Is There a Cell Phone Specifically Tailored for Use by Senior Citizens?


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The Jitterbug5 is designed for use by senior citizens. The GreatCall Touch 3 has many similar features, which make it adapted for seniors to use.

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Is There a Cell Phone Specifically Tailored for Use by Senior Citizens?
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The Jitterbug5 is a simple flip cell phone with large buttons and display. It was designed to be straightforward to use, without multiple menus or apps. The screen uses large lettering and color to make it accessible for people with vision problems. The phone is hearing aid compatible and allows for high volume settings to accommodate users with difficulty hearing.

The GreatCall Touch3 by Samsung is a smart phone with a simplified menu and a large on-screen keyboard. It is compatible with hearing aids for the hearing impaired. It also comes pre-loaded with applications to manage health issues. These include a medication application to track prescriptions and ensure proper use, and emergency applications to connect users to nurses or emergency responders.

Cell phone providers like GreatCall provide service plans for senior citizens. They do not utilize long-term contracts, and they include connection with emergency networks. As of February 2015, Verizon provides a plan targeted at seniors, with data and texting components that reflect the typical senior's lower use of these features. Consumer Cellular also targets seniors with a discount for A.A.R.P. members.

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