Great Cell Phones for Seniors
As adults, senior citizens depend on us everyday to be there for them whenever they need something. But you still want to stay in touch with them, and make sure your senior citizen stays safe, and if an emergency happens, that they can easily call for help. The perfect gadget for a senior is a cell phone.
However, if you mention something to your senior about getting a cell phone, they will most likely refuse, saying that a cell phone is so complicated, they won’t know how to use it. And to tell you the truth, most cell phones on the market today are not senior-friendly.
But not all cell phones on today’s market are complicated. Some creative minds have designed cell phones aimed at senior citizens which feature things like large buttons, hearing aid compatibility, large text and a button for easily dialing 911.
Below are some phones designed for seniors.
1. UTStarcom Coupe (Verizon Wireless, $39.99 with 2 year contract)
The UTStarcom Coupe is Verizon’s “senior phone” which features a 911 button, three buttons that can help connect you or first responders to three different ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts that you specify, large buttons and a large text menu that is easily navigable.
2. Samsung Jitterbug ($147, Jitterbug.com, with plans that start at $10 a month)
No, I’m not kidding. This phone really costs $147! But some say the price tag is really worth it. This phone is designed for seniors, and seniors only. It features a loud speaker with cushion, a Yes/No interface, instant access to an operator who can help you out with your phone, and a phone book. Plans for this phone start as low as $10 a month for a 911 only plan, and as high as $80 a month for an 800 minute plans. There are also plans in between the two at reasonable prices. Note, however, when you call a Jitterbug operator for help with your phone, 5 minutes of your monthly airtime are deducted. And if your senior needs a lot of help with his or her phone, and you have a plan that doesn’t include that many minutes, your senior’s airtime may be drained just by calling a Jitterbug operator for help. People also complain about the phone itself being too bulky, and the phone plans being too expensive.
3. Motorola F3 (TigerDirect.com, Unlocked, $34.99)
The Motorola F3, originally designed for people in developing countries, is a phone that is very easy to use. Its greatest function is making and receiving calls. It also has a basic phone book, selectable ring tones, basic tools, and that’s it. The interface is so simple, a senior could probably learn how to use the phone all by themselves. Plus, this phone is unlocked, meaning that you can use it with any GSM carrier, which includes AT&T;, Alltel, T-Mobile, Consumer Cellular and more (see list of all GSM carriers at http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/cou_us.shtml).
4. Nokia 1100 (http://www.crayeon3.com/c3/pc-1012-150-.aspx, Unlocked, $45.70)
This very simple phone used to be the one my own Grandfather used, before he switched to a phone that was a little more advanced. This cell phone is very simple to use, and also has text messaging capabilities. It also features a built-in flashlight, which can help guide your seniors in the dark. Just like the Motorola F3, this cell phone is compatible with all GSM carriers. This cell phone is best known for its ability for users to easily create their own ring tones, which your senior may like.
5. Motorola C139 (TracFone Wireless, $14.99)
This very simple cell phone has a color screen, which includes simple tools, a color screen, and since this phone is on a pay-as-you-go cell phone plan, an airtime display that shows how many minutes of talk time they have left. Please note, however, that TracFone is a very expensive cell phone carrier, and airtime isn’t cheap.
Your senior should like one of the above phones, and if not, let them choose. Take them to a cell phone store and let them play around with the phones on display. Ask for recommendations from a sales associate. If there is one that they really like, get it for them.
Thank you for taking the time to read over this article, and I really hope you will find a nice cell phone for your senior.