Cellphones for seniors: Are there any easy-to-use, low-tech cellphones for seniors?

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Are there any easy-to-use, low-tech cellphones for seniors?

Question

My dad has never owned a cellular phone and I want to be able to get a hold of him when he’s out. What do you recommend as a low-tech cellphone that will be easy for him to learn how to use?

Our answer

There are a few cellphone models designed especially for easy use. Below are direct links to some examples, which range in price from $0 to $300 (CDN), depending on the term of your cellphone contract:

  • Doro 824 Phone (at Bell Canada) offers a simple user interface, including large font and loud sound. Depending on the contract term you select, this device can cost anywhere from $0 to $300 (CDN), not including extra fees for ongoing service. Additionally, if you choose to purchase a Doro 824 Phone through Bell Canada and self-identify as having an accessibility need, you may qualify for a bill credit.
  • Maxwest Neo Flip 4G LTE Mobile Phone (at London Drugs) with large numbers and automatic call connection when flipping the phone open makes the device easy for seniors with diverse abilities. It has a simple, functional design and operating system focused on conversations. The phone costs around $80 to $90 (CDN), plus additional setup costs and monthly service fees.
  • Easyfone Prime-A1 GSM 3G Unlocked Senior Flip Mobile Phone is designed to answer calls with a flip, has big buttons for easy dialling, a loud volume for effortless hearing, and a simple, easy to use operating system. The colourful screen shows big fonts and icons for easy viewing. It also comes with M4/T4 Hearing Aid Compatibility(HAC), ideal for customers with hearing aid devices. The phone can be purchased unlocked and is compatible with Rogers (Fido), Telus (Koodo), Bell (Virgin Mobile) or any carrier that operates on these networks. The phone costs around $90 (CDN), plus additional setup costs and monthly service fees.

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