Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Amplicom M5000 Mobile Phone for Seniors

Here's another cell phone that's dedicated for seniors. The Amplicom M5000 is a basic handset designed to be used by elderly users and those who have a sight or hearing problems. Let's get into the details of this cell phone for senior citizens.

The Amplicom M5000 comes with a variety of features that make it ideal for elderly users. For instance, one can immediately see that it sports a keypad with large buttons and very visible numbers. This feature is helpful for users with weak eyesight.

This solid mobile phone for the elderly also offers a large clear 4.3 cm white on black display, with big easy to read fonts and large clear big buttons. Again, this makes things simple and easy for poor sighted users.

This senior-friendly device also offers extra loud ringer (up to +100 dB) and an extra loud speaker volume (up to +23 dB) with a powerful vibrating alert. The Amplicom M5000 also comes with an induction coil fully Hearing Aid Compatible(HAC). This features make it ideal for users with poor hearing.

Here are the rest of the senior-friendly features of the Amplicom M5000:
  • Emergency SOS Panic Button
  • Three speed dial buttons for quick access to contacts
  • battery has a standby time of up to 170 hours and a talk time of up to 120 minutes
  • 15 polyphonic ring tones and vibration alert
  • Send and receive SMS
  • Red LED to indicate out of range and other functions
  • 3 Short dial numbers - M1, M2, M3
That's it for this post on another cell phone for seniors. Tune in to this blog for more services and mobile phones for senior citizens.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Senior Tel II Phone for the Elderly

Here another simple mobile phone for seniors. The Senior Tel II from Mobi-Click is a cell phone that's ideal fro" the elderly, the disabled, for mobile people who need special assistance, the diabetic, or vehicle drivers."

This basic mobile phone for seniors features three major buttons that n elderly user can use to immediately call an emergency contact. The buttons can be assigned to call a family member, neighbor, doctor or emergency center.

The buttons on the Senior Tel II are also designed to be useful for users with poor eyesight. For instance, dialed buttons will stay illuminated throughout the dialing process. Each of the buttons corresponds to a particular tone so the visually impaired senior citizens can call emergency contacts with no difficulty. Users will be aware of incoming calls via a blinking blue button and a ring tone.

This cell phone for seniors offer features and functions that are truly useful for elderly users. For example, the emergency mode allows all incoming calls will be picked up automatically and activates that the loud mode which allows calls to be made to ill or disabled persons.

The Senior Tel II from Mobi-Click also offers Geographic monitoring for the disoriented, which keeps tabs on the location of the user and sends an SMS if the person strays away from a certain zone.

Well, that's it for this mobile phone for senior citizens. Tune in to this blog for more phones and services for the elderly.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Raku Raku Phone Basic Cell Phone for Seniors

Here's another simple phones that's designed to be for seniors. This time it hails from the land of the rising sun. The Raku-Raku Phone Basic is a simple handset designed by NTT DoCoMo, the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan.

The Raku Raku Phone Basic is suitable for seniors because its a user-friendly handset equipped with simple functions. This mobile phone for seniors possess all the physical characteristics required by a senior citizen such as a large display with large fonts, wide keypad with wide buttons and a flip design.

However, this cell phone for senior citizens also comes with a few special features that the elderly will find useful. For instance, it offers a “Slow Voice” feature, which slows down the communicated voice for easier listening. Seniors with weak auditory capabilities will find it helpful.

The Raku Raku Phone Basic handset for the elderly also offers "Clear Voice” noise detection, a feature that adjusts earpiece and ringtone volume depending on the surrounding noise levels. This is another useful feature for users who are hard of hearing.

That's it for this quick look on the Raku Raku Phone Basic cellphone for seniors. Tune in to this blog regularly to get the latest news and updates on cell phones and services for senior citizens.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The iNO CP09 Cell Phone for Seniors and Kids

We are at the end of 2009 and I must say that finding newly released cell phones for senior citizens are hard to find. The current trend in mobile phone development pouts a lot of emphasize in high-end features like touchscreens, GPS, WiFi and cameras.

However, there are a few exceptions like the Jitterbug J and the Emporia Lifephone which were launched quite recently. I also found a newly launched phone called the iNO CP09 that's designed for kids and the elderly.

Basic or simple is a very appropriate word to describe this mobile phone for seniors and young kids. One look at the phone will tell you that. The iNO CP09 sports a rectangular monochrome LCD display with an orange backlight. It's not very large but the fonts are huge so seniors with weak eyesight will have no problem reading the information on the screen.

The keypad on this handset for the elderly is well suited for senior citizens. The buttons are very large and easy to read.
There's also a dedicated ‘SOS’ button on the back which can be useful in emergencies. When pressed, the button emits an alarm and contacts a pre-programmed phone number.

The iNO CP09 cellphone for seniors and kids also offer useful features like an FM radio, a torch light, a headphone jack, and a text messaging.

The only downside to this phone is its available exclusively in Singapore at $78 each. It's also a GSM handset so its not compatible with CDMA networks like Sprint and Verizon.

That's it for this new cell phone for seniors. Keep on tuning in to this blog to get the latest news on devices and services for senior citizens.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nokia Wireless Loopset: A Cell Phone Accessory for Seniors

In my last post I blogged about the hearing aid compatible cell phones for seniors. This time, I think that it would be helpful to write about an accessory that can be helpful to elderly mobile phone users.

The Nokia Wireless Loopset is a device that provides t-coil-equipped hearing aid users with a hassle- and hands-free connection to mobile phones. This gadget was introduced last year and may be helpful for senior users since a large number of them have poor hearing.

This accessory for compatible with cellphones for seniors that use Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. The Nokia Wireless Loopset enables mobile calls to be accessed wirelessly through the hearing aid and can be worn around the user's neck.

Here are some of the features for this accessory:
  • vibrating alert for incoming calls;
  • user adjustable sidetone level;
  • optimized volume range and frequency response;
  • single button for call handling;
  • induction technology enables acoustic background noise to be filtered, which greatly increases speech discrimination.
However, it is also important to test different handset before buying this accessory for mobile phones for seniors. The quality, immunity and customization of hearing aids vary greatly so testing is needed to find a suitable phone for the Nokia Wireless Loopset.

That's if for this post on a cell phone for senior citizens accessory. Tune in to this blog for more news and updates on handsets for the elderly and related topics.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hearing Aid Compatible Cell Phones for Seniors

A large number of seniors need hearing aids to assist them when interacting with friends and family. Thus, a cell phone that's compatible with these gadgets for the hard of hearing will be useful for elderly with impaired auditory senses.

Mobile phones and hearting aids are not naturally compatible. This is due to the fact that the acoustic connection made between the cellphones and the hearing aid is poor and creates distortions in the sound. However, consumer needs paved the way for handsets that are compatible with these devices for the deaf.

The FCC has set the hearing aid compatibility standard for handsets. Devices that meet or exceed ANSI (American National Standards Institute) hearing aid compatibility standard are suitable for consumers with impaired hearing.

The devices are rated into: M3-handsets that has satisfied the ANSI standard and M4- handsets that has exceeded the ANSI standard.

However, it is also important to note that the label "hearing aid compatible" is not a guarantee that it will work perfectly for elderly users. The main problem is interference that may cause static buzzing sounds.

It is also important to remember that non-rated handset may also work with hearing aids.

Here is a list of the hearing aid compatible cell phones for seniors that I've featured on this blog:

  • LG VX4700
  • Binatone Speakeasy
  • Motorola W259
  • Doro HandlePlus 334 GSM
  • Doro PhoneEasy 410
  • Doro PhoneEasy 345
  • LG LX150
  • Samsung M240
  • Nokia 6085
  • Jitterbug J
  • Motorola V195s
  • Samsung Knack
  • Nokia 2366i
  • Motofone F3
  • Sanyo SCP 7000
  • Nokia 6133
  • LG Flare
  • Pantech Breeze
  • Motorola Buzz
  • Sanyo 7050
  • Motorola i760
  • Motorola i335
  • Verizon Wireless Coupe

That';s it for this post on hearing aid compatible cell phones for seniors. Tune in to this blog for more on mobile phones for the elderly and related topics.

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