|Sorry. Wrong number.|
But what is the Dreamphone exactly? Well, according to the eStarland listing it was only available through Sega's Dream Point Bank - a Japan-only loyalty service where points earned through the purchase of software could be exchanged for exclusive Dreamcast-related items. It seems that the Dreamphone was indeed such an item and using the previously mentioned Way Back Machine I found the following images (but no description) on the now-defunct Dreamcast Gallery site:
|That headpiece looks...comfortable. Um.|
|4000 points well spent.|
|Not bad for 5 minutes work in Apple Preview, eh?|
I'd really like to know if anyone reading this owned one of these super-rare devices, or if anyone still has one in their collection. If you did/do, please get in touch or let us know in the comments.
this page which has a tiny image (above) of the Dreamphone on it, but the original page has now gone and can't be reached with Way Back Machine either.
Update 2: Assembler Games forum user Pinepot supplied this new information: "The following blog entry by a Japanese guy who accidentally found the 'Dreamphone' and wonders for how much he should sell it provides two additional photos..." You can find the blog here - it's in Japanese but can be translated by Google or whatever - and the images are reproduced below.
Update 3: The Dreamphone is now listed over at Sega Retro thanks to this article. Thanks to fellow DCJY team member Scott (aka Doc Eggfan) for adding it to the wiki.
Update 4: It seems that a member of our Facebook Group, Dennis Herr had one of these things all the while! Here are some more exclusive photos:
Update 5: Thanks to some more detective work by friend of the Junkyard Pcwzrd, it looks as though the origins of the Dreamphone have been found. This Japanese blog post from 1998 features a description and review of the Fujitsu My Phone YT8100, and looking at the images above from Dennis Herr, the naming on the back of the unit corresponds. Here's a photo of the My Phone next to a Pokemon handheld:
Right, that's enough Dreamphone stuff for one lifetime. Thanks all!