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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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

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

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    Reply 2 years ago

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


    3 years ago

    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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    Reply 3 years ago

    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....


    6 years ago on Step 6

    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...).


    6 years ago on Step 6

    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.


    6 years ago on Step 6


    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!