While the younger generation has smartphones that can do nearly anything, the senior community isn’t really too impressed. Most younger cellphone users are concerned with the newest, flashiest phone that has a 4G network, goes on Facebook, takes pictures and video and that has a myriad of other specialty features that can really make life interesting.
Aging parents, or grandparents, on the other hand, just want a phone that works and has a cheap monthly service plan. They aren’t too interested in all the bells and whistles, instead they want a phone that is easy to use and can make calls. All the other features are usually wasted because they either don’t know how to use them or just don’t want to. When looking for a phone that properly suits seniors, ease of use is the number one priority. While most models are becoming increasingly convoluted with features, choosing a phone with only the basics is the best choice. Another thing to keep in mind is price, not only of the phone but also of the actual monthly plans. Grandma doesn’t want to drop an extra $15 for text messaging and web storage. She also really doesn’t want to pay extra for the leading market phone. This goes hand in hand with ease of use, but it should be mentioned just because everyone wants to get their parents or grandparents the best, but if it better suits their needs, scaling back is the best thing someone can do. Another thing to look for is clarity and button size. Make sure that the phone volume is loud enough and clear, some models designed for seniors are actually hard to hear from, and has larger button sizes that are easy to press Phone numbers. Some models that are best suited for the senior community are as follows:
This phone can work on any GSM carrier, and is a bare bone basic model. No frills, no apps but has big sizable buttons, amplified sound and an SOS button that sends texts to the top five contacts and also starts dialing the five contacts via speakerphone during an emergency.
Samsung Haven ($39.99 with 2-year contract)
This phone available from Verizon is a basic flip phone, with a large display and keyboard. There is an SOS button for emergencies, a pill reminder option and texts can be received but not sent.
ClarityLife 900C ($100)
This rectangular phone can be used with T-Mobile and AT&T. The screen is very large and so are the buttons. There is an emergency button, and a sound control option that can reach up to 20 decibels.