Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pantech Breeze: Three Generations of Mobile Phones for Seniors

For today's post we will look at a cell phone that has served seniors through three generation of models. The Pantech Breeze was the original AT&T cell phone for seniors but the carrier has already announced the third version of this phone.

The Breeze III is also a good phone for the elderly just like its predecessors so I think it would to look back at these 3 senior-friendly phones. I'll post some basic info, images, and videos of these handsets.

Let's begin with the original Breeze. This phone was a simple device that feature a clean and uncluttered design. It was easy to use since it had simplified menus, over sized display, large keypad and quick-call keys.

Here are the images and videos of the first Pantech Breeze:





Then came the Breeze II. This phone arrived in 2010 and was offered for $19.99 with a two-year contract or a full price of $170. The 2nd Pantech Breeze ple flip phone with easy-to-use features just like the original.

It did have some new features including voice-guided GPS navigation, 3G connectivity, and Bluetooth. However, it remained at that time as one of the top phones for the elderly.

Here are the images and videos for this phone:




Fianlly, we come to the Pantech Breeze III, which was launched this year. I'm not going to go into the details of this phone since it was already featured in one of my post.

It is currently available for $29.99 after mail-in rebate with a 2-year agreement. It's priced has drooped to a more senior-friendly fee after a few months. This phone offers the simple flip design enhanced with 3G data, memory card slot, and a music player. It also shipped with with Audience earSmart and improved hearing-aid compatibility rating (Hearing Aid (HAC) rating M4,T4).

Here are the images and clips of this AT&T cell phone for seniors:





That's it for this look back at the Pantech Breeze. We hope that this post brought you information on a handset for the elderly. I hope yoyu liked the videos and images we added to this post. Stay tuned for more content on cell phones for senior cityizens and related information.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Cell Phone Plans for the Elderly: Sprint's Basic 200

We have focused on cell phones for seniors for the past few weeks so I feel that its time for a change of pace. This day we will look at a mobile phone plan that suits the elderly to provide more variety for our readers. Hopefully, this post will be as helpful to our visitors as those that are focused on handsets.

For this post, we will look at Sprint's basic plan. This carrier does not offer a specific cell phone plan for seniors but we will see if this offering can also fit the mobile communication needs of folks who are 65 or older.

So we begin with the details of the Sprint basic plan 200.

As its name suggest, folks who subscribe to this plan will get 200 Anytime Minutes $29.99/month that can be whenever they choose. Now, to maximize the value users should use these minutes for peak weekday hours before your plan's Night and Weekend calling starts (9 pm). Those who wish to get more can pay 45ยข per additional minute.

So what other features does this plan provide. Well, this Sprint plan also offers roaming, and domestic long distance. The long distance feature can be useful for seniors who have family and friends that are living far away because it allows for coast to coast calling anywhere in the continental U.S.

This plan also include standard features such as data, and messaging. If the features seem to few to you, then you have to remember that this is an affordable plan and basic offering.

So how does it compare with other cell phone plans for seniors? Well, the other offerings by carrier are close in both pricing and features so it can certainly compete with them.

If you are searching for possible plans for a senior then this plan should be among your options. The only drawback with this pack is that it comes with a contract. It's less flexible than pre paid plans and comes with contracts and credit checks.

That's it for this Sprint mobile phone plan that can be ideal foe seniors. Stay tuned for more plans for the elderly. You can also browse our older post if you wish to see more of our featured post on senior-friendly plans. See you in a few days for another post.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tracfone SVC Phone Videos

Let's continue this series of videos for cell phone for seniors with another popular handsets. The Tracfone SVC Phone or Senior Value Phone is one of the rising phones for the elderly. It may not be as well-known as the Jitterbug or offered by a major carrier but word on its value as a phone for seniors is getting around.

The handset is actually the Samsung T155G, a phone that we have already featured in this blog. However, we did not focus on videos for this device so we decided to post a few clips for your enjoyment.

These Tracfone SVC Phone videos are more effective at letting you see the device in action. Unfortunately, we did not find a lot of tutorial or how to videos unlike our post on the Just5 senior phone videos. There are plenty of ads though, but I decided to post user reviews, unboxing videos and one testimonial video from Tracfone.

I don't want to keep you waiting so here are the Senior Value Phone videos:












And I added a few features for you to see this handset in new angles:





That's it for this videos of a mobile phone for seniors. if you want more, then tune in to this site every week. We have fresh content on new phones, plans, and services for the elderly.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Simple but Effective Nokia 2705 Shade

Let's look at another simple mobile phone released by Nokia. This manufacturer did not release a lot of phones in the US but the handsets that reached the US were mostly simple devices that are ideal for seniors.

This time let us take a look at the Nokia 2705 Shade, which was released by Verizon Wireless. This phone is more than two years old but it is still available via a few retail stores.

The Shade sports a simple design that is geared towards making calls. This is a good fit for senior users who require a cell phone as a device that allows them to commuincate with friends and family on the go. The phone's flip design sports a sleek body that is relatively straight forward. The only negative aspect that I see on this phone is the build quality. It's made out of plastic, which may not survive being dropped and seniors do not have the means to buy a replacement phone every few months.

Is this phone senior-friendly? Well, the 2 inch internal display performs well and users can alter the font size so it scores well in terms of display usability. The keypad is spacious with lighting for dialing in the dark. The buttons are flushed though wich means that users may take some time before getting used to dialing and messaging on this phone.

So what about performance? Tests show that the Nokia 2705 Shade performed well when making calls. We did not experience any major issues while making phone calls. The handset's volume was loud and and the voices sounded natural. These are great attributes for seniors who are hard of hearing. The battery lasts for hours with continuos talking and for up to 15 days while on standby.

The Nokia 2705 Shade also offers the following features:
  • up to 1,000 contacts
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth
  • VZ Navigator

Here are a few videos that may help you to judge this phone's quality as a cell phone for seniors:





That's it for this post on a mobile phone for the elderly. Stay tuned for more post, pictures and videos of senior-friendly cell phones.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

GreatCall Jitterbug J Videos on the Web

A few weeks ago, we posted some tutorial videos for the Just5 simple phone for the elderly. We've gotten some good response from the videos so I decided to post more clips of senior-friendly handsets.

This time we will post videos of the Jitterbug J from GreatCall, one of the most well-known cell phones for senior citizens. But before we post the videos, let me first provide some details on this phone. Of course, you can also read our feature post on the Jitterbug J if you want more details.

The Jitterbug J is currently available for around a hundred bucks and is known for its simplicity. It has a clamshell design with backlit keypad with big buttons for easy dialing and a color screen with large numbers for users with weak eyesight. This phone is also hearing-aid compatible and comes with speakers for loud, clear sound and an emergency feature that can quickly reach a U.S. based, 24-hour operator.

I guess that's more than enough for our background on this phone. Now let's proceed with the videos. Unfortunately, there are no tutorial videos for the Jitterbug J on the web. However, this clips provide plenty of info on this phone and what you see make convince one to get this phone.

Without further ado here are the Jitterbug J Videos:









That's it for this post. Visit us often if you wish to see more videos of the best mobile phones for seniors.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Sprint's Kyocera DuraCore: A Rugged and Simple Push-to-talk Cell Phone

Sprint's new Direct Connect network has a limited number od phones. However, this line-up promises to have a few phones that may be suitable to the needs of the elderly. For example, the Kyocera DuraCore combines rugged and simple features to form a package that might be suitable for senior users.

First let's talk about price since an affordable handset is more suited for the elderly most whom do not have a steady source of income. Sprint is offering this phone for 69.99 with a contract but some retailers like Amazon Wireless offers it for only $0.01. It's a new phone so the price may be lowered in the next few months.

Now let look at the senior-friendly features of this mobile phone. First let's look at the design. The DuraCore sports a clamshell design that has been ruggedized to meet Military Standard 810G. That means that this phone can easily take on damage from dust, shock, vibration, and temperature extremes.

The body of this cell phone for seniors sports a non-slip rubber surface that makes it easier for users to hold it when making calls or sending messages. This is a good features for seniors because some of the elderly have reduced grip strength.

The display of this phone measures 2-inch QVGA TFT display with 240x320-pixel resolution. The screen is bigger than most displays sported by basic phones. It also comes with large font option for menus, which helps users with poor vision. It also comes with an external monochrome screen that displays important information such as the current time, incoming calls, and battery strength.

The keypad for this phone is also user-friendly, which is in line with its simple design. The Kyocera DuraCore has bubbly buttons for soft-key navigation. It's alphanumeric keypad buttons have good size and rise above the surface of the phone. The smooth, rounded edges allows the user to dial by feel.

The other senior-friendly features for this phone include Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free devices, bi-directional speakerphone, and hearing aid compatibility (M4/T4). This phone also supports Sprint's push-to-talk (PTT) service for quick conversations with families, and friends. it's a quick and simple way of communication that is suitable for seniors.

Here are a few videos that feature this phone:






Well, that's it for this post on a Sprint mobile phone for senior citizens. Stay tuned as we feature more phones, plans, services and related topics.

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