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Powertel 500 Cordless Phone Power for Grannies

Updated on September 24, 2014

Amplicon Powertel 500 Cordless Phone

The new Powertel 500 Cordless Phone is the phone I'd been looking for for my Daddy. Yes, I was a granny with a Daddy (and he was a proud great-grandfather of four adorable little tykes). When my Mom passed in March 2007, it's been quite a struggle for him to "keep going" at times-- especially since parts of him-- like his hearing and eyesight-- were going. My dear younger brother did opt to buy him a phone like this one, and he called us all regularly.

The kind of phone technology our aged parents were comfortable with in their youth
The kind of phone technology our aged parents were comfortable with in their youth | Source
Amplicom PowerTel 500 dect_6.0 1-Handset Landline Telephone
Amplicom PowerTel 500 dect_6.0 1-Handset Landline Telephone

This is the cordless phone that you want to get for your elderly parent-- read positive reviews by clicking on the phone above.


Why is the Powertel 500 Cordless such a great idea for my Daddy and other frail elderly or vision/hearing-challenged folks?

  • first off (and this might sound whack to all hi-geeks out there) the Powertel 500 is a PHONE-- it's about as hi-tech as my 80-something Dad ever managed. He liked to keep in touch with all his "kidlets" (yes, sweet-- I was over 60 and was still called "kidlet") and a phone is his best friend. Even the IPad with its large onscreen keyboard requires a sort of co-ordination that he no longer had.
  • This phone has HUGE dark colored numbers on a white background on its keyboard. Extremely important for my Dad who had shaky hands and poor vision (although he did have his cataracts removed at 85, he still had shaky hands)
  • Powertel 500 Cordless has standard features like caller-ID on a brightly lit screen. My Dad was still a little thrilled that he knew who is calling before he heard a voice. He actually had a couple of rip-off artists call to try to get him to meet them over at his bank teller, and after that he didn't answer those unknown-caller calls. He really only wanted to see numbers belonging to his "kidlets", old cronies, and assorted relatives.
  • Powertel 500 Cordless can be amped up to 50 dB which provides good hearing, and for those with hearing-aids (not my Dad...), they can leave their apparatus on/in because the phone is TIA 1083 compliant.
  • Wow-- 11 hours of talk time and 100 hours of standby, both important features to a somewhat absent-minded guy like my Dad (not new to his age-- he'd always been preoccupied with deep thoughts). It freaked us out when he forgot to put his previous phone back into the recharger overnight and we couldn't get him the next day because the batteries had run down.
  • When this phone rang, the LED lights blazed brightly with enough lumen power to alert even the bleary-vision of someone with thick cataracts
  • And just in case my Dad wanted to pretend that he has a cell phone like some of his more tech-savvy friends or grandkids, the Powertel 500 Cordless has 9 different ring tones available
  • The Powertel 500 Cordless is made by Amplicon, a German subsidary company, that has manufactured devices for those with sensory impairments for several years
  • The cost is reasonable and is well worth the pleasure, clarity, and meaningful connection older folks enjoy with this phone

Amplicon's Powertel 500 Cordless


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      Cynthia 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      very welcome Cody! I've experienced some light hearing loss as a result of an allergy and can vouch that loss of hearing isn't funny!

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      Cody Young 6 years ago

      Good post. Loss of Hearing is no laughing matter as thousands of the elderly experience some level of hearing loss every year. Thanks for shedding some light on this problem.

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      Cynthia 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      thanks for the comments, Jim-- yes it is Amplicom... the German company makes it and it goes by Powertel. Do you think I should emphasize that? I did mention it, but way down the hub. I appreciate your noting that, and yes, it would be a great asset to your Mom and other older folks. ~Cynthia

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      jim 7 years ago

      Great review, I will look to pick one up for my mother. I do think it is Amplicom, however, as that is what I have seen on all of the websites carrying the phone.

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      Cynthia 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Dear Ed.. thanks for your insights. I agree. I am attempting to find a review gadgets that can make life more comfortable and safe for the aged... and that includes me, as time reels by. lol

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      ed 7 years ago

      as one ages vision and hearing go and then there is always the feeling of discomfort around technical things. So a phone the makes it easier to use for the aged is great