Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tracfone SVC: Senior Value Cell Phone

I found another good cell phone for senior via YouTube. I recently watched a video ad for the Tracfone SVC or Senior Value Cell Phone. This is the regional carrier's special offering for senior citizens.

After a bit of digging up, I found out the Tracfone SVC is actually the Samsung T155G.

The Samsung T155G is a simple flip phone that provides features that can be useful for elderly consumers.

For instance, this mobile phone for seniors offer an easy menu navigation and all the users need to do is answer yes or no to get exactly where they want to go.

The Samsung T155G also offers large text and display which are senior-friendly. This Tracfone SVC or Senior Value Cell Phone is also hearing aid compatible ( M3/T3) and prove 911 emergency location assistance.

This senior friendly phone is available for $14.99 with a nationwide service plan for only $7 per month.

Here are the rest f the features for the Samsung T155G
  • text messaging, voice mail, free caller ID, free call waiting
  • hands-free speaker
  • auto redial
  • vibration alert
  • phone Book with up to 200 entries
  • 10 polyphonic ringtones, alarm Clock,
  • Charger and services guide included
  • Lightweight - 2.86 ounces.
  • Battery life with up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 14.5 days of standby time
  • Included accessories: battery, wall AC adapter, SIM card and services guide
And here's the video ad:

That's it for this post. Tune in next week for more mobile phone for seniors and other topics.

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Blogger Unknown said...

This is a winning deal for oldies. And yeah, I'm one of 'em! Big buttons, large text and great sound quality makes all the difference in this inexpensive little phone. And the $7 a month rate can't be beat, that's for sure.

I have been using Tracfone for years and found their service to be reliable, affordable and easy to use.

September 22, 2010 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My mom got this phone for my granparents, it's great and very affordable. The phone, a Samsung, was only $15 and you can buy tracphone airtime cards, it means no contracts, no surprise hidden charges in the bills. It's great for seniors because it has a big keypad with light and the numbers on the screen are huge.

September 24, 2010 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Lynda O said...

Does this phone have large, tactile buttons, that could be used by someone who is blind?

I'm looking for a cell-phone for a family member who is completely blind. He doesn't need the advanced features of visual display, but something where he can at least feel the buttons and answer and send out phone calls.

September 27, 2010 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Janaica said...

Just got the SVC. Love it, though I bought the $19.99 minute package because although I don't use a lot of minutes I need more than $7 worth. The other thing I like about this senior Tracfone is that international calls are the same price as calling my neighbor across the street. And don't let anybody fool you. The reception on this phone is great.

September 27, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great phone at an incredible price. My grandfather has this phone. Since his eyesight is not the best, the big, lighted key pad really comes in handy. I like being able to reach him everywhere now instead of having to wait for hiim to get home!

September 28, 2010 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Troyman said...

LOL please don't let my father find out that the phone is dedicated for old timers. He knows he's got a Samsung T155G. Not a SVC. But dedicated aside. It's a good phone for anybody not expecting the world from a phone.
Even though my father frowns on all technology, if anything with what can be construed as distrust. He's used the phone on numerous occasions since I got it for him.
"It's simple enough", he'll sort of wave it off. But my mom says, he actually doesn't want to be gotten hold of.

October 8, 2010 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is indeed a great phone for seniors. My mom bought one for grandma and she doesn't leave home without it. Even heard her say that if she knew carrying around a cell phone would make life much easier, she would have gotten one herself a long time ago!

October 16, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

With the holiday season quickly approaching, this is going to be a great gift for my parents. They complain all the time about their current phone not being user friendly. I can go to Kmart, buy the phone for under $20 and get them an entire year of service without breaking the bank. The phone, SamsungT155G, has easy menu navigation, large text, and my favorite feature, 911 emergency location assistance. No contract required and it uses the AT&T provider network so great coverage. I believe that no senior should be without one.

November 4, 2010 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My step-dad passed away a couple of years ago, and my mom refused to move in with any of us. She is still very independent and actually leads rather a busy life! We had her on a contract phone to ensure we could be reached easily, and to keep her connected with her friends and support group. The monthly payments have just been getting worse though, and the bill can really be confusing, so when her contract came to an end recently, we switched her to Tracfone's SVC plan. The phone really works so much better for her and she actually uses it far more than her old one, purely because it is so much more user friendly. Bigger text display also helps. The phones clarity is good and while she doesn't yet need it, is hearing aid compatible. As mentioned here, the 911 location assistance brings a certain degree of "peace of mind". And the surprise here is that it only cost $15.
Couple this with Tracfone's great coverage, set rates for all calls-national and international and no contract or bill and you have a winner. Monthly cost...$7 (though we buy her a airtime card for more as she calls more often and we don't want to discourage her from remaining actively involved in life). For anyone looking to make a loved ones life that little bit simpler, I would really recommend this phone and plan.

November 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think it is so great that Tracfone are making custom packages for seniors. I think much of the technology around today is intimidating and unaccessible to them and designs of the latest phones don't take into account fading eyesight and little understanding of operating systems and computers. And yet it is so wonderful to know that your older family members are reachable anytime. Thanks Tracfone!

November 18, 2010 at 3:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is really a good idea for the holidays. Before I moved away from my grandparents I was able to be in contact with them enough to know where they were and if they were safe. Now being a thousand miles away... its scary when they dont answer their home phones and to think of them driving. They never wanted to get a cellphone because of the price.. but this seems like an unbelievable deal. After everything people are saying I am going to check it out today.

November 25, 2010 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My Grandmother is nearly 90 and stays on her own, though in a retirement village. My mom had this notion of getting her a cell phone and was looking at various options, which, in my opinion, were not really appropriate for a lady who will probably rarely use a cell phone. I used to be with Tracfone when my usage was still low, so knew that they offered one of the lowest monthly payment options, as well as reliable coverage. I found out that this was the phone for the senior plan, and to be honest, I wasn't too concerned with what the phone had to offer, as long as it was easy for her to answer a call and read the number she dialed. It did help that the phone's menu is easy to use and the font seems to be programmed to a large size, so she can read the numbers/names.
The phone only cost me $15 and it costs me $7/month ($20/3mnths) to know I can contact her whenever I want to. I don't think she has ever made a call, though she knows how to, but as mentioned, this was about a low monthly payment for us to be able to reach her.
Tracfone seems to be one of the few companies that actually makes provision for those who ONLY use a phone occasionally. SVC has my vote of confidence.

December 15, 2010 at 1:49 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I got my mom one of these phones to wear in a pouch around her neck. She is now 87 and still going strong but tends to lose her balance a lot fo the time. Having the phone around her neck makes me feel at ease as I know that should she fall all she needs to do is call me and I can be at her place in minutes. Something that has been really considerate is that the keyboard is nice and big which makes it easier for her to operate

December 18, 2010 at 3:08 AM  
Blogger papinomontelli said...

This will make a really cool gift for my grandpa for Xmas. I have been telling him for ages that he must get connected and now is my opportunity to purchase the samsung T155 and I know that he can afford the $7 a month. I think that there is going to be one happy grandpa out there this xmas

December 21, 2010 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh for sure.i'm glad people are finding out about these phones. It has been really great for my family with our resistant elders trying not to use any type of technology. They seem to really like the phones and understand them. Thats a fantastic thing for me.

January 2, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger brezne said...

I cannot believe that the T155 only costs $15 and then there is a connection fee of just $7 a month. This surely sounds like something that I must look into for my parents. It all sounds so simple and my parents get so frustrated with their contract phone - it is far too complicated for them. Definite goal for January is to get a Tracfone SVC for my folks

January 10, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger brezne said...

I bought this Samsung flip phone as a stocking filler for my grand dad. It only cost me $15 plus the activation fee of $7. Hereafter he has to pay $7 a month to stay activated and I reckon that this is not going to burn a hole in his pocket

January 21, 2011 at 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dad is complaining about the visibility on his current cell phone. I know he'd be kind of hesitant to try out a Senior dedicated cell phone service, but the price point and service record seem really too good to pass up. I have the same questions as Linda O though. I see the large text display, but what about the buttons. I guess I will have to do a bit more research on the phone, but this deal just seems too good to pass up. I'm glad that there seems to be a big shift in phones for the elderly. It will really put my mind at ease once they get this.

January 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was sketpical but when I saw it was fron Tackphone I said YEAH and got one for my Pos for Christmas and he loves it. Never had a celly befoe and its a great way to kepp in touch and not spend too much.

February 6, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You know, even with its big keys and large text, I think a major winning point for this phone is that it is just basic and easy. My grandparents don't want all the fancy stuff that cell phones come with these days. They just want us to be able to call them. SVC seems to have understood this exact point!

February 16, 2011 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

my name is ed savell and i am looking for a phone for the visually impaired. i would like to know the price for minutes. thank you, ed...my email is edsavell@yahoo.com thankyou for your help...

February 17, 2011 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i am still trying to get some information, but the number i called said i needed a code.... thanks edsavell@gmail.com

February 17, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger tomspeckle said...

Under $15 for a phone really is amazing. Tracfone really has made provision for seniors in a very special way with this deal. SVC phones are specifically designed fro seniors with their large keys and hearing aid compatibility (but even if you don't need either of those features it is a great simple little phone). It is super cheap and you can spend as little as $20 over 3 months of you hardly call and more need to be reached at any time than actually make calls. The emergency call benefit of having a cell phone is also hugely important when you get older..

February 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger saddy said...

Can't say enough of this phone the Tracfone SVC! Security is a big thing when you have active senior loved ones.So true how in life you become a parent and the parents your children as they age and you worry more about them. With the SVC senior Tracfone you get some peace of mind. They use the top providers nationwide as carriers,so you always have a good signal,you are always connected.And safety.Big issue,they have 911 tracking in case of emergencies. Give them a try,you will not be sorry!

February 25, 2011 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I've heard so many good reports about this SVC plan, but need a question answered first. Do you need to be a certain age to use this plan? My cousin is mentally handicapped, but still quite functional in many ways. We are trying to increase her responsibility and rehabilitate her to some degree, and so a phone that has easy menu navigation and 911 assistance would be so welcome. We also don't want to be tied to a contract or have open end minutes for obvious reasons! This SVC plan sounded like it met all the above requirements and I just wondered if there were restrictions on age. Thank you for all the info so far!

February 28, 2011 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

I've been looking all over for this SVC Samsung T155G and eventually found it at K-Mart, but apparently you can also buy it at Meijer, Shopko and Pamida (mid west). I read that this is the cheapest phone for seniors on the market at the moment as are the Tracfone plans providing you stick to low usage.
Upon buying the phone just make sure to buy the 'double the minutes for the life of the phone' plan for $19.99 so that you get double the value for your money.

February 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

YouTube really is the best place to check out phone functionality and do some 'deal research'. this SVC phone looks perfect for my grandparents and i could just show them this littel YouTube add to give them a snap shot of all the vitail info!

March 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Anyone have experience using a hearing aid with T155G? I really like what tracfone is doing here. Good features and a good prize. Just wish there were some instructions on how the hearing aid setup works and also if someone have experience using it.

March 31, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really skeptical when it comes to the whole prepaid cell phone bit, especially when it's about purchasing one for my grandparents. I have two questions about SVC that i hope one of you could answer. How great is the coverage? I mean, my grandparents live in the middle of nowhere. And does the deal include text messaging? or only calls?

June 30, 2011 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger yobry1 said...

sounds great but, EVERYBODY keeps saying it's only $7 pr month but NO ONE says HOW MANY MINUTES the $7 per month includes. WE CAN"T READ YOUR MINDS PEOPLE, and there is no info on the SVC site stating how many minutes are included. So speak up. I'm not wasting my money on it if it only includes 20-30 minutes for that $7.

July 7, 2011 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger yobry1 said...

You ALL keep saying it's only $7 per month but NO ONE mentions how many minutes are included in the $7 pr month deal. SPEAK UP PEOPLE or don't brag about it. I'm not wasting my money if it only gets 20-25 minutes for that $7 and there is no info on the SVC website stating how many minutes are included.

July 7, 2011 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger HappyDays said...

@yobri1 The minute value comes from buying the standard tracfone airtime cards, so the $20/3 month service, is where the $7 comes from. My mom's SVC phone came with double minutes for life, so the 60 minutes($20 card) equated to 120 minutes, divide by 3, is 40 minutes per month. What I decided after a couple of months though, was to rather get her a year's service, for $100, giving her 800 minutes, working out to just over $8 for 66 minutes/month. And we don't have to recharge every 3 months now. You won't find any of the other senior designed phones allowing you to spend so little monthly for enough minutes for the your average senior user, who doesn't call a lot.

July 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Unvar said...

Yes, it's actually less than $7 a month. It's $6.33 a month since it's based on $20 for 3 months. Is that clear?

But really, you can buy more minutes when you need to which is the great thing about using a orepaid cell phone. That's a good value plus the coverage and signal is quite good too.

August 21, 2011 at 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had a TracFone for myself and once I heard that they made cell phone specifically for seniors (Senior Value Cell) I was so happy because I am thinking of giving my parents one. I heard that it has 911 locator but does SVC have hearing aid compatibility?

November 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got my grandfather the SVC ( cause the price is so right!) and I love how much he calls me now that he likes to use his cell phone. Used to hate the things and now he doesn’t fear them so we can communicate!

November 30, 2011 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger gesowan said...

The SVC from Tracfone is hearing aid compatible and because of that my dad is now able to use a phone. On other phones even if he turns the volume up, it still isn't loud enough for him but this phone has changed his life. Highly recommended

March 22, 2012 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger delle said...

Maybe someone could help? Does the double minute card also work on the Senior Value Cellphone plan? If it does then I think that it is well worth getting the card.

May 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger papinomontelli said...

I purchase the $20 card for 90days of service and then 60 minutes free. I got 120minutes with the double minutes card that I use. I heard that there is a triple minute card that is out - does anyone have details as to whether it is worth it

May 18, 2012 at 7:55 AM  

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