Cell phones and smart phones
What phone is right for you?
Today Jitterbug owns the message in this market.
Laurie Orlov of Aging in Place tells us - "Great Call's Jitterbug reputation was built around its no-contract, easy-to-use phone. Buy just as many minutes as you will need, no more no less. There is a bit of grousing here and there on the Internet about service issues, but the overall story remains senior-focused and friendly."
Some interesting Cell Phone Options
* Consumer Cellular and particularly the Nokia 6085h, no-contract phone plans along with a phone description that is particularly appropriate for seniors.
* Tracfone and Hop-on.com offer no-contract plans as well, and Hop-on presumably offers a senior phone -- ChitterChatter HOP 1890 -- a GSM offering, although the overall Hop-On website looks like it was designed for twenty-somethings headed out for a night on the town.
* BlackBerry - many seem very happy with the sound quality and the combination of useful functions available in a single device. There is even an application for those seniors who are suffering from vision loss -- expensive, but it will read the text out loud. There are even free applications for BlackBerry -- I noticed one that lights up the screen more effectively than the standard product.
Remember - don't get locked into a contract until you know what you are getting into and research, research research before you make a decision. There are plenty of choices out there!