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Cell Phones for Seniors

Updated on August 21, 2014

Cell Phones and Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

Why would cell phones for seniors need to be any different than typical phones? For many of us, as we get older our needs change. In some instances, a senior may find they need a cell phone that is easier to handle, something that is easier to see, or easier to hear. A more simple cell phone.


For others, the phone is simple enough to handle but typical cell phone plans no longer suit their needs. With kids out of the house, full time employment perhaps behind them, the cell phone plans with huge pools of minutes are far more than is needed and an unnecessary expense.


The options are increasing however and there are a number of cell phones for seniors that may meet your needs.

Photo by Command Zed.

The Original Simple Cell Phone

When it comes to a cell phones for seniors, the first option is the Jitterbug J phone; considered to be the original simple cell phone that includes basic plans as well.

The Jitterbug was designed specifically with older individuals in mind and is well suited to anyone who is seeking a cell phone with fewer functions, larger buttons, larger font (print) on the screen, and good volume. The Jitterbug J phone is also hearing aid compatible.

It's a great phone for anyone who may need occasional assistance from an operator as it provides such support. Operators can even help users put numbers into their contact list.

The cell phone plans offer simple options that provide calling without long distance or roaming charges and no time of day restrictions. Plans start as low as $14.99 per month and no long term contract is required. The per minute charge is a bit higher than many packages that offer the large bundles of time, but for those with limited calling needs it can still be a cost saver.

See the Jitterbug

Selecting a Phone for a Hearing Impaired Senior?

Be sure you know how to select a phone with the features they need. Visit our Cell Phones for the Hearing Impaired page to learn all about it.

Tracfone Senior Value Cell Phone

For some, the perfect cell phone for seniors is prepaid. This means that they can purchase only as many minutes as they will use. This makes it an affordable and easy to understand plan. TracFone offers their Senior Value cell phone which allows users to pay as little as $7/month for phone service and as little as $20 for the phone.

Their Samsung T155G is designed with simplicity in mind. It offers oversized keys and a large, lighted display screen, both of which are easy to read. It's a flip phone that displays the user's minutes balance so that they always know when it's time to purchase more talk time. There are no bills and dialing 911 is always free, even if there are no minutes remaining. There's no contract, no activation fee, and service is nationwide.

The phone provides simple yes/no navigation, external lighted icons to notify the user of any missed calls or messages, hearing aid compatibility, a WAP 2.0 browser, voice mail, a speaker phone, a calendar, alarm clock, calculator, stopwatch, scheduler, SMS messaging capabilities, and a 200 entry phonebook. This phone provides 7 hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time per charge.

These phones are sold a KMart stores.

AT&T's Cell Phone Plan Designed for Seniors

AT&T offers no cell phone designed especially for seniors, but for millions of older individuals this isn't the need as they are accustomed to using traditional cell phones and are quite comfortable with them.

What AT&T does offer is a cell phone plan that is designed for the typical needs of aging customers. Those who may be retired, whose children are grown, and who require smaller bundles of minutes and hope to realize the cost savings associated with the lower usage.

The Senior Nation 200 plan offers users age 65 and older 200 anytime minutes, 500 night and weekend minutes, and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling for $29.99 per month. With this plan the caller never pays roaming or long distance charges. Calls beyond the plan limit cost 45 cents per mintute and a 2 year contract is required.

Below you will find some more traditional phones that might double as cell phones for seniors thanks to some of their features.

Cell Phones for Seniors From AT&T

The Pantech Ease

The Pantech Ease by AT&T is a GSM phone with a bright 3.2" full touch screen that is easy to navigate and easy to see with large font. The slide out QWERTY keyboard is well spaced and provides easy text messging. Users can select Easy or Advanced mode. The Easy mode makes navigation simple and scrolling unnecessary. With AT&T users get 3G data speeds and international compatibility.

With the "Say A Command" feature users can speak commands and with the "Read Out Mode" they can have callers and text read aloud to them. The Ease also offers voice dialing, voice memo, a speakerpone function, and is hearing aid (M3/T4) and TTY compatible. It has a Quick Contact key that allows users to call or text their top 3 contacts or access voicemail easily.

The Ease provides voice guided turn-by-turn direction with it's built in GPS, Bluetooth technology, a built-in MP3 player, 2 megapixel still camera and video camcorder, HTML web browsing, and the ability to e-mail, text, instant, or multimedia message others. You can see it below.

The Pantech Breeze: Another Senior Friendly Cell Phone

The AT&T PanTech Breeze is touted as a "Senior Friendly Phone" as well. Indeed, it offers a clear speakerphone with good volume, large, well spaced buttons for easier dialing and 3 pre-programmable quick call buttons. It also offers larger font (type) and fairly simple menus.

Although it is a farily basic cell phone, the Pantech Breeze offers more functions than many of its competitors if a senior is more confident with using modern cell phones. It offers a VGA-quality camera, downloadable games, ringtones and wallpapers, the ability to send and receive text and picture messages with sound, web browsing, and bluetooth capabilities.

Nokia 6085: A Basic Cell Phone for Seniors

This AT&T Nokia 6085 is another older cell phone, but it has a number of features that may be attractive for some seniors. It offers large keys with a simple keypad, hearing aid and TTY compatibility, voice dialing, speakerphone capabilities, and voice driven menus.

It can also be attractive for seniors with more cell phone experience. It offers multimedia messaging, web browsing, MP3 player, digital camera, and more.

Verizon Coupe and Their Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

Verizon on the other hand does have a cell phone designed specifically for seniors. They introduced the Coupe back in 2007. This simple cell phone provides help for those with dexterity problems or mild visual problems. It has 3 large programmable emergency buttons as well as a 911 button in addition to the typical, yet enlarged keypad.

It also offers a larger than average display for easier viewing as well as a speakerphone.

For individuals 65 and older, Verizon Wireless offers their Nationwide 65 Plus cell phone plan for seniors. For $29.99/month (and a two year commitment) users get 200 anytime minutes per moth and 500 nigh and weekend minutes. There are no domestic long distance charges and users also get web access, caller ID, and voicemail.

A number of Verizon phones are compatible with the plan including a variety of BlackBerry devices and the HTC Droid Incredible.

Verizon Coupe

This Verizon Wireless Coupe cell phone for seniors is a small lightweight flip phone with 4 speed dial buttons, a built-in speakerphone, advanced voice dialing for hands-free calling, bright color display, and a convenient external display.

This phone is hearing aid compatible and offers picture and text messaging in addition to voice calling for seniors who are accustomed to modern cell phones. It can usually be found on eBay.

See the Verizon Coupe

The Samsung Knack

The Samsung Knack is among the best cell phones for seniors as well. It offers the ability to place voice calls, retrieve voice messages, and text message. It doesn't have the entertainment and convenience features such as a camera, MP3 player, or web browser, but does offer more senior friendly features.

It has an external display which shows the time, battery life, signal strength, and numeric caller ID without having to flip the phone open. It's hearing aid compatible (M4/T4) and has a speakerphone as well. Voice dialing, a 911 and user-programmable ICE (in case of emergency) button, large keys and simple menus are also accommodating. The screen is bright and the text reasonably large making it easy to view placing it high on the list of cell phones for seniors.

Verizon's Samsung Haven

Haven SCH-u320 Cellular Phone - Flip
Haven SCH-u320 Cellular Phone - Flip

The Samsung Haven is another cell phone for seniors who want something simple. It is hearing aid compatible (M4/T4) and offers dedicated keys for one-touch quick access, a speakerphone, and five health related applications. It offers reminder alarms, a fitness trainer with 15 unique stretching techniques, healing music selections to help relieve stress, and a medical information application that lets you make medical notes and stores your information such as allergies and medications so that it's always available when you need it.

The external screen display the time, battery life, and signal strength while the 2.2 inch color internal screen offers adjustable font. This phone provides advanced speech recognition and gives users voice calling and text messaging capabilities.

 

See the Knack

Virgin Mobile: Another Option for Some Seniors

For seniors who are comfortable with cell phones but are merely looking for plans that don't require them to purchase packages with a large number of minutes, Virgin Mobile might be a good option.

Virgin Mobile requires no contract. Monthly plans are as low as $24.99 per month for 200 anytime minutes and 500 night & weekend minutes. Pay-as-You-Go plans can be as low as $20 per month for 200 minutes. Phones can be as low as $14.99.

For more visit the Virgin Mobile website.

Clarity Pal

The Clarity Pal was introduced in mid-2012. This cell phone for seniors features large buttons, an emergency button that can be programmed to call/text any number desired, and a few other pre-programmable buttons for one button dialing. It can boost volume by 25dB with a push of the boost button. It offers a 2" color LCD display, vibrating/flash call notification, and talk back of numbers dialed.

This phone is also hearing aid compatible. You can get a glimpse of it below.

See the Clarity Pal

Doro Phones

Doro, a Swedish company makes the Phone Easy phone. The Phone Easy 345 is a $40 candybar style phone and the Phone Easy 410 is a flip phone for $50. They both offer big buttons, large font and a loudspeaker. They also have a surface that's easy to grip, a loud/vibrating ringer, and are hearing aid compatible. They are offered by Consumer Cellular on the AT&T network.

In addition, these phones offer Bluetooth technology, an FM radio, and flashlight. They give users a 100 entry phone book, a wake up alarm, and the ability to make phone calls and to send and receive text messages. You can also receive MMS/picture messages. Plans start at $10/month and AARP members get a 5% disount. There is no contract required.

A Senior Cell Phone Plan from Consumer Cellular and AARP

Consumer Cellular now offers several cell phones to AARP members; some at no cost and others as high as $100. The phones are typical rather than being designed specifically as cell phones for seniors. However, no long term contract or cancellation fees are required.

Members also receive a 5% discount on monthly access and airtime rates, a 30% discount on some accessories, a 45 day trial period with money back guarantee, and plans starting as low as $10/month.

Learn more by calling 1-800-686-4460 or visiting the Consumer Cellular website.

A Quick Look at the Phone Easy Phones

Just5 Phones

Just5 phones are designed to provide ease of operation, big buttons, amplified sound, a long-lasting battery for reliability, and an emergency SOS button. Many of them include an FM radio, a flashlight, a speaking keypad, and volume up to 100dB. They come with no contract, no activation fees, and no credit check. Both monthly and prepaid plans are available starting as low as $10 for 67 minutes.

JUST5 J509 Easy to Use Unlocked Cell Phone with Big Buttons, Amplified Sound, Personal Emergency Response System (Orange)
JUST5 J509 Easy to Use Unlocked Cell Phone with Big Buttons, Amplified Sound, Personal Emergency Response System (Orange)

The Just5 phones have a spacious keypad, big buttons, amplified sound, and Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) giving users an SOS emergency button for safety. It provides voice calling, text messaging, a flashlight, an FM radio, and great call quality. Users can switch to speakerphone and get three buttons to set up for speed dial.

This is an unlocked GSM phone for use with services such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

 

EZ Two

Snapfon ezTWO Senior Unlocked GSM Cell Phone, SOS Button, Hearing Aid Compatible
Snapfon ezTWO Senior Unlocked GSM Cell Phone, SOS Button, Hearing Aid Compatible

The EZ One is a fairly simple cell phone designed with seniors and those with low vision in mind. It measures on 2" x 4" x 0.5" and has a 1.6" LCD screen. It provides voice calling, text messaging, and voice mail. It also features a built in flashlight, built in FM radio, and features like a calendar, alarm, vibration alert, handsfree speakerphone, and adjustable volume.

Users can program up to 8 numbers for one button dialing and they also get an emergency button that can be programmed to dial 4 numbers of their choosing. This cell phone also offers a keyboard that can be set up to speak numbers as you dial. The keypad features large buttons with oversized, bright white lettering on a black background.

This cell phone for seniors is easy to navigate and offers a full 3 to 5 hours of talk time per charge. It is a dual band GSM phone that will work on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks as well as others. It can be used with both contract plans and prepaid options as well. This phone comes with a case, lanyard, and earbuds.

 

More Cell Phones for Seniors

There are other simple cell phones that are possible options for seniors who want a basic phone. The Easy5 cell phone allows users to set up 5 speed dial numbers and has a simple 7 button design. Buttons are large and font is easy to read. The keypad is well spaced and backlit for good visibility. It has no LCD, a loudspeaker, vibrator alert, and headphones. It's a dual band GSM phone and costs around $165. It has been marketed outside of the US primarily however, but a search online can turn up a few models.

Another possibility is John's Phone. It's a simple phone with large keys. It's only function is to make and receive calls. It's a quad band phone and operates on 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz frequencies and thus can be used to make calls to and from virtually every country (except Korea) The user can save up to 10 numbers and put them on speed dial for one button calling.

Cell Phones for Seniors with No Budget to Spare

For seniors who don't really want a cell phone for calling purposes but want one on hand in case of an emergency, they can purchase a low cost cell phone and skip the service. A refurbished phone will do. All cell phones should be able to connect for 911 calls even if the individual isn't paying for service at the time. You can learn more about this on our page about emergency only cell phones.

For those who receive financial aid from state or federal programs or have a household income below the poverty level, there is the possibility they will qualify for a free cell phone and service through a government supported program known as SafeLink

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Virgin Mobile Photo Credit: brick red.

Clarity Life Photo Credit: Dr. Hemmert.

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      rebeccahiatt 9 years ago

      That is all I want. A simple cell phone to place calls not play games

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      Kathryn Grace 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Excellent information, and just in the nick of time, as we are looking at phones and combinations of plans to include one of our mothers in another state.

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      hearthealth lm 9 years ago

      Seems like the market have gotten over the dot matrix, large screen display and square buttons of Nokia. In any case, 5* and faved! You really got the niche topic in the cellphone category. Hope you could drop by my GPS and car electronics lens sometime!

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      tdove 9 years ago

      My mom would love something like this. Thanks! And thanks for checking out my Buy Mens Cologne Online lens!

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      Winter52 LM 9 years ago

      I'm so glad that my Mom actually carries a cell phone at all but she's always complaining about the size of the buttons, so I must tell her about this Jitterbug one. Awfully glad I stopped by this morning. :) 5 stars because you helped me and my Mom. I don't think that she has a clue that this is available.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Excellent lens! We are still searching for a cell phone that my legally blind husband can use. I will investigate all of these -- some of which I had not seen before! Thank you for a useful and well researched lens!

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      coastingalong 8 years ago

      I was so glad to find your lens as I have been looking for something more to what you are addressing for seniors. Thanks for all the research.

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      rockycha 8 years ago

      Love the lens, as always this lens is thoughtful, well formatted and has loads of options for people seeking help. Good job!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A great gift idea for an older relative, or just for someone who doesn't need an all singing and dancing mobile phone.

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great lens with lots of useful info for a very specific niche market. Good job!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I love anything that helps seniors, being a CNA. Great lens. I have the pink phone for myself.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I love anything that helps seniors, being a CNA. Great lens. I have the pink phone for myself.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good information will be looking into these phones soon 5 stars

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      Mayflowerblood 8 years ago

      really great info to keep in mined =]

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      This is great, and just when me and mine are approaching "senior" status in about ten years. Will keep this on hand! Well done, Linda

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Excellent resource for seniors and their families. You are great at focusing a lens. Keep on keeping on!

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      My biggest problem is getting my parents to turn their cell phone on.

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      dahlia369 8 years ago

      Great topic, and thoughtful!

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      Mark Falco 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Lots of useful information here, thanks! My father-in-law really needs to consider a different phone but he'll never consider one aimed at seniors...none of us seem to be able to convince him he's not a teenager anymore!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      [in reply to lakeerieartists] Getting my father and in-laws to turn on their cell phones is the biggest problem I see as well. Maybe as cell phones are being developed that issue will be addressed.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      [in reply to Joe P] Are you ok using just one line? Or do you need two? There are several options listed above for significantly less if you are over 65. AT&T Senior Nation gives you 200 minutes for $29.99 as Does Verizon's Amreica's Choice 65. Jitterbug offers plans for like 150 minutes for around $30. The least expensive for light users really is the pay as you go option. If you are younger than 65, pay-as-you-go is an obvious option too. They have a relatively high per minute rate but it's still a low overall cost based on low usage. I have a page that discusses Emergency Only Cell Phones and it goes into more detail about the pay as you go options. https://hubpages.com/technology/emergency-cell-pho

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have heard of a Safeline program of free cell phones for seniors, simple phones to be use in emergencies. Can you provide information ?

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      [in reply to ARTHUR KAHN] Where are you at? This isn't something I am familiar with but a quick search online leads me to believe it might be something available in Europe. (I'm in the US) Here is a link to one of the pages I found http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22sa... calling. Just copy and paste it into your browser and it should pull up a PDF document.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I found this on lensroll.com. Rolled to my Cranky Senior lens. I have a crappy phone from Wal-Mart that doesn't even take pictures, but it turns itself on every morning. Old farts should be happy people want to call them. 5*

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      homecarediva 8 years ago

      Excellent lens for those who have aging loved ones at home. They start to make phones with GPS for kids, they should offer similar option for seniors with dementia.

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      Cynthia Davis 7 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for the info on cell phones for seniors. My parents, unfortunately, don't want any kind of cell phone. The land line phone is confusing to them. I wish they would be willing to own one the featured cell phones that you mentioned. They sound great! Five stars.

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      Andy 7 years ago from London, England

      Excellent advice

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I had no idea there were cell phones designed for seniors. This is interesting to me, because my 81 year-old mom definitely has trouble seeing and hearing with her current cell. The plans designed for seniors wouldn't help her, though ... because, boy, can she yack! Anyhow, I'm going to keep these special phones in mind, because she needs to replace her cell soon. Great information here, and I'm lensrolling it to mine about how to NOT lose a cell phone (which my mom has a problem with also). :)

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      AlexanderMoran 7 years ago

      I agree the Jitterbug Phone is one of the better phones for seniors. Flip open the phone and dial. Other cell phone companies are also coming into the market.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another Great Phone that was overlooked at this Article is "Just 5" New and unique phone with Big buttons and a LIfe Line Button located on the back of the phone for emergency purposes that's a really cool phone that deserves attention!

      Check out some pics and info at www.Just5.com

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am for, all the more senior friendly devices as possible. My parents have a problem with a number of items. With the number of seniors growing this should be the business to get into. Thanks for the lens.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Yes, very helpful information. Great job! :-)

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year. Blessed by an Angel.

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      otter_p0p 7 years ago

      I want to find whatever the newer version of these phones are. The phones suggested on Verizon are older models with no cameras. Does anyone know what is the newer version of the KNACK or COUPE might be?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like that you think. Thank you for share very much.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Very helpful. I'm considering giving up my home phone and going just to a cell phone, as I don't need a phone very often. Glad to have these options explained, as I didn't know where to start looking for just what I need. And, as a senior, I'm happy to learn there are cell phones designed with over 65 people in mind!

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      reviewsonlines 7 years ago

      Thank you for good information.

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      SafeCard LM 7 years ago

      Hi,

      I think this is a very good idea. i think it sould help a lot with there safety too. And it could help us be able to get a hold of them better. thanks for sharing this wonerful idea with us!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Seniors normally do not require a lot of minutes and typically prefer basic phones, I'd recommend Tracfone. It's affordable and very reliable.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've been using MobalFreedom which is specifically aimed at us Baby Boomers and isn't tied in to a contract, and gives me $10 a month calling credit too (which rolls over each month). Definitely have no complaints so far.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Now TracFone has a prepaid phone for seniors called SVC. Here's a video about it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klPBNOpfQqY&amp...

      It has been numbers and a lrge display plus there are no contracts which is great!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad to see some cell phones are simpler, as my 85 year old parents gave up on theirs when they didn't understand the plan and got extra charges.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great comparison. I think it's good that companies think about our seniors and create products that fit their needs. My grandma is 88 yo and I'm always worried about her, specially about her long daily walks "that are good for my hips" she tells me.

      I bought her a cell phone, she was so happy because I got her "a real cell phone" and not a "small fancy cell phone", she can be funny like that.

      The Samsung 155 was 15 dollars and for $7 a month I make sure she can call me if there's an emergency, it's the Senior Value, and she can always add airtime with Tracfone cards. She loves it because the keys are big and so are the numbers on the screen!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great information. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I didn't even know they had phones like this! I won't tell you how bad it was when we went to replace our cell phone. It's like, come on, I only want to make a phone call, I don't want to launch a satellite LOL I love the idea of big buttons, not only for my vision, but these old hands don't work as well as they used to.

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      ssuthep 6 years ago

      Wow! So many cell phone choices for seniors. Great product recommendations.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There are so many cell phone options out there nowadays for seniors but we're so glad we went with TracFone for grandma. First of, it was a challenge to get her to carry around a cell phone. We finally convinced her that $10 a month will be our only out of pocket cost and it's totally well worth the peace of mind to be able to reach her wherever she is. Oh, and the phone itself, is under $20 with big keys and lighted and super dooper user friendly. I think she's actually beginning to use the phone and liking it, after 6 months!

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      SaveMySystem 6 years ago

      Hey, I just plan to gift one good cell phone to my grad ma. Thanks for making available list of cell phones for the senior citizens. I am looking for a phone which is easy to carry and have simple operations. Phone with big Icon display can be better I guess.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish I had visited this lens a few weeks back - we had to get a new phone for my Dad and so we know all about the different needs of someone of his age when buying a cell phone.

      Excellent lens that will be of help to so many people.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very helpful and practical lens. Terrific info for senior citzens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens-love it!

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      My mom so needed this lens before buying her current phone!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      TracFone's senior value phone definitely fit the bill for seniors. It's low price and just got the basic features with large key pad. Most seniors I know would no require gadgets or their phone or even text. $14.99 for the phone and $7 per month is a hard to beat combo. Both my grandparents have this plan and we love that they are easily reachable :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      No not helpful , all the phones you call senior or too expensive and have too many things on it. the others you call senior are just regular phones with small buttons email , messesging , alarm clock .Who needs all this crap, Just want a phone with big buttons and nothing else and a low price.

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The Tracfone I mention is only $20. I wouldn't consider that expensive. If you want more phones in that price range you can see my lens on Prepaid Phones. One of the Doro phones and a few other models here are under $50. I also have a lens on phones for calling, only calling, if you want to see those affordable options.

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      Gail47 6 years ago

      Great variety of resources! Dad needs to keep his phone fairly narrow as he keeps it in his upper left shirt pocket so that he can hear. He does have a problem with the ringtone as he tends to hold it in such a way that the ringtone goes to silent. Then, he can't hear the next call. It's always something!!! Spreading angel dust this morning!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for this helpful information about cell phones for seniors. We have been thinking of getting one for my mother.

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      They ought to do these phones in the UK, we have lost count of the number of times my mother sent us a message by accident. Bigger screens are definitely the order of the day :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      There's a new very affordable prepaid phone for seniors from Tracfone which my sister just got. I notice it's not mentioned here. I've been looking for an affordable a senior friendly phone with an affordable plan and so far this Tracfone Senior Value phone seems to be the best deal. I'm still undecided, but I can't see how you can beat a phone for under $20 and $7 a month or thereabouts for service. I know Tracfone runs on the best networks, so coverage and reception are good. My sister likes her phone a lot. It's a Samsung T-155. I notice in addition to the big keys and big lighted screen it's got a lot of nice features like an airtime balance display and 911 emergency assist. The other reason I'm leaning towards the Senior Value phone is that Tracfone international calls are the same price as a local call. There's also the convenience of automatic monthly renewal.

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      LocoMedia 6 years ago

      Great article about bying a Senior mobil".

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As far as I'm concerned the most important thing for a senior's cellphone is reception, and signal. That's after all what the phone is there for. As far as my folks are concerned this definitely means being on the CDMA network. Unforunately this doesn't fall inline with any real phone specials for my folks. Doesn't matter I said, and I got them the lg220c from tracfone, notated for it's brilliant signal attracting qualities, and not it's big keys etc. And my folks love the phone. They haven't had any problems trying to find keys, or deciphering small text, and they've never had a problem with signal. And that for a phone that costs less than $20.D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Mostplans are too expensive for retired people and the phones are too over designed chip wise. Needed is a phone that I can pick WHAT I WANT for services and pay only for them.

      A phone locator signal is needed, with a password protected On/Off button so other cannot use my phone. Must be a flip phone with a good hard cover to protect it. Waterproof to a point, and a decent camera so I can take pictures of the car wrecks I create!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Another thing, what ever happened to the Dick Tracy Wrist Phone? THAT is what we seniors need, along with a heart rate and BP read-out and a vibration ringer, and an ear phone jack.

      solar powered would be nice too with a homing beacon for the 911 guys!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I got my dad the jitterbug because he could not figure out a regular phone with all the other gizmo's on it. He can now get a hold of us, if he needs too, and we can get a hold of him to check on him all the time! Perfect!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Interesting post. I just read, however, that the senior value cell phone is favored for its superior vLue. Ni bells and whistles, but great price, service and value. Here's a video I saw on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Z71mDRFzw

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      Bhecky 6 years ago

      I have personally used the Just5 cell phone and I can totally recommend it to all users out there. I love how this is so simple and basic yet it can offer me so much more. For one, I find the phoneâs PERS features very handy during emergencies as it takes me only a press of a button to contact help. Plus, I am paying a very minimal amount of 10 dollars every month for my basic call and text prepaid plan. I am very thankful that I stumbled upon this phone at www.just5.com.

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      glenanail 6 years ago

      this is a really good lens, i loved the web promotion lenses in my profile you can check them for further tips even though it seems you are set. good luck with your cell phone site

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      it's great to see how technology is used to help. great lens. cheers!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That's true mobile phones that show large letters and big buttons is perfect for seniors.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Low tech cell phones are for as I get older. I don't have one, but I really do like these, and the calling plan looks great that you have here.

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      plaidlunchbox 6 years ago

      We've been really happy with the Virgin Mobile prepaid phones. No contracts & a variety of phones to choose from. We saved a little extra on the up-front price of the phone by shopping thru www.myfrugalfriend.com (went to the Best Buy sitefrom there and got a cash back rebate)

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      topfreelanceseo 6 years ago

      @Bhecky: Yes... Just5' Phones for Seniors are really increasing market share...

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      Great stuff. The simpler the better for me.

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      rebelcalling 6 years ago

      Global phone for seniors is a great idea to remain in contact while the closed once are traveling across the world.Thank you for such a nice lens that cares for senior citizens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very informative lens! Great ideas! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 2/4/2011.Have a great day!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many options for seniors when it comes to cell phones. Just know that none are worth anything if you don't get quality service for the money. When doing research for my parents, that's what I liked about the Senior Value Cellphone. The design of the phone is ideal and cost, to buy and maintain, is very affordable even on a fixed budget. Make sure to check this one out.

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      roland32 6 years ago

      With all of these choices available, I still see nothing better than the SVC phone from Tracfone. It costs you $15 for the phone and $7 a month to keep it operational. This gives 20 minutes of talk time a month. If you want more, you buy more minutes as you need them, and still come out cheaply. If you are using a lot of time on the phone, you should look at another option.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My mom's retired and using the budget friendly Tracfone because she says it's the cheapest, but the simple T155G does the job of making it easy for her to read the texts or dialing to make calls.

      She also liked the way the unused minutes and service days rolled over if they're not used.

      I'm surprised other prepaid plans charge a $35 activation fee for senior phones and plans knowing that allot of them are battling to make ends meet.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My vote is for the TracFone SVC. Just got my grandfather one and the deal is sweeter than ever b/c now the phone comes with $10 gift card certificate and double min. for life ***free. Not sure how long this deal with last but glad I got dibs! The phone itself only costs $15 and with the free stuff, it's like paying nothing!

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      Terry Lynne Hale 6 years ago from Kansas City

      Timely, useful information when most of what we hear these days is about Smart Phones. (Though I am a fan for the technology of them..) I'm sure lots of people wonder how smart you have to be to operate the *$&^# thing! Many of them are way too complicated for the senior who just wants to be able to talk to family & friends. Thanks for the great lens!

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      rikkib51 6 years ago

      Excellent article. I own a mobile phone shop called mobile phone mall and I am in search for a phone for seniors. There's really not very simple mobile phones for seniors out there now. A phone that's suitable for them is something with big keys and a suitable size screen with quite big text. Another improvement it must have is navigation to get to features of the phone.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm truly impressed with the amount of research done to provide such an informative page! Well done. The reason I'm here is because I'm looking for something for my dad, who, let me be honest, may well never even use the thing, but we can try! :) It seems this SVC phone is really popular amongst the readers, and I always like to make a decision not only on what the retailers have to say, but the users too. I really like that it has the large buttons and text, as well as the easy navigation, what with him not being used to phones. Think this will be the one for him. Thanks again for all the info and feedback!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This was a good read and what it did do is make me realize that I have the best and cheapest senior phone available. I am a user of Tracfone SVC and am a very happy one at that

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Timely article. I read that 91% of Americans own a cell,I'm sure seniors were included in that poll. But with technology moving so fast and my gramps can't even figure out her automated aswering machine, it is a relief to know of simple to function cells, as the Tracfone. Less than $7/month and phones starting as low as $15,this is the plan I went for.Not just the price but the safety features,like 911 tracking,and large numbers.She doesn't leave home without her trusty Trac.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      good idea, I am looking forward to have a mobile phone that talks and reciting each keys you stroke

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This page was so helpful, it has the potential to leave one in a quandary over the choice available! I suspect that there are a number of these plans and phones that provide an excellent service for seniors. At that point, it really comes down to your individual needs, leaving you with the option that may suit you but not the next person. For me, one of the most important things is being able to call my brother abroad, so with Tracfone's SVC offering this at the same rate as a local call, they already score extra points. The extensive coverage and affordability of both their phones and service, just add to the benefits and in my opinion put them ahead of the other offerings. My dear friend of many years, however, has more of a need for reminders for medication and operator assistance, leading her to choose the Jitterbug, which in my opinion is not only overpriced, but also squeezes money from the elderly by charging an activation fee. To get back to the point, assess your needs and then make a well informed choice.

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lots of options for seniors here, my recommendation would be TracFone SVC. The phone is simple to use, keys/screen are easy to see, it's affordable and definitely reliable. Plus the free 911 calls can be made even if you run out of minutes!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      For seniors, I think simple is the key. The TracFone SVC strikes a perfect combo between price and reliability. The phone is super user-friendly, with large, lit key pad, free 911 calls and emergency GPS location. Although the plan would work for me as I require something a little more "extensive" but it sure does work for grandpa!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So many positive reviews for Tracfone SVC here so I hate to be the one to rain on anyone's parade about it, but I'm just not that sold. For a company that supposedly provides so many options, SVC only offers one no frills phone and while the phone is cheap, I can't understand why Tracfone doesn't allow other phones to be operational with this program. Their network is decent and the aircards are easy to find and use, but the technology seems to backwards that other companies have the jump.

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      miamigem 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I understand what you're saying and felt the same way before someone gave me an explanation. The SVC that everyone talks about is like a marketing campaign directed toward the senior population. The thing that people don't realize is this phone uses the same plan that all the other Tracfones use. So, you're not locked in to using only this phone if you want something different. I hope I haven't confused the issue.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      seniors and teens are the biggest markets for cellphone carriers and they know this. I'm glad that at least one of those companies only charges 7 bucks for monthly services because it is hard to be a senior and on top of that not have a phone.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is endeed a very complete article. One of the services that caught my attention this past year what The Senior Value Cellphone with Tracfone, the phone is a flip phone, the numbers on the screen are huge, it's hearing aids compatible and the service is only $7 amonth with a tracfone card, the phone was only $15 at kmart and my grand parents love it.

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      Trendblazers 6 years ago

      Great lens, I need to find something like the jitterbug for my father in law as he is hearing impared and does not know how to use his iphone. I'm now on a quest to see if I can get one for him in the uk.

      Cheers

      colin

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      GoAceNate LM 6 years ago

      Wow my mom needs this page. Too bad she would have a hard time finding this page even if I sent her a link. The phone with big numbers is right up her alley.

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      Not only for seniors, but maybe people who are ill too. Technology was an area I struggled with while I was ill and I should maybe have changed my phone then. Lots of choices here :)

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      Anisu300 6 years ago

      You didn't mention the other benefits for senior value cell phone Samsung T155G users.

      Tracfone minutes and service days roll over to the next card you buy, you can make overseas calls on your Tracfone for the price of a local call and Tracfone uses the major networks which gives you great coverage for as little as $7/month.

      You also don't pay an activation fee of $35 like other plans charge.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow what an informative article! Loaded with so much info! Just thought I'd share my personal favorite which is without a doubt the SVC phone by Tracfone. Its designed just for seniors with big screen, big text, hearing aid compatibility, etc. Perfect for my grandma. She calls me whenever she is out running errands to check in - its so cute. Its also considered a safety device in my opinion - keeping my grammie safe for only $7 a month :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      SVC from tracfone is a really great prepaid option specifically designed for senior citizens. In addition to the things mentioned above in terms of cell phones, they also offer pay-as-you-go rates and no contracts, which is great for seniors. Check it out!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @miamigem: The SVC phone is only $20 and the cost of use is equally low. It's a simple phone with large keypad and display. Seems like the product and the marketing match, actually. No?

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Very interesting. Lensrolled with Brain Fitness in Old Age.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The senior citizen sure have various benefits on this cellphone.

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      squidootime 6 years ago

      Great topic - really useful info

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      great phones for special needs people too

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! What an extensive lens. So many options to choose from, I'd say you need to have quite a good idea of what you're looking for in a cell. Always good to do the research, 'cause that's when you come across the questions or answers you hadn't thought of asking. I recently came across the info that the extras that Jitterbug markets, such as medication reminder, Live nurse, etc., are apps that you pay extra for monthly, pushing your costs up. Something I haven't found the answer to, is whether Tracfone's SVC phone automatically comes with Double minutes for life-some say it does, and some say not. If it did, it would double your value for money in a flash, making it even more viable as a low-monthly-cost plan, and at $15, one of the cheapest handsets available to seniors.

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      Bhecky 6 years ago

      I also like the Just5 Easyphone when it comes to simple cell phones. This is one is very ideal for the elderly as well; although, this company also markets its phone to children, people with sight and hearing impairment, and people who simple want a simple cell phone. Basically, it works almost similar to Jitterbug. It has big buttons, amplified sound, and PERS. It is also very easy to operate. What I specifically like with this one is that it is also practical when it comes to its cost. My elderly mom whoâs using this phone can spend as low as $3.33 a month by getting the cheapest minute plan that this provider offers.

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      Bhecky 6 years ago

      I also like the Just5 Easyphone when it comes to simple cell phones. This is one is very ideal for the elderly as well; although, this company also markets its phone to children, people with sight and hearing impairment, and people who simple want a simple cell phone. Basically, it works almost similar to Jitterbug. It has big buttons, amplified sound, and PERS. It is also very easy to operate. What I specifically like with this one is that it is also practical when it comes to its cost. My elderly mom whoâs using this phone can spend as low as $3.33 a month by getting the cheapest minute plan that this provider offers.

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      nickybarra 6 years ago

      I went with Tracfone SVC because it was the first phone my salesman directed me to. So glad he did. My grams loves it,she learned how to use it pretty fast,anything she does fast now is great! Also gives me peace of mind because it comes with a 911 emergency location assist. Another good feature is hearing aid compatible. It also fits my student budget,which is great-I pay for it:) Nationwide coverage,so she keeps in touch with all of us grandkids scattered throughout the states!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Okay, so I've heard of a lot of different cell phones for seniors, but I found one in particular that caught my eye with its user-friendly features. So my question is: how expensive is it? I know I read something about $7 a month...but what's the fine print with that?

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      This lens is helpful. Nice one.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The senior Value Phone is the lowest priced phone I've seen. Though it is not very up to date, it seems ideal for the technology-averse. A cell phone is a must these days!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm thinking about getting the TracFone SVC for my grandma. Looks pretty basic and user-friendly. Does anyone know how the hearin-aid capability work? Also, what's the battery life like on the phone (good to know in case she forgerts to charge). Thanks :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Natalie The SVC is really user friendly, and probably the cheapest senior phone available. The hearing aid rating is M3/T3, though not being a technical person, I can't give you detailed description. I do know that the M=microphone and T=telecoil, and that the SVC Samsung is compliant with the standards for hearing aid compatibility. The battery life on the Samsung makes up for it's simplicity...2 weeks of standby time, in my opinion, is quite adequate. Definitely worth taking a look at, and if possible, find someone you know who has one, so you can see firsthand if it suits your requirements!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: hey author

      i have recently purchased an android phone and would like to install some apps in it and i found a site where there are some apps,can i download from that site ?

      www.mobilecruze.com

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      really helpful gadgets for seniors. wonderful selection and recommendation.

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      guyinsb 6 years ago

      Important feature needed for seniors: a charging cradle.

      Ideally, a call should be automatically answered when the phone is removed from

      the cradle, and a call should be terminated when the phone is placed in the cradle.

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      markets 6 years ago

      Very useful information you have here. These devices would surely help older citizens.

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      Dianna206 5 years ago

      This is great! I recommended it to my aunt who is looking into a cell phone for my grandpa! Thanks for writing this!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      the simple phones seem best, but it's still hard to explain how to use one because you don't just pick up when it rings.

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      jenstanton lm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens idea. I learned a lot by this! Thanks!

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      iQwestArticles 5 years ago

      Lots of great information! The button size on the Jitterbug is unreal (in a good way!).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You might think that this is nice but that you couldn't qualify for it. Generally, if you are on any type of government assistance, you automatically qualify. All you have to do is to actually apply for it through a local provider. Even if you're not on government assistance, you might still qualify. You won't know until you try to, at worst, you'll just get turned down. If you're not currently enrolled in a government assistance program like SNAP (food stamps) or Medicaid, you should check your states guidelines for poverty level based on income. Depending on your state, you could still qualify for a free government cell phone if you are at 150% of the poverty level!

      free government cell phones

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      blazingzone lm 5 years ago

      I never knew these phones would be best for seniors. Thanks for the info. Great lens

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Consumer Cellular is an excellent company to purchase a phone from because of their association with AARP who clout can get the best deals for their members and their buying power will ensure seniors that senior members will get a very good deal with the freedom of knowing that there are not going to be scamed.

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      PCReviews 5 years ago

      Thanks for these solid ideas. Now that my Dad is getting older we've been looking for something like this. I'll probably get the Jitterbug.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The buttons on most designs are regarding one-fifty percent-inch sq .. Many groundbreaking cell phones provide zoom choices which broaden the text on the screen. Amplification on cell phones for senior citizens is generally twice as noisy because on normal cell phones. Mobile phones designed exclusively for those who are challenging linked with hearing increase the good quality of the seem to be, not only the actual amplification. free government cell phones

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      chrisqw 5 years ago

      Very helpful, sensible lens. Thank you!

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      maybe when i got old, there no longer cell phones, it replace with virtual personal assistance, well who know

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      looking for phone for 91-yr-old grandma who winters with kids in the south, so your comparison was very helpful

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Get rid of the middle button you idiots! No senior in my life wants or needs internet and certainly does not need the "connecting..." message to appear every time they make a miskey! Make navigational buttons huge! Or better yet, get rid of them altogether. Seniors do not need phone that need menus so large that you need to use up/down/left/right navigation. What is WRONG with phone companies?

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great lens and I could use some of the features of the Jitterbug. Hate it when I get a text message as I can't read them without racing around for my glasses and certianly hate texting anyone back. Featured this on Senile Warts. Hugs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is quite simple. the best phone for seniors is the Jitterbug, but the most economical is the Tracfone SVC

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      This is good stuff and a lot of great info--thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I gotta say. The svc is GREAT for seniors. The device is pretty basic, no fancy apps or features, a simple flip phone with big keypad and big numbers on the screen that makes her fell confortable when dialing. Plus is very affordable, the phone was just $15 and the service is a prepaid no contact service that starts as low as $7 a month, she uses a little bit over that, but still unexpensive for her.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I gotta say. The svc is GREAT for seniors. The device is pretty basic, no fancy apps or features, a simple flip phone with big keypad and big numbers on the screen that makes her fell confortable when dialing. Plus is very affordable, the phone was just $15 and the service is a prepaid no contact service that starts as low as $7 a month, she uses a little bit over that, but still unexpensive for her.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I agree Veronica. My mother loves her SVC phone because like the other offers the phone is designed for seniors but the service is provided at a much lower cost. Not only that, but since SVC is ran by TracFone they are backed by the same cell tower networks as the major providers!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I agree Veronica. My mother loves her SVC phone because like the other offers the phone is designed for seniors but the service is provided at a much lower cost. Not only that, but since SVC is ran by TracFone they are backed by the same cell tower networks as the major providers!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very nice and informative lens thanks for sharing

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I think seniors who are less likely to text or need all the extra features are best off with a simple cellphone that isn't slide out or a smartphone.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As far as I can see the cheapest and best option for a senior who wants a simple phone and will not be calling a lot is the Tracfone SVC.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've seen a couple mentions here of the SVC/Tracfone line, but I don't see it listed in the article - any reason why? I actually never heard ot until I notced a few weeks ago at KMart and now I think it might make a great option for my grandparents. I haven't done any research and I have no prepaid experience so does anyone know what networks they are carried on? How dependable is it? I've only seen Tracfone aircards near the phone the sell for SVC so do you use those to upload minutes or any others?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what about phone plans for seniors that would only use the phone in an emergency? My parents would probably need to use the phone at about the time when the prepaid minutes have expired, and not know what to do? A monthly plan doesn't make sense since they would not want to pay for something they wouldn't use on a regular basis (it was hard enough to get them to subscribe to cable when the antenna service went away!_.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @carla I'm guessing the lens has been updated since you commented, as there's a nice insert on SVC now. SVC is Tracfone's senior offering, so they use the same networks (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile) The SVC phone is a GSM phone though, so if you are in a Verizon area, you'd have to choose one of Tracfone's other phones. The nice thing about them using TF airtime cards, is that you can purchase them in a quantity that suits your needs. Personally, I think going for a year card is easier for seniors, as they don't need to load up as frequently. I'd also strongly recommend you buy the double minutes for life card to go with it, as this obviously doubles your value every time you load minutes. As far as I'm concerned, this is definitely the most affordable senior phone of them all. Hope this helps, and thanks mulberry for the really informative lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ok here goes-- I NEED a phone for my grandfather. His eyes arenât the best plus his hearing is almost gone but I really wanna know about this senior value cellphone everyone keeps talking about. Its from the tracfone and it's a samsung t115 which looks as simple as can be. . . Any thoughts from anyone? People are saying great things but I really want to know if it is best for seniors in stead of just a great low cost prepaid phone. Supposedly its like seven bucks a month. Any ideas? thoughts

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      ally-taylor 5 years ago

      @JessieK I'm not going to repeat all the info the poster before you (R Clancy) gave about the SVC, but to touch on 1 or 2 points-you say your grandfather's hearing is almost gone-the phone can't compensate for loss of hearing, however if he has a hearing aid, the phone is compatible with the hearing aid. As far as the eyesight goes-the text is large, so that should help. The menu has a very simple interface, requiring yes/no answers to navigate through the menu. Is it "the best phone for seniors instead of just a great low cost prepaid phone"? It's really not much different to any of the other senior phones, which all offer the same senior functionality. The differentiating factor IS the low cost. Phone is around $15 and minutes can cost as little as $7/month-dependent on how many you need. Jitterbug offers other add on services not offered by SVC, but all at a monthly subscription(and the phone costs $100 + an activation fee). You need to know what's most important to you and work from that point to make your decision.

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      SecondSally 4 years ago

      One of my older in-laws was just listing all of the reasons that he is getting rid of his cell phone. Interesting reading.

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      velikausta 4 years ago

      Great lens. If your would like to read more about mobile phones, check out http://buzz2fone.com/

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My mother has a difficult time seeing with only one that partially has vision. I needed to find her a phone with large buttons and number read out. I found the Cenior for $59.95 at yippz.com . She doesnât use her phone often, just for emergencies while sheâs out. I got her the H2O minute plan for $100 for one year. That works out to $8.33 a month. Itâs perfect for her. The phone is unlocked and you can use any GSM carrier you choose. No Contracts! This phone can talk the numbers back to you and it has a built in flash light as well as magnifier.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      The two of us are 73 and 76 and haven't quite embraced the senior thing yet. we have two iPhone 4S smartphones and use them for internet, email, shared calendar, Kindle, camera, Facebook and lots of other apps. We even make and receive calls from time to time. We're hoping to stay active, healthy and productive for as long as we can. we do use AT&T's senior plan along with a minimum data plan.

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      ARTAD 4 years ago

      This lens is very useful for the reason that it provides information on the different brands of phones. Here's something I'd like to complete. I think it would be useful for the elderly. most of them are members of the AARP. Quick and easy access to AARP phone number and easy to navigate information on all local offices in different states.

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      topfreelanceseo 4 years ago

      @ARTAD: Yes, you are right, there is lots of information and options for seniors. The Phone I like most out of these were, Just5's Cell Phones for Seniors and Knack.

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      tom 2 years ago

      Really good information, it was nice to share with us http://www.cellularphonesforseniors.net

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      Pamela Lipscomb 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Since the beginning of the Lifeline program, it has grown, and now dozens of phone companies are offering free phones and cell phone as well as land line service. http://freegovernmentcellphoneguide.com/free-gover...

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