Cord Colors

We don't have quite as many choices as Baskin-Robbins, but we're getting close.

Because of variations in cameras, lighting, and PC monitors, it's just not possible to show exactly what a cord will look like; but this chart should give you a pretty good idea. We periodically revise the pictures.


We also have limited quantities of some discontinued colors--like maroon/burgundy, yellow, orange, harvest gold, AT&T dove gray, ATT light gray, AT&T very light gray, AT&T almond, Radio Shack almond, AT&T dark red, deep blue and light blue--that are not shown on the chart, in both modular and hard-wired cords, so please call us at 1.203.878.8383 and we'll do our best to help you. We don't have pink or turquoise.

FREE cord color samples

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 1.203.878.8383 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, five yellows, three whites, 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.

Discontinued Colors
limited quantities

We have limited quantities of handset cords in colors that are no longer being made. When they're gone, they're gone, so if you need one or some, don't wait too long.

You can't order online. Please call 1.203.878.8383.

Colors include: AT&T dark red, maroon/burgundy, yellow, orange, harvest gold, AT&T dove gray, ATT light gray, AT&T very light gray, AT&T almond, Radio Shack almond, AT&T dark red, deep blue, light blue, rose, rust, various greens.

Prices are higher than "modern" cords. Cords with spade lugs are the same price as cords with modular plugs. All colors are not available in all sizes or all types.

Ordering the correct color handset cord for your phone is not as simple as black or white, even if your phone is black or white. There are multiple blacks and whites available, plus dozens of other confusing colors.

The best way to order the proper color for you phone is to read the label on the bottom (or back) of your phone, or the markings on the box.

 

Most boxes actually spell out the name, and show a numeric code, but some boxes have codes but no names, and vice versa.

 

Just to make life more interesting, some boxes will show two colors, like the "ash/almond" on the ITT box shown. It's also possible that the box you have is not the original box for the phone, or that a phone has been modified and the color indicated on the bottom is not the color of the body.

 

Be aware that different manufacturers use different color codes for the same colors, and the same names for slightly different colors.

 

If you can't figure out what you need, please call us at 1.203.878.8383

 

  • Some phone colors--such as black, white, ivory, light blue, green and beige--were identical, whether made by Western Electric (ATT), Cortelco (ITT), Comdial (Stromberg-Carlson), or Northern Telecom (Nortel).

  • The red phones from ATT are darker than most red phones from the other companies.

  • Some red phones are described as "cherry red." Cherries come in different colors, so we say "dark red" and "bright red."

  • Older red phones from Northern Telecom are dark like ATT. Newer ones are bright red.

  • Most ATT yellow phones are lighter than the harvest gold used by other companies, but some are just as dark.

  • Northern Telecom originally used the same yellow as ATT, and later switched to harvest gold.

  • ATT "Design Line" phones were made in some colors not used for standard phones.

  • Some standard styles were made in unusual colors, such as teal blue, for just a few years.

  • ATT didn't make ash-colored phones, which were big sellers for the other phone makers.

  • Northern Telecom called ash "chameleon" or "chameleon gray" because it seemed to blend in anywhere.

  • Ash (or chameleon) is a light warm gray, 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.

  • Phone colors can change over the years, due to cigarette smoke, strong light and airborne chemicals. Light blue may look like turquoise. White may look like yellow. Ivory may look like beige. Sometimes different parts of the same phone may have different color shifts.

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