Mickey Mouse Rotary Dial Cell Phone


Introduction: Mickey Mouse Rotary Dial Cell Phone

It started out as a challange from my buddy to make Mickey into a cell phone and turned into a fun little project. It is also my first post to Instructables.

Step 1: See What We Have

First I ripped open an old 1976 Bell Systems Mickey Mouse phone to see what I had to work with. Pretty simple stuff. A line transformer, hook switch, dial pad and bell.

Step 2: Makin' Room

Next I had to carve out some room for the phone board and stuff.

Step 3:

Then Make some holes to run the antenna cable.

Step 4: Cram It All in There

Next I took the guts from a Motorola bag phone with a cellular data connection box along with some batteries can stuffed them in where ever I could get them to fit. I had to relocate the line transformer but it was no big deal.

Step 5: Antenna

Now I fished the antenna though the leg and into the head.  I later relocated it to his 'tail'.

Step 6: Close It Up

I added a power switch & light and a charging jack. Then I screwed it back together.  

Power up and it worked! 
And not only is it rotary dial but it has a bell ringer too. Plus a real dial tone on a cell phone! 

I'm working on ver. 2.0 



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    can you please make a youtube video for this? i wanna put this in my car

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    Rotary Mickey Version 2.0 will be ready next week. I will post one then. Stay tuned.

    Hi. I know it's been some time since you made this, but how did you hook up the cell phone to the Mickey Mouse Phone...the wiring that is?

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    Since it was back in the day of Analog cell phones, Motorola made a box that was used for FAX machines. It would emulate a dial tone so you could connect any POTS phone to it. Now that everything is digital these days, it will not work. But I have a ver 2.0 up my sleeve to bring it back to life. Stay tuned....

    How much did it cost to build the electronics to interface this?
    I gotta look for one of those rotary dial pushbutton phones someday and maybe interface it to a cell phone. (Somehow...).

    Yes, I modified another Mickey body afterwords to lower the antenna to his 'tail'. This made it much easier to transport and looked more aesthetically pleasing.


    Did you work on two phones? One has a tail (noted in the previous pics) and this one has no hole drilled for the tail.

    Have a great day!

    Congratulations on your first project!

    You ought to mention it on the "New Authors" page.