The design of this phone is clever. The receiver fits on the base to complete a continuous form. The phone os beige with brown accent on the inside. This very modern ''touch tone'' replaced the old rotary dial. You had to pay more for touch tone service, if you didn't you could have a touch tone and still hear the woosh of the dial. This older, low tech phone is ready to be plugged into the wall. The phone has not been tested.