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How To Purchase A Cell Phone For A Senior Citizen

By Jonathon Edwards

For any senior that wants to be autonomous they need to have a cell phone. The desire to live independently isn’t anything new. Nobody wants to give up their autonomy; they feel that it’s like giving up their freedom. I know that there’s no question that I’ll want to be independent as long as humanly possible.

The problem with living on their own is the fact that if an accident happens the senior must have an outlet. When it comes down to it you should make sure that the senior in your life purchase a cell phone or you purchase one for them. The fact of the matter is purchasing a cell phone for a senior is a lot different than if you were purchasing one for a teenager. The reason for this is that both the needs and the requirements are different. The following will talk about how to purchase not just a cell phone, but the right cell phone for the senior in your life.

Thinking about Beneficial Features

Only you will know the senior you’re purchasing for. Everyone else can only make suppositions; however, there are some things that are universal for almost every single senior. For the most part the older generation is more technophobic as they didn’t grow up with anything like this and the cell phone and some other technologies are foreign to them. Yet there are others that are up to the task and want to be able to use things like picture messaging to get photos of the grandchildren. The additional features are going to be for the more non technophobic senior. You’ll be the one to know who fits that mold or if they don’t. More predominately you’ll find that seniors are more technophobic and are going to just want things that have easy options and no frills.

Regardless of if you’re looking for any additional features or not you’ll want to make sure that the cell phone you’re purchasing has large buttons. A simple fact of getting older is the eyesight is always one of the things to go and that’s where the large buttons are going to come into play making sure that the phone buttons can be read clearly.

Hearing and the Dial Tone

If the senior in your life wears hearing aids you’ll need to make sure that the phone that you purchase is hearing aid compatible. This is a special requirement so not all phones are going to have this ability. Even with that being the case though there are a lot of phone carriers that do carry some special phones that’ll accommodate this need.

There is another consideration and that is making the cell phone as real as possible through the use of a dial tone. This will make it as close to a landline experience as possible. Traditionally though you don’t have the dial tone on cell phones though and in order to make sure that some seniors know that the phone is working then you’ll need to find a phone which will offer the dial tone feature.

Prepaid and Other Plan Options

You might want to make a consideration about a prepaid cell phone. This isn’t going to be a phone that will make sure that they are going to have the ability to make a call when and if there is an emergency that comes up. If the senior that’s in your life might want to use this phone a little more often than you should look into possibly either getting them a cheap monthly plan or even better yet seeing if your cell phone company has one of the $10 add-on plans so they can be on your plan. This is something that’s going to save some money on the bill but still provide them an outlet for using the phone to communicate. Almost all carriers have free mobile to mobile so you call them and they can call you and not have to worry about using any minutes. This is also going to allow you to send picture texts to them if they are tech savvy enough to want that. With most prepaid plans you can’t get text or picture text messages. You know your senior better than someone writing an article so only you are the one that can make the best decision on which is the best route to go.

Final Thoughts

More than anything else the phone that you get should be simple enough for them to understand while still having everything that they might want. For almost all seniors you can employ the three simples. Simple for them to use, simple for them to understand and simple for them to contact the authorities should there be a sudden emergency.

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Edwards, Jonathon "How To Purchase A Cell Phone For A Senior Citizen." How To Purchase A Cell Phone For A Senior Citizen. 25 Jun. 2010. 13 Mar 2015 <>.

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