the 800 as an extension phone but in most cases it was used as the only phone in the house. Australians had not yet become accustomed to having more than one phone. This was a mistake as the rather weak internal buzzer could rarely be heard outside the room. For best results it was necessary to associate it with an extension bell (at extra cost). It was often knocked over, rendering the service “Busy”. It was also easy to push the switchhook button on the base and cut a call off. It was perhaps undeservedly unpopular and quickly disappeared from the market, although it stayed briefly in the Telecom range. Although not particularly rare, it is extremely collectable. There were something like twenty colours issued worldwide in a couple of different styles and a comprehensive collection is quite attractive. All the phones were made in Sweden. A very small production run was done in a clear plastic case for display and training. These are exceptionally rare.

 

 

 

Ericofon range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full Australian colour range from top left: Ivory, Silver Grey, Centre: Lacquer Red, Bottom: Surf Green, Mushroom Beige. Other colours were also brought in for evaluation in very small numbers. So far dark green, white, black and deep blue have been noted.

The revised version of the Ericofon, with its more angular finish, was not issued in Australia. I have heard rumors that some were imported for evaluation but were not issued owing to the unpopularity of the original model. I have not been able to verify this rumor.

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