There’s always a debate to be had on what age one should give a child a phone, but as a parent, groovy toys like this are hard to resist. I mean, who doesn’t like a toy that makes cool noises, at the touch of a button.
I especially enjoyed the cuckoo noise (clock symbol).
Make and model: Janod toy phone
Fault reported: No sound, despite new batteries
Cost of replacement: About £10
Cost of parts: £0.00
Hours spent on repair: 0.5
Tools needed: Cutters, screwdriver and soldering iron
Sundry items: Glue
Repair difficulty: 2/10
Cups of tea: 1
A friend of ours got in touch to ask if I could look at their daughter’s toy phone, which had stopped working after being dropped on a hard surface. Despite the rubber outer cover fitted, after being dropped, the phone now rattled and made no sound.
The (adult) owners had changed the small coin cell batteries, but to no avail and were now wondering what to do, so I said I’d admit it to the workshop.
Janod.com are a French company specialising in making funky wooden toys with a retro warm vibe, while offering modern features. I like their stuff.
However, on the repair side of things, the designer had not allowed me any service access to the rear of the phone. It was glued. The only way of getting in was to break the casing open to see what was going on.
Janod: I like your products, but please consider changing your designs to allow repair. Tamper proof screws and other child-resistant systems can be used so that only those with intent can open up the casing to perform a repair.
I used a small flat-bladed screwdriver to gently prise the casing apart and after some nail-biting moments, (I was worried I was going to snap something), the back came off.
The fault became apparent almost immediately. The small speaker had become detached from the mounting and a wire from the circuit board to the speaker had snapped. A little soldering and a bit of hot melt glue and the speaker was installed back where it was meant to go, ready to sound off again.
The last job was to repair the now broken case. Since it was wooden, I used PVA wood glue on the mating surfaces and held the phone for 48 hours gently in my bench vice and now, no one would never know the repair ever happened.
The toy was returned to its owner ready to bring child happiness and parent irritation, once more. I had to press the cuckoo noise button a few times before I gave it back.