Touted as the first modem to ever be sold under $100, the VicModem was also the first modem to sell more than one million units. Marketed primarily for the VIC-20 this modem was also compatible with the C-64.
Unlike most modems today, the VicModem came with no automated dialing capabilities but relied on the user to physically dial the connection themselves. Once a carrier was heard, the modem could then be connected to the phone line and communication could begin.
Some Canadian History...
Some customers in Canada were lucky enough to get their VICMODEM packaged with this telephone manufactured in Canada by Northern Telecom. Ironically, the phone did not have a detachable handset, making it useless by itself for use with the modem. Therefore, the set also included a small adaptor which allowed the user to plug the VICMODEM directly into the wall line cable, daisy chained to the phone. After dialing with the phone, a switch on the adapter would redirect the carrier signal to the modem.