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harvey007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:13 PM
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Best cell phone for a senior citizen?
Can anyone recommend a cell phone for a senior citizen (late 70's) who's technologically-challenged?

(besides the Jitterbug phone)
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:14 PM
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1. Here
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:16 PM
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3. Now that's just wrong....
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:15 PM
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2. Yeah, the simple prepaid cell phones.
No camera, no nothing. You can call from them and get calls. You pay for what you use.

Easy Peasey Lemon Squeezy

Buy the phone and a year's service with 400-800 minutes. Less than $100 and you're done. No bills, no nothing.
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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:21 PM
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4. The Samsung Knack is very straightforward
Edited on Wed Sep-23-09 07:23 PM by musette_sf
my phone-challenged husband likes it.



ps, the user guide also assumes the user is phone-challenged.
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Alameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:21 PM
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5. Doesn't anyone have a serious answer? It's not a joke.......
....you too will get to be a senior sometime...so stop making fun!
Now for an answer.........most wireless service providers, such as AT&T have the option of getting a pre paid phone. Another option is to have them added on to your service as a family member. That is what I've done for my father. It's really best to let them see and feel the phones so they can determine what they feel most comfortable with.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:35 PM
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10. I am old, I was around when they did the beta testing on
dirt.... sooooo I believe your idea is a good one. Sorry if you thought we were being too insensitive. :)
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:36 PM
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11. I gave a serious answer.
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:43 PM
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12. Try Consumer cellular (AARP magazinge) I just
changed from an expensive plan that I hardly ever used. I had 4000min in the bank accumulated.

I got one for 19 bucks a month and 250 min...more than I need. Also, you have NO contracts.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-11 04:06 PM
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21. I went to the AARP website and found some great deals. $10 a month
is an option that I liked.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:28 PM
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6. depends on your provider...
i have a small motorola and next one i`m getting will have a bigger screen and keyboard.the eyes ain`t what they used to be. buy the lowest priced big screen phone
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:29 PM
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7. I'm 77 and now have a Motorola Razr but I've had a cellphone
since 1994.

I have no problem with my current phone and use it for calls only.

I'm sure your friend/relative would find this very easy to use with a little help.

Good luck!

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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:30 PM
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8. Why not Jitterbug?
I know a couple of mid-80-somethings that really love it including the customer service.
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 08:10 PM
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15. The Samsung phone Jitterbug uses sells for $150
Thats expensive for a pay as you go service.

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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-11 07:02 AM
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23. I have Jitterbug and it is not pay as you go. I pay only $14.95 a month.
The Samsung phone is only $39.95, but I opted for the more expensive Jitterbug phone for $99 because I liked the large number key pad.
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:31 PM
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9. You might take a look at the ClarityLife
It's been in use in Europe for 2-3 years now. It has a lot of features for seniors. I don't think any of the major networks carry it, but you can buy it directly unlocked and it should work on any GSM network once you get the sim card from your provider.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:52 PM
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13. Here at Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Clarity-50900-Unlocked-Dual-Band-...


Clarity 50900 Unlocked Phone with Dual-Band GSM 850, 1900, and GPRS--U.S. Version with Warranty



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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 07:59 PM
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14. My parents are rocking out with the Motorola W385 on Verizon
No complaints, other than my mom wants one with a better camera.
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Paper Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-24-09 04:55 AM
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16. No Bells, no whistles. I use a tracfone and have been very
Edited on Thu Sep-24-09 04:58 AM by Paper Roses
satisfied with the phone reception and ease of use with my new flip phone. I did have an older model that was not a flip and it was difficult to program, not intuitive at all. The new one, a Motorola
W260g is not only easy to use, it is logical to my non-savvy mind. I too am a senior and technologically challenged. Phone was bought at CVS but is available anywhere. $14.00 with 20 minutes. I have had to buy minutes every 60 days. Buy 60 minutes for $19.00 to keep it active. Simple except I had trouble with the last minute renewal. I did it by phone and had to be in contact several times w/tracfone because the minutes were never credited to my phone.

I have no complaint about the phone capability, it is cheap and the phone is good. You can buy any length of service. Much cheaper to buy longer minute time but the arrangement I have works for me.

Good luck. Isn't it fun to be a non-techie in a technological world?

I am assuming that you mean a prepaid cell phone service, not just a new cell phone
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2Design Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-26-09 07:03 PM
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18. I use Virgin Mobile - no contracts - $5 month $9.99 for phone
Edited on Sat Sep-26-09 07:06 PM by 2Design
go to www.virginmobileusa.com

Can pay by the month, no contracts, or buy prepaid cards at kmart or target - lots of options - check it out

I pay about $5 a month if I don't use it at all. There are months I don't use it. If I got to the point where I was consistently spending more money, I would get a different plan with them. I like having no contract. I have their TNT model that I bought on sale at kmart for 9.99 - you can buy the phone cards there too -
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quiller4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 04:54 PM
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19. We both have T-Mobile prepaid and I use a very basic Motorola
flip phone that cost me about $25 when I started with T-Mobile in 2006. The numbers are large enough for me to read without my bifocals.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 08:38 PM
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22. I've been using Tracfone. Works well and is cheap.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-13-11 04:41 PM
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24. I got my dad a Pantech Breeze II.
He used it until he passed away this year at the age of nearly 92. He needed some help getting it set up but otherwise was able to use it pretty well. It has three prominently-located speed dial buttons, which were especially useful, and it also has an easy-to-read screen.
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