While cell phones can at first seem confusing, they have a range of advantages for seniors who want to keep in contact with family or friends and discover the world around them. Easy to use cell phones for seniors are increasingly receiving attention these days and are likely to spike further.
One interesting question is which model should you choose, and with hundreds of options available, finding the best phone might seem intimidating. Here are the five cell phones for seniors you might be interested in:
Olitech EasyMate+ 3G OLT2914 – 512MB – Black Mobilephone
The Olitech EasyMate is an ideal phone for seniors who need only simple phone functions. The phone does as it says – big, simple controls, clear screen, minimal features, 3G network functionality. It is the ideal phone for a senior who either wants to make or receive calls using a basic phone.
Features of Olitech EasyMate
Voice Reminders: This easy to use cellphone for seniors comes with a modern, personalized method of setting up daily/weekly reminders. You can now arrange audio alerts rather than a pop up written alert.
Menu Visibility: The new Menu Visibility feature from Olitech allows phones to cover ten primary menu choices, including text messages, from the main phone menu. This feature helps the phone’s digital interface to be tailored for the particular person and streamlined.
Loud Speakers: The phone comes with an amplified volume- it has up to 95dB ringtone and a 25dB earpiece volume boost.
myEasyAssist: MyEasyAssist facilitates the remote programming, location, and back-up of your EasyFlip through your custom web portal. Using this phone manager (a custom-designed software), the approved family members can manage and access the loved ones’ cell phones in case of technical help or emergencies.
Pros: Loudspeaker, emergency button, tracking and answer service for “5-Star”, high contrast screen, wide dial-pad, wireless magnification tool.
Cons: It’s Locked to the GreatCall network
Things get a bit tougher when we get older. Eyesight, coordination skills, and hearing can not all be what they were before.
The Jitterbug Flip is an ideal alternative for seniors looking for a mobile phone for improved peace of mind, with its flip interface, large keypad, high-contrast display, optional emergency response, and health tracking facilities.
Currently, this phone is locked on the GreatCall network. However, that provides several optional programs, including 24/7 emergency response support, prescription alerts, and access to medical advice on call.
A dedicated 5Star emergency button, a dedicated speakerphone button, a spotlight, and a wireless magnifying instrument are all useful. The camera on this phone is straightforward to use as well — mostly helpful in taking pictures to be used as background images or short reminders for later.
Pros: Comes with 3G support, charging dock, emergency button, speed dial buttons, hearing aid compatible
Cons: Weak camera
The Jethro SC318v2 provides an interface somewhat close to a conventional cordless phone with its Candybar shape, large print display, and hardware buttons for typical features.
This handset supports 2G and 3G and works (without the need for a lease or financing arrangement) on a wide variety of network carriers.
Useful features include a dedicated emergency button, compatibility with flashlights, and hearing aids. Straightforward use of the camera is still available on this model, even if you don’t plan to publish or post pictures online.