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Best Cell Phones for Seniors

Updated on February 20, 2015
The GreatCall phone by Samsung is specially designed for Seniors. Read more about it below.
The GreatCall phone by Samsung is specially designed for Seniors. Read more about it below.

Need a Cell Phone for Grandma?

If you have tried to set your parents or grandparents up with a cell phone, you know there are challenges. The buttons are not big enough, the ringer not loud enough, or there are just too many confusing functions for them to try to master.

So how do you find a phone that will be easy to use for someone just getting into the digital age? This is a question we faced when my grandmother moved into an assisted living facility. Without the option of a land line in her room, a cell phone became a necsssity....for a 90 year old woman who had never used one before.

Based on user reviews, here are some of the top picks for easy-to-use cell phones that will make it easy to get your senior into the digital age.

Click here now to see all of the top recommended cell phones for seniors sold on Amazon.

GreatCall Touch3 by Samsung

The GreatCall Touch 3 phone by Samsung was designed with seniors in mind. With all the functionality of a smartphone, this phone makes it easy to make calls, share pictures, and get on social media while making it easy for seniors to make calls and even keep track of their medication schedule.

Some features of the GreatCall Touch 3 include:

  • Easy to see 4-inch touchscreen display.
  • Compatible with M4/T4 rated hearing aids.
  • 3 built in health and safety apps keep the user connected 24/7 to doctors and nurses, and their medication schedule.
  • Affordable monthly plans start at only $14.99/month.
  • Link smartphone app keeps family members and caregivers informed about the health, safety and location of phone user.

Does this sound like the phone you're looking for? If so, click below to order now. This phone does not require a contract and has no cancellation fees.

Jitterbug Touch3 Senior Smartphone with 1-Touch Medical Alert by GreatCall
Jitterbug Touch3 Senior Smartphone with 1-Touch Medical Alert by GreatCall

Rated the Best SmartPhone for seniors, the Touch3 is the one to pick if you want access to photos, social media and email along with an easy to use phone interface and health and safety apps.


Some Ideas on How to Teach Seniors to Use Cell Phones

Is the senior in your life resistant to learning new technology? This is common. But sometimes it becomes necessary to embrace new technology. In our case, this happened when my grandmother spent a long period in a rehab facility that did not have individual land lines for each patient. Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities also face this challenge.

Why not teach your senior how to use a cell phone before it becomes an imperative. Here are some ideas how.

Buy an Easy to Use Model

In most cases, the senior in your life does not need a top of the line, newly released iPhone. An older, less expensive model without all the bells and whistles will suffice. These options are also less expensive, which will be appreciated by anyone on a budget.

Print the Manual

Many of us in the younger generation who grew up with technology, are able to intuitively "figure out" new models. Not so for seniors. They grew up in an age where everyone read instructions and followed the manual.

Make sure to provide your senior with the manual for their new phone, and if needed, photocopy key pages that explain the most used functions on an enlargement setting so that it will be easy to read and can be referred to over and over again.

One on One Training
Teaching a family member how to use their new phone is a great way to spend some quality inter-generational time. Since most 4-year olds today know how to operate a cell phone, it might be a good idea to enlist your skilled, and infinitely more patient, youngster to help grandma learn how to use her new phone.

Big buttons, intuitive design and loud maximum volume make this the perfect phone for seniors.
Big buttons, intuitive design and loud maximum volume make this the perfect phone for seniors.

The Jitterbug 5 Smart Phone

This is the Jitterbug phone you have seen commercials for. Perfect for seniors and children alike, this phone is easy to use and comes with affordable calling plans making it perfect as an extra phone to slip into your child's backpack when you need to stay in touch.

The features that Jitterbug is known for all come standard on this phone:

  • Urgent Care 24/7 nurse access.
  • 5Star Service emergency dispatch to get you the help you need in an emergency.
  • Medication Reminder Service
  • Link Smartphone app allows a loved one or caregiver to receive alerts whenever the user accesses Urgent Care and 5StarService, and to locate user via GPS.

Paired with the easy to use, intuitive interface, durable construction, and adjustable volume for the hard of hearing, this phone is the natural choice for the senior in your life. Order it on Amazon today, then set up your service plan at

The ARCCI by Jethro

An award winning design, the ARCCI by Jethro was made to fit into Senior's lifestyle.

This affordable phone ($39.99) is perfect for seniors who don't want the hassle of learning how to use a smartphone and are not interested in apps. Plus, you won't need to purchase a data plan to use this phone.

The wide screen and large keyboard make dialing the phone easy, and loud volume controls make it comfortable for the hard of hearing.

This phone comes unlocked and can be used on any GSM network, like AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.

Some additional features of this phone which will appeal to seniors include:

  • SOS emergency calling button
  • Built in FM radio and flashlight
  • Hang rope hook to wear the phone around your neck for easy access.

This phone won the IF Product Design Award in 2010. Order one now and get your senior connected to easy-to-use telephone access wherever they go.

ARCCI Phone is A Simple Phone for Seniors

ARCCI [SC051] Quad Band Senior Cell Phone, Easy to Use Senior and Kid Cell Phone, SOS Button, Large Keyboard, Simple to Use Unlocked GSM [BROWN]
ARCCI [SC051] Quad Band Senior Cell Phone, Easy to Use Senior and Kid Cell Phone, SOS Button, Large Keyboard, Simple to Use Unlocked GSM [BROWN]

Want an easy to use, large button phone that does not require a data plan? The ARCCI was designed for simplicity. See it at Amazon.



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