Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New Jitterbug Phone for Seniors Arrives!

There is no doubt that Jitterbug is one of the leading forces in the cell phone for seniors industry. The brand has almost become synonymous with the cell phone for senior citizens market. We have featured the company's phones and services in this blog multiple times and we now welcome the arrival of a new Jitterbug device into the industry.

Great Call, the moving force behind these useful handsets for the elderly, has announced a new version of the Jitterbug. Called the Jitterbug J, this cell phone for seniors features the same clamshell with large buttons. This special handset is now available online and via select retailers.

However, the Jitterbug J has a slimmer and lighter design than the SPH-a110 and SPH-a120 models. Despite it's new design, this simple cell phone for senior citizens remain comfortable in the hand.

The new Jitterbug J cell phone for senior is simple when compared with most of today's mid-range and high-end cellphones. However, it also offers new features that were not found in earlier models. The new features found in this new Jitterbug phone include Bluetooth that enables the use of wireless headsets.

This new mobile phone for seniors also provided improvements such better -screen navigation, custom ringtones, dedicated speakerphone key and call waiting. The Jitterbug J also boast of a battery that can last 30% longer than previous models.

New services include the MyCalendar app, which lets users add calendar items online that automatically sync with their handset. This new Jitterbug phone also offers new SMS templates and 24/7 access to a nurse call-in service.

Users can also subscribe to the Complete Care package that bundles in roadside assistance and free replacement of lost or broken phones. I like this service. It appears to be beneficial for elderly users. It is offered at a very affordable monthly price of $9.

Unfortunately, the Jitterbug J phone for seniors is offered at the same price of $147. We would have liked it to have a more accessible price in the face of the current economic downturn.

That's it for this post on this new Jitterbug phone. Tune in to this blog for the latest news and updates on cell phones for seniors.

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Blogger MsDrPepper said...

HI - curious if the Samsung phones used by Jitterbug have SIM cards we could swap out and use with our existing AT&T family plans? My husband's mom is on our plan and the piece-of-junk replacement we got her when she accidentally washed her LG phone is just not cutting it for her or for us. We're at the mid-way point ourselves and starting to have our own vision issues, and I don't want to deal with Jitterbug's cheaper plan when we already have AT&T's plan. I just don't like the AT&T senior-hostile phones they presently have.

I have the iphone right now, and it's okay enough, but it's not appropriate for my mother-in-law at all - she already has macular degeneration and really needs the larger print like I've seen on a number of Samsung phones.

So anyway, just curious if you had any experience with swapping out the SIM card?


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