Choosing telephone cords by reading a list of colors or seeing pictures online can be difficult.
To make it easier, we'll be glad to send you some free cord color samples so you can choose what best matches your phones. We're like a carpet store that lets you take home swatches.
We don't have "sets" of cord samples.
We usually assemble a specific group of samples for people who can't decide among similar colors, such as various grays, or various ashes, or off-white and misty cream.
If you let us know what phone(s) you have and what color(s) you think they are, we'll send the appropriate samples. Just call 1.888.225.3999
or send email.
NOTES: (1) Some folks think they can scam us into sending them a bunch of free cords. That will not happen. You're not going to get complete cords for free. The color samples are just short pieces, like in the picture.
(2) We provide samples only of current colors. We don't cut up "rare" discontinued cord colors like yellow or maroon or blue to make samples. (3) The sample program is for the United States only. (3) No, we don't have the fluorescent pink and blue shown in the picture.
We sell seven different varieties of gray, two blacks, two reds, and three ashes. We also have white, off-white, ivory, misty cream, and many more
colors which are almost white.AT&T has made six blues,
four greens, and two browns.Some red phones are described as "cherry red," but cherries come in different colors. Older Northern Telecom red phones were dark like AT&T. Newer ones were bright red.Most AT&T yellow phones were lighter than the harvest gold used by other companies, but some were just as dark. Northern Telecom originally used the same pale yellow as AT&T, and later switched to harvest gold.Some standard AT&T phone styles were made in unusual colors, such as teal blue, for just a few years.AT&T didn't make ash-colored phones, which were big sellers for the other phone makers. Northern Telecom (later Nortel) called ash "chameleon" or "chameleon gray" because it seemed to blend in anywhere.AT&T's "light gray" was darker than AT&T's "dove gray," which was almost identical to "misty cream."
Ash (or chameleon) is a light warm gray, somewhat like the color of a cigarette ash, or many PCs of the 1980s and 90s. Some ITT phone boxes were labeled "ash-almond" in the 1980s because almond was a popular appliance color, and most people outside the phone business did not understand what "ash" was. Be careful: we have THREE different kinds of ash.To make it even worse, different phone manufacturers have different names for the same color, and at least one manufacturer has used two names for the same color.And over a period of time, phones may gradually shift color due to exposure to strong light and chemicals, including air pollutants and cigarette smoke. We've seen white change to yellow, ivory morph into beige and light blue become turquoise. Sometimes different parts of the same phone may have different color shifts.