Want to talk to people through your computer but are sick of using those cheap headsets out there? Do you want that unique, styled, classic look in a USB phone? The standard Singapore-slung mic/line input knockoffs are so unsexy. Look no futher, this how-to guide will show you how to make a Western Electric 2600 headset telephone work with your computer using USB.
Step 1: Dismantle a headset
For this project we used a Logitech PS2 USB headset, available at finer retail stores or eBay. Logitech is very good about making universal drivers, so you can use this on a Mac or a PC in the end. Good to know, ey? Anyways, take it apart by removing the 'feet' of the square unit located on the cord. Use a philips screwdriver to remove the screws from it and take the unit apart with your hands. You will find the chip inside, and this is what we need from this. Cut off the two ends of the cords and ditch the rest of the headset, you won't need it for this project.
Step 2: De-solder all the wires
De-solder the attached wires from the board. We'll be using our own. For the soldering steps I highly recommend you use what's referred to as a 'third hand' - or some kind of clamp to hold it in place so your other two hands are given the freedom to do their soldering magic.