Monday, June 25, 2012

New Cell Phones for Seniors: Jitterbug Plus for Great Call

The Jitterbug has been a major force in the cell phones for seniors and a new one is about to enter the fray. Samsung has revealed the next-generation Jitterbug before GreatCall has a chance to formally announced it.

It appears that the phone will be called the Jitterbug Plus or Samsung SCH-R220.

A look at the phone indicates that it will sport the traditional Jitterbug look with its clamshell design and large buttons on its keypad.

Here are a few images of this new cell phone for seniors to give you a batter look:

As you can see, its simplified design makes it ideal for the use of elderly mobile phone consumers.
The features offered by this device include a 2.2 inch color display (240x320 Pixels) inside and an external color screen that measures 1.3 inches (128x128 Pixels). This cell phone for baby boomers is also equipped with a 1.3MP camera.

Here are the rest of the features and specs for the Jitterbug Plus for Great Call:
  • speakerphone
  • voice dialing
  • messaging
  • phone book
  • hearing aid compatible (HAC): MT/T4
  • internal memory::1GB (EFS) + 512MB (RAM)
  • battery with up to 25 days standby time and up to 3.1 hours continuous usage time
  • 5-Star service
  • Dimensions (inches): 3.86 x 2.01 x 0.77
  • Weight (ounces): 2.86 oz.
  • Frequencies and Data Type: 800/1900MHz

GreatCall has not yet announced this phone so pricing and availability are still unknown. It will be available in red and silver.

What do you think of this phone? Is it worthy of being the next Jitterbug cell phone for the elderly?

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Accessories for the Just5 Cell Phone for Senior Citizens

Hello everyone. I have been checking out the different websites that sell mobile phones for the elderly to check if there are new handsets, plans, or service for the elderly. I explored Just 5's US website and found that they have new accessories for their handset for grandparents.

The website previously just offered a SIM card on their accessories page but the site has finally decided to expand their offerings and provide more products.

Let me provide some of the new accessories for the Just5 cell phone that are available for seniors.

First we have a wall charger that allows users to charge up their phones by plugging it into a power outlet. I thin it's a very useful accessory as we need power to use our phones (duh!). However, the charger that comes in the box with our phone are often the first gadgets to stop working or get lost so having the option a buying a new one for your handset is good. If you need this device then you can get it for $9.99.

Next we have another type of charger for the Just 5 mobile phone for baby boomers. This one is ideal for the elders who are often on the go. It allows one to get power for your cell phone even if you do not have easy access to a power outlet. One simply need to plug into the power adaptor in your car and you can rely on it keep your phone charged on the way to seeing your children or grand kids. This accessory is available for $9.99.

Then there's the lanyard for folks who want to keep their phones close without having it in your hands. This accessory allows users to hang their phones around their neck so they are free to use their hands while having a phone at a convenient location. This accessory is also a great tool for users who often find themselves forgetting where they have placed their phones. This product is available for $7.99.

These are just a few of new accessories for the Just5 phone. Check out the handset's website if you want to check out more of these devices.

If you are unfamiliar with the Just 5, then you should know that it is one of the best options for consumers whoa re looking for a cell phone that is fit for the needs of the elderly. here's a video that will help you to get to know this phone:

Stay tuned as we feature more accessories, plans, and cell phones for senior citizens.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Samsung S125G: A new Tracfone Cell Phone for Seniors?

Tracfone is one of the best prepaid for senior citizens. It offers the Senior Value Cell Phone, which is one of the best handsets for the elderly (I'm sure SVC fans who frequently comment in this blog will agree). However, the SVC phone is not the only device that is suited for seniors among Tracfone's line-up. Here's an upcoming device that may also be ideal for the need of baby boomers.

This device was revealed by Samsung as headed for Tracfone's line of prepaid phone. That means that the pricing and availability of this phone have not been disclosed but I'm sure that it will be a cheap cell phone. The Samsung S125G is a bar style design that is design to "make your life easy". Let's go over the features of this mobile phone for grandparents.

Here are the highlights of this cell phone for seniors as touted by its page at Samsung's official website:

  • Easy-to-use interface makes dialing, texting and navigating easy-to-do
  • Keeps you connected to family and friends
  • Shortcut keys help to navigate and adjust settings in a snap
  • Easily manage calls with call waiting, Caller ID and alerts
A closer look at the features and specs for this phone reveals the elements that make this a goo phone for
the elderly. Here are the senior-friendly features of the Samsung S125G:
  • 1.52 inch color display with 128 x 128 pixels (a bit small and should be 2 inches or larger)
  • built-in speakerphone that let users talk hands-free
  • 1000mAh Lithium Ion battery with 12.5 days standby and 6 hours usage
  • Voicemail and TTY
 The specs sheet does not indicate the hearing-aid compatibility of the phone but perhaps that is due to this being a new device that has not been launched yet. The details on the site might be incomplete.

And here are some images to help you see how this phone can be a great device for senior citizens:

What do you thin of this phone? Is it worthy to be in the hands of an elderly consumer?

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Verizon Wireless Cell Phones for Seniors in the First Half of 2012

Verizon Wireless offers a very impressive line-up that includes the most popular and powerful smartphones in the US. However, this carrier also offer simple and affordable cell phones that are suitable for elderly users. These devices are designed to be cheap and easy-to-use for consumers who only want the basic features on their phones.

Now, carriers change their line-ups regularly to add new phones and retire handsets that need to be replaced to make way for new handsets. Currently, Verizon Wireless offers a few cell phones that we consider to be fit for senior citizens. We have featured them in our blog but we want to present an updated list of senior-friendly phones that are currently available on Verizon's line-up.

Here are the mobile phones for seniors that Verizon Wireless classify under "Basic Phones":
The prices for these phones are the current offers as this article was published. There are more phones in Verizon's Basic Phones line-up but they are meant for messaging and entertainment.

The phones listed above are linked to our featured blogpost where we take a closer look at the features and attributes that make them ideal for seniors.

Verizon Wireless already offers a senior-friendly cell phone plan (65Plus), which would work well when paired with any of these devices.

So what do you think about the list? Should Verizon offer more simple phones in its line-up? Should it offer the phones at a cheaper price?

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Monday, June 4, 2012

US Cellular Phone for Seniors: Samsung Chrono 2

We looked at the Samsung Chrono from Cricket and US Cellular about a year ago. Well, I'm happy to report to readers who like the phone that an improved version of the handset has already been available from sometime and it comes with a nice price.

US Cellular is currently offering the Samsung Chrono 2 for free for new activations and 0.01 after Instant Rebate for current customers who are eligible to upgrade.

So is this device a good cell phone for senior citizens? Is it as simple and easy-to-use as the original Chrono from Samsung? Let's go over the details of this phone to find out.

Like its, predecessor, the Chrono 2 sports a clamshell design that is slim and sleek. We would have wanted it to be sturdier as a device for the elderly but thin phones are the trend nowadays. It sports a 2.2 inch QVGA TFT display which is a bit bigger the the original Chrono which sported a 2 inch main screen.It also has a smaller 1.3 inch displays which shows relevant information without the need to open the phone.

This phone sports a nice keypad with large numbers printed on the buttons. The keys are separated with one another and raised slightly above the surface so dialing can be done without any difficulty.  The
four-way navigational keypad and softkeys also allows users to quickly access phone features.

The  Samsung Chrono 2 also offers a  Hearing Aid Compatibility rating of M4/T4 making it ideal for folks who are hard of hearing. The 1000mAh Lithium Ion can keep the phone going for up to 25 day on standby so it has decent lasting power.

Here are some images of this mobile phone for seniors:

And here are the bonus features you get with this phone(nice but not priorities for seniors):

  • 1.3 MP Camera
  • Social Networking and E-Mail Capabilities
  • Integrated Web Browser
  • Bluetooth 2.1 
  • Multiple Messaging Options w/Predictive Text
  • GPS
 That's it for this quick look of a cheap cell phone for seniors. Stay with us every week for new device features and other related topics.

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