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Senior Citizens, The Best Cell Phones for Them

By Dwight Anderson

Most of the older generation doesn’t like to use a cell phone. You’ll find that there are some that will use cell phones but a lot of the senior population simply isn’t as open to the new advancements in technology. Keeping that in mind though there are so many benefits to a senior having a cell phone, especially those that are still active and the land line isn’t going to help them when they’re out and an emergency happens.

Most cell phone companies, including yours, are going to offer you multiple options to choose from. With the cell phones constantly changing and evolving and with everything not centralized to a senior market it’s not totally cut and dry on which phone exactly is going to be the best for the senior citizen. Keeping that in your mind when you’re purchasing the cell phone there are some features that you should be looking for with just about any senior.

The ideal phone is one that’s going to have a keypad with big and easy to read numbers. The phones which will offer a larger dialing display are the most ideal. Along with that you need to look for a phone which is going to offer the user to be able to turn the volume up loudly and/or offer a good speakerphone option. If the senior that you’re purchasing for wears hearing aids you’ll want to make sure that you choose a cell phone that is hearing aid compatible.

While you’re keeping the features in thought you’ll want to be sure that the phone is easy for them to be able to use. The phones of today that have all of the applications and the other features aren’t going to fit this mold for the majority of the senior population as most of them don’t want to look at, let alone go near a smart phone. When it comes down to it even the most staunch senior cell phone opponent will appreciate a simple to use cell phone to be able to use if an emergency should happen. Look for the phones that are straightforward for ending, sending and dialing phone calls. Avoid the more advanced phones as they’re likely to be unwanted.

Any cell phone works good for 911 emergencies. Important to note, any cell phone no matter if the phone has service or no service is still mandated to have 911 dialing capability. You’ll also have some that will have some options where you can pay for the calls that you have to make should there be the need to get a hold of someone other than 911 if an emergency or something else of the sort occurs.

For the senior that purely doesn’t or won’t use anything for anything else other than emergency a 911 only cell phone would be a good fit. Any cell phone could fit the mold here. You could preset the speed dial for 911 so they can quickly access it if something happens. Due to national law every cell phone in the United States, even if it currently doesn’t have a service plan, must be able to dial 911. There are some phones that are 911 only but will also allow for pay as you go phone calls if someone else needs to be called in an emergency. This is an expensive option so if they’re going to be using it on any consistent basis it might be better to think about adding them to your existing plan as an add-on phone. When it comes down to it you’re the one that knows the senior you’re purchasing for more than anyone else so keep that in mind and you’re sure to get the best possible cell phone. Finding a cell phone that is simple to use, features that are needed without going overboard with those that they don’t will help to get even the senior that is completely against having a cell phone to appreciate the love and care you put into the thought of getting one for them. You’ll also rest easier knowing that they have an outlet if they need it.

Want to find out more about cell phone plans, then visit Au site on how to choose the best senior cell phone for you or your family’s needs.

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Anderson, Dwight "Senior Citizens, The Best Cell Phones for Them." Senior Citizens, The Best Cell Phones for Them. 5 Jul. 2010. 8 Jun 2015 <>.

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Anderson, D (2010, July 5). Senior Citizens, The Best Cell Phones for Them. Retrieved June 8, 2015, from

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