Guide to the Best Cell Phones for Seniors
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Finding a cell phone for you or an elderly family member or friend can be difficult. Cell phones (while extremely helpful) can sometimes get in the way of what you really need from a phone. The ability to communicate! A cell phone that helps seniors stay in touch with their loved ones is extremely important. But you have to make sure you have the right one.
Whether you need a phone with accessibility features, some type of tracking system, or just don’t want any extra apps or features. Optimum lists the best cell phones for seniors, so they’re always able to stay in touch.
Choosing A Simple Cell Phone for Seniors
When deciding what kind of phone to buy for your loved one you'll want to consider a few things. They'll need a phone that has accommodating and accessible features and is user-friendly.
Here are a few features to consider in your phone search:
- Safety capabilities - Cell phones are great resources in keeping users safe and in touch with their loved ones. Certain phones offer tracking so that family members can keep an eye on those with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Phones also come with an emergency button that can call an emergency contact or 911 if someone requires assistance.
- Accessibility features - Some cell phones have small screens and tiny keys, making it difficult for users to work the phone. Phones for seniors have features that make them easier to use. Easy phones for seniors come with the ability to increase the font size and larger buttons to be able to see the phone easier. Voice-to-text features are available to text your loved ones without having to type it out. And phones for hearing impaired seniors have the ability to connect with their hearing aid.
What are the best cell phones for seniors?
To ensure that your next phone fits all of your needs, Optimum Mobile has collected a range of different phones that can match the qualifications you’re looking for.
iPhone SE (sold at Optimum)
If you’re looking for a phone that's senior-friendly and great for technology fans, the iPhone SE is the phone you’re looking for.
Features: They can text in the family group chats and share photos with everyone. The iPhone is small and light, and still has a “home button” for easier use. The phone has adjustable font sizes and a high quality speaker. You can use your voice to type and send text messages. Use the iPhone companion, Siri, to assist with questions, making calls, sending messages, and more.
Cost: The iPhone SE is available for $399.00.
Lively Flip (not sold at Optimum)
Need a flip phone for seniors that puts their health and safety first? The Lively Flip phone is the one for you!
Features: The red star button at the bottom of the keypad allows users who are in danger to receive an emergency response when pressed. You are paired with an Urgent Response Agent who will confirm your location, assess the situation, and give your loved one the help they need. They are available 24/7, so you will receive help any time you need it. The flip phone has a flashlight and magnifier for the hard-to-see text and enlarged keys on your keypad to make it easier to text and call. It is equipped with Amazon Alexa and a powerful speaker so talking and texting are easier than ever.
Cost: The Lively Flip is available for $99.99.
Jitterbug Smart 2 (not sold at Optimum)
Looking for cheap cell phones for seniors? Try the Jitterbug Smart 2.
Features: This phone has no contract or cancellation fees. It comes with a larger, easy-to-read touch screen and a built-in 13.1-megapixel camera. You even have photo sharing capabilities and internet access so every picture with the grandkids can be shared! The phone contains 5Star Urgent Response Service to ensure your safety. The menus are simplified to make navigation easier. There are even “Brain Games” for you to play in your spare time.
Cost: The Jitterbug Smart 2 is available for $74.99.
Alcatel Go Flip 3 (not sold at Optimum)
Looking for a no-frills option for a phone? The Alcatel Go Flip 3 will get the job done! Your parents or grandparents will be able to make calls, text, and take pictures without having to worry about any non-user-friendly features.
Features: There is a small screen on the front of the flip phone so your loved one can see who is calling before they answer. Each phone comes with Google Assistant, so they’ll have no issue making phone calls. It comes with accessibility features such as larger keys and hearing aid compatibility.
Cost: The Alcatel Go Flip 3 is available for $100.00.
Moto G Stylus (sold at Optimum)
Another senior-friendly smartphone to check out is the Moto G Stylus.
Features: This phone has a large screen and adjustable font to see your content clearly. There is a built-in stylus to help control the touch screen, as well as writing memos and notes by hand. There is a powerful speaker and sound quality that peaks around 88 decibels. There are 2 days worth of battery life, so you don’t have to worry about charging your smartphone too often. The phone is also waterproof, so a spill on the table won’t hurt your new phone.
Cost: The Moto G Stylus is available for $229.99.
Optimum's list of cell phones for seniors can help make your search a little bit easier. The truth is that finding cell phones for anyone can be tough! For that reason, Optimum Mobile also has a list of best cell phones for kids. We want to help you ensure that your loved ones are always connected and safe!
Good luck and happy shopping!
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