“I just got my new cell phone, and it’s one that I can understand, outsmart, and know how to operate!!! I got it at the Verizon Cell Phone for Seniors store at the mall!“
This email was forwarded to me by a friend following my telephone posts of April 9 and 12. (Love it when people send ideas for my blog.) I did some research but am also anxiously waiting to hear from the originator of the forwarded email above. I want to know exactly which cell phone has empowered her.
What is the best cell phone for aging parents? I thought PC magazine might have the answer. Its three-page article, “The Top Simple Cell Phones,” (Feb. 2011) offers excellent information, plus ratings and a slide show of seven phones. I knew Jitterbug (third page) was senior-user-friendly, but had little knowledge about the other cell phones.
A review of cell phones for seniors on CNETs site (updated April 2011), provides a different list with only one phone on PC magazine’s list: Doro Phone Easy 410. Scroll down to the site’s end for comments from adult children purchasing various cell phones for parents and grandparents. Note: many like TracFone’s SVC (Senior Value Cell) See Fran’s comment below plus many others re: SVC.
I was clueless about Verizon Senior Stores. Through Google and Yahoo I found several Verizon Senior Stores located somewhat near me. While three stores had ratings and comments, the sample of respondents is too small to be valid by any standards. Yet some stores appear to be more senior client-centered than others–rave reviews, for example, about a certain saleswoman at one of the Verizon Senior Stores, while some complaints about service at other stores.
Cell phones, we know, are more than a convenience; they’re invaluable in many emergencies. Clearly a user-friendly cell phone is a necessity as we try to help parents and older people age well. It also encourages connections, is a practical gift, and will hopefully empower older people just as it empowered the writer of the forwarded email that began this post.
And what was this cell phone that she could understand, outsmart and know how to operate with such enthusiasm? I promise to post the name as soon as I hear from her. Update: Comment from Fran, below, much more helpful than the writer’s, so I’m going with Fran and her thoughtful research. Update, update: More helpful comments.
Because there’s so much interest in the SVC (Samsung T115) I’m including 2 UTube links about it. The first–short, simple, but bounces around: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hftTAt0NNg&feature=related The second–longer and more detailed, showing seemingly every feature (including textured sides for a nice grip) and updated 10/11: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=hnGSL8Xlbbw&feature=related
11/25/11 The new Snapfon ez ONE-c (Unlocked) has been selected as PC Magazine’s new “Editor’s Choice” for simple cell phones (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2396826,00.asp) by Alex Colon. He also wrote PC Magazine’s “Top Simple Cell Phones” 2/2011 review (second paragraph above). The Nov. 2011 issue elevated the new ezONE-c (unlocked) model above the Snapfon ez ONE’s 3.5-star rating.
11/29/12 Alex Colon (PC magazine) writes–page 2, near bottom: “As far as simple phones go, our favorite is still the Jitterbug Plus, which is a straightforward flip phone with a good keypad, an easy-to-navigate interface, solid call quality, and good battery life. The Just5 J509 and Snapfon ez One-c are also good options, and are even more basic than the Jitterbug Plus, if you’re looking for Zen-like simplicity.”
2/20/13 For those with disabilities (vision, hearing) states offer programs that distribute free telephones. Check out my recent post: http://helpparentsagewell.com/2013/02/19/best-phones-for-people-with-disabilities-possibly-free/
Check out “Newsworthy” (right sidebar). Links to timely information and research from top universities, plus some fun stuff–to help parents age well.