Why? Why? Why? Philips Dial-Up Baby Monitor

The Philips Dial-Up Baby Monitor has a special trait. Most monitors function at great distances, say hundreds of feet, and alert you with the sound of your baby’s cries and have a back-up light indicator. Philips has all that and more.

1) The monitor calls your cell phone when Junior cries. You pre-program the unit with up to five numbers and select the one you will be using. Then you are free to be "in the garden, at the neighbor’s or busy in a far corner of your home."

Marketing photo of the Philips Dial-Up Baby MonitorThat’s right, you can visit next door, leaving your baby home alone. You live in a safe neighborhood and lock your windows and doors, right? Your burglar alarm company can alert police that your house is being burgled AND there is an unattended baby at home, right? No worries.

Why, now that you can go anywhere in the world and still hear your baby cry, what’s to stop you from taking a quick trip to the grocery store, dying in a car crash and deserting your baby? Isn’t liberty grand?

2) When you receive the phone call, you aren’t just listening. You can speak back to your baby and have your voice delivered over the monitor’s speaker. This buys you extra time to knock back one more brewsky with the guys at Hooters.

3) The monitor will auto re-dial your phone number when your line is busy and keep at it until you finish your more important conversation. Explain in a calm voice to the child welfare investigator that you DO have call waiting.

Oh, but seriously… Who needs a monitor like this one?

1) Mansion dwellers. With 10,000 square feet and 10 brick walls between you and Junior, telephone access is the only answer. Or a nanny.

2) A working parent. Mom calls from the office to talk with her baby and still feel connected to the family. It’s not like a stay-at-home-Dad is capable of bringing the baby into the same room as the speaker phone. Seriously. Most phones have a speaker function. Buy one.

3) Hearing-impaired parents. Deaf parents are already served by the sound intensity lights on regular monitors. Now they can put their cell phones in vibrate mode, although I suppose their cell phones don’t have lights to indicate how loud the baby is crying. Wait. Do deaf people use cell phones?

Oh, OK. You have your cell phone hooked up to a portable TTY unit (TTY = Telephone TYpewriter). Now maybe Philips will invent a TTY-to-speech adapter for the baby monitor so your baby can hear you speak. I mean, hear a synthetic computer voice speak.

Alas, here’s a bombshell. I’m sorry to inform my predominantly Yankee audience that the Philips Dial-Up Baby Monitor seems to be sold only in Europe at the moment.


6 Responses to “Why? Why? Why? Philips Dial-Up Baby Monitor”

  1. thordora says:

    gee, and we just relied on our EARS both times. Silly us.

    June 27th, 2006 at 8:53 am

  2. Stacey says:

    Found u looking for baby monitor for deaf people. I’m an aunt and yes, deaf people do use cell phones. In fact, it has been a very liberating technology for us. Appreciate you’re headed for humor, but on purpose I found while looking would really come in handy if Philips would do it. Wrist monitor. Take kid to park, evil person snatches kid, kid can use wrist monitor to signal cell phone where they’re at…gives product use from infancy through…(heck) teen years (ha).

    August 27th, 2007 at 6:04 am

  3. Kate says:

    Do deaf people use cell phones? Some of your comments are down right insensitive. Get with the times, cell phones are used for much more than just talking i.e. texting, so yes, deaf people use cell phones!!! As per the comment by Stacey – you were headed for humour – really?!?!
    Poor humour!

    March 27th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

  4. chris says:

    I’m still tryin find a moniter and all I’ve herd were people talkin bout deaf people wherever or not use cell phone.

    November 8th, 2008 at 8:30 pm

  5. Julia says:

    Okay, if you live in an apt building and your laundry area is not in your unit, this might be more useful than a monitor.

    November 15th, 2009 at 5:13 pm

  6. Mary says:

    I just stumbled upon this article in your archives and I came up with one possible good reason to have something like this. You go out for the evening, leaving your child with a babysitter. Wouldn’t having something like this potentially alert you to anything wrong that the sitter may be doing? Like letting your child cry for an over extended period of time? It is probably something overly paranoid parents might find useful. Otherwise, I completely agree that having your phone called is pretty darn useless for a baby monitor.

    February 4th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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