Thursday, August 27, 2009

Verizon Wireless Now Offering Jitterbug Phones and Services

I have previously blogged about Verizon's cell phone plan for seniors. Now the major mobile phone carrier has snagged one of the most powerful force in the cellphone for seniors industry.

Great Call and Verizon Wireless have announced that Jitterbug phones and services will now be available in America's most reliable wireless network. This means that the popular mobile phone for seniors and plans are part of the carrier's open development program.

The Verizon Wireless open development program aims to encourage innovation, provide new wireless choices, and expand the wireless market. The addition of Jitterbug phones and services fits snugly into the goals of this program.

But the question remains, what do this mean for senior wireless users. Well, this partnership provides a lot of benefits. Here are the top three:
  • Users of cell phones for seniors will now be able to gain the security and confidence of making calls on the most reliable wireless network in the US.
  • Jitterbug monthly services will now offer more minutes.
  • Night and weekend calling will become more affordable.
It certainly appears that Verizon is will to invests billions of dollars to extend its network reliability lead over other wireless providers. With Jitterbug phones and services now part of its line-up, the carrier now owns a major part of the thee senior market.

Verizon now has capable phones that can match up with the senior handsets on other carriers. For instance, AT&T is offering the Pantech Breeze as a cellphone for senior. However, with the Jitterbug phone and a special mobile phone plan for the elderly, Verizon Wireless has a distinct advantage.

That's it for this post on the Jitterbug phone and services on Verizon Wireless. Keep on keeping tabs on this cell phone for senior citizens blog to get the latest news and updates on handsets for the elderly.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

AT&T Cell Phone for Seniors

After a quick look at the Google Analytics for this blog, I noticed that a number visitors have reached it because they were looking for AT&T cell phone for seniors. I decided that it would be a good idea to make a post featuring the carrier's handsets and highlight those that are suitable for elderly users.

I chose this devices based on two major criteria, simplicity and price. A cellphone for seniors should be easy-to-use and cheap. Of course, there are other criteria but using them all would leave very few phones. So I used these two attributes to allow my visitors to chose from a several suitable handsets. BTW, you can check out my post on the characteristics of an ideal handset for seniors.

OK, let's proceed with the AT&T cell phone for seniors.

Pantech Breeze: This is the carrier's best offering. I have dedicated a post on this phone and I have to say that this is AT&T's best handset for the elderly. It provides a large friendly buttons and display text. It is also easy to use and provides EZ One-Touch quick call keys. It is now offered for $30 with a 2 year contract.

Nokia 2600: This phone comes with modern features like web browsing and mobile email but it's also relatively easy to use. This device has large buttons but they are flat. Consumers can get this mobile phone for free with a 2 year contract.

Samsung Rugby a837: A rugged and simple phone. Nice large keys and can withstand being dropped several times. Also equipped with modern features but can also work with user who simply want to talk and text. Refurbished units available for free with a 2 year contract.

LG CU405: A basic phone with simple features. Consumers will find it a solid, basic phone that gets the job done with a minimum of hassle. Large keys with hands free speakerphone. Refurbished units available for $40 with a 2 year contract.

Motorola MOTO EM330: a simple flip phone with CrystalTalk technology for clear sound. Also provides hands-free speakerphone and large widely separated keys. This handset is being sold for free with a 2 year contract.

These are just a few of the AT&T cell phone for seniors. The carrier's line-up is flexible so new phone might be available. Unfortunately, mobile phones may also go out of stock.

That's it for this post. Tune in to this blog to get more news and updates on cell phones for seniors.

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