Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Sagem Cosyphone for Senior Citizens

Sagem Wireless, a cell phone manufacturer introduced a mobile phone for the 50's market earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device is called the Cosyphone and is designed to cater to the needs of consumers who are 50 and older.

Let's take a closer look a this new cell phone for senior citizens.

The Sagem Cosyphone combines a simple yet elegant design and easy-to-navigate user interface with the latest technology innovations. Somehow, this resulted in a device that can answer the specific lifestyle needs of an older generation of mobile phone user.

One of the key features of this mobile phone for seniors is a technology called NFC or near-field communications. This technology allows users to access the features of the device without scrolling through menus.

This senior friendly cell phones sports an elegant yet simple design. It sports a large keypad with raised and separated number keys. The width of the key surface area makes text input and dialling easy. The buttons are also rounded on the top which provides better tactile awareness. The Sagem Cosyphone also features micro-vibration feedback which gives the user assurance they have pressed the right key.

This cell phone for seniors also sports a large color display. The fonts are very legible in various lighting conditions so users with weak eyesight need not worry.

The availability and pricing information for the Sagem Cosyphone was not revealed but it is expected to be sold through operators.

That's it for this new cell phone for the elderly. Stay tuned for more senior-friendly mobile phones and related news.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Simple Alcatel OT-E206a Candybar

Alcatel is a mobile phone manufacturer that does not have a large presence n the US. However, his company has produced a number of handsets that can for the needs of senior citizens. Let's look at a cell phone for seniors from Alcatel.

The simple Alcatel OT-E206a candybar is an elegant handset even though it would be considered a basic phone in this era. This mobile phone for seniors landed in the US market via Locus Telecom's prepaid O2 Wireless brand.

The Alcatel OT-E206a sports a 65K colour screen which is a bit small (only 1.3 inches) for seniors but ts bright and vibrant. It also offers an user-friendly keypad for easy SMS with large buttons that are raised about the phones surface.

This mobile phone for seniors is lightweight at only 69 g and compact with a body measuring just 98 x 42.5 x 18.5 mm.

Here are the rest of the details for this simple cell phone for the elderly.
  • GSM 850/1900 MHz
  • 8-tone polyphonic melodies
  • SMS with predictive input T9
  • SMS capacity up to 250
  • Phonebook up to 255
  • Calculator
  • Date & Clock
  • Alarm clock with multiple ring tones
  • Games
  • Li-Ion 720mAh Battery: Stand-by time up to 250h, Talk time up to 5h
That's it for this quick look on the Alcatel OT-E206a. Drop by often to get more info on cell phones for senior citizens.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Senior Friendly Kyocera S1300 Prepaid Phone

Here's a basic phone that might be ideal for senior users. This handset is available from prepaid carrier's in the US. Let's take closer look at the simple and easy-to-use Kyocera S1300.

The Kyocera S1300 exudes simplicity from its hardware down to its software, features and interface. It's very easy touse and come with a few features tha can be useful to senior users. However, a closer look indicates that this cell phone for seniors have a few weaknesses.

This simple prepaid handset sports a relatively small display by today's standards. The S1300 has a 1.8-inch display that supports just 65,000 colors (160x128 pixels). The low resolution produces means that graphics aren't very sharp and muted colors. However, senior citizens can adjust the display's brightness, contrast, and backlighting time to make it more suitable for weak eyes.

This cell phone for seniors offer a good keypad. The buttons are large and are raised above the surface of the phone. They are also backlit for dialing in the dark so they are quite user-friendly.

The menu for this mobile phone for senior citizens a very simple menu which is ideal for users who want a handset that specializes in calling. Other friendly features include a speakerphone with dedicated key.

The senior-friendly Kyocera S1300 is available from MetroPCS and Virgin mobile. Best Buy is selling this handset for as low as $15.

That's it for this simple cell phone for seniors. Visit again to get your weekly dose of news and new mobile phones for the elderly.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pantech Ease: A Touchscreen QWERTY Phone for Seniors

Touchscreen handsets have become more accessible to consumers this year. The number of handsets with touchscreen displays have significantly increased and the pricing for these phones have also become more affordable. And so it's only a matter of time before a touchscreen becomes a key feature of a cell phone for seniors.

Pantech, the maker of AT&T's Breeze and Breeze II mobile phone for senior citizens, is responsible for combining a touchscreen with a simplified handset. In coordination with AT&T, the manufacturer is set to release the Pantech Ease touchscreen cell phone for seniors.

This senior friendly phone sports a (3.2 inch) full touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard alongside features that are useful to the elderly. It offers two modes, Easy and Advanced, with the former obviously catering to users who want simplicity. The Easy Mode minimizes scrolling and highlights the features customers want to access most.

The Pantech Ease also features a highly visible large font. Senior users can increase or minimize the font of received messages with either touch or physical zoom in or out keys. This cell phone for seniors also offer a QWERTY keyboard which is easier to use than a normal text keypad. It has well spaced, backlit buttons that respond with a tactile click when pressed, and remain illuminated while in use.

Here are two quotes that will help to convince you that the Pantech Ease is a good cell phone for senior citizens:

Iain Gillott, president of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry states:
"The seniors market remains a significant opportunity for the operators to expand their businesses. But as iGR's research has found, the challenge is to provide a solution that meets the specific needs of the seniors with sufficient functions and capabilities yet is easy to use and intuitive. Our research has shown that seniors primarily want to make calls, to send and receive photos in text messages, to get driving directions and to read their email. And they want an attractive design that would make their family members envious - the Pantech Ease, with an easy-to-use interface developed collaboratively by AT&T and Pantech and attractive yet senior-friendly form factor, seems to address those needs squarely."
Jim Berridge, vice president of sales and marketing, Pantech Wireless:

"AT&T customers have come to rely on Pantech's ability to create phones that meet their unique lifestyle needs. Ease is a phone that incorporates the latest customer requests – a touch screen – yet does so in a manner which is easy to use. We have a winner with Ease and we're confident that customers will be impressed with both the design and functionality of this handset."

The Pantech Ease will be available on June 20th and will retail for $69.99 on contract after a mail-in rebate.

That's it for this new mobile phone for seniors. Tune in for more handset, plans and accessories for senior mobile users.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cheap Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

I have features several mobile phone plans for seniors in this blog so I thought it would be helpful to create a post that compiled these services. I've also added a few more affordable cell phone plans for senior citizens in addition to my older posts.

Cheap Cell Phone Plans fo Seniors

Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus: 200 anytime minutes for only about thirty bucks per month.

AT&T's Senior Nation 200 Plan: 200 Anytime Minutes, 500 Night & Weekend Minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling for $29.99 a month.

AT&T's Pay As You Go: $.25/minute but no daily access fee

Tracfone Prepaid: 50 minutes for $9.99

Consumer Cellular 100 Pack: $2.50 After 100 messages, additional messages are 10 cents each.

Sprint-Nextel's Basic Plan: 200 anytime minutes for $29.99/month

Jitterbug Cell Phone Plans: $29.99 200 Anytime Minutes, 500 Night & Weekend Minutes as low as $30.00/month with unlimited local calling and unlimited texts to the United States and Mexico.

Consumers can choose between postpaid and pre-paid plans for senior citizens.

Hopefully, this compilation of mobile phone plans for the elderly can help senior consumers to find the best plans for their needs.

Stay tuned for more information on accessories, plans and cell phones for senior citizens.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jitterbug J Accessories

Here's a special post for Jitterbug J users. I though it would be good to devote a page to accessories for this excellent cell phone for senior citizens. These accessories for a good cell phone for seniors can help consumers to get the most out of their handset.

Let's take a look at three of the most useful Jitterbug J Accessories:

Jitterbug J Headset: This special accessory allows consumers to have hands-free conversations on their mobile phone for seniors. It's lightweight and portable so it won't be a burden for elderly users. This accessory also reduces background noise and the earpiece features improved sound quality, so it's a senior friendly tool. It's available for around thirty bucks.

Jitterbug J Lanyard: This accessory allows one to hold ones mobile phone for seniors safe and secure around your neck. Designed with red and clear beads to match the design of the Jitterbug J. It includes an oversized ring for your keys or sunglasses. Sold for around fifteen bucks.

Jitterbug J Horizontal Leather Case: This useful accessory allows users to have easy access to the Jitterbug J. It clips conveniently to a belt or purse so the cell phone for senior is always within your reach. This accessory is available for around twenty bucks.

Visit the Jitterbug website to get more information on Jitterbug J accessories. Just keep in mind that some of the accessories may not be compatible with the original Jitterbug.

That's it for this post. Tune in for more news, plans, accessories and mobile phones for senior citizens.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Jitterbug Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

Jitterbug cell phone for senior citizens have been featured several times in this blog, but the company also offers cell phone plans for the elderly. Let's take a quick look for a these mobile phone plans for seniors and see how hey compare with other offerings in the market.

This company's Nationwide Service starts at 14.99 per month. Senior consumers will like the fact that these rate plans are not saddled with contracts or prepaid hassles. The Jitterbug rate plans for seniors are also flexible and consumers can select a different plan at any time with no hidden charges for switching plans.

What other benefit do these plans offer? Well, senior consumers can call anywhere in the U.S. at anytime. The absence of roaming or long distance fees also makes this cell phone plans for seniors very attractive.

These image illustrates the Jitterbug cell phone plans for seniors:

Here are a few reminders you need to know before signing up for Jitterbug cell phone plans for seniors:

  • 5 minutes will be deducted from your available minutes for each Jitterbug operator-assisted call. Standard per minute usage rates apply for the length of the call.
  • All plans require the purchase of a Jitterbug phone and a one-time set-up fee of $35 (Set up fee waived for each additional user).
  • Surcharges, government taxes and assessments are not included - they vary by state and municipality.

That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more plans and cell phones for seniors.

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