Today's smartphones are not made for techphobic seniors. Until now, the only low-tech cell alternative has been Jitterbug, a fine solution but one that requires a special calling plan.
You now have two more simple big button choices: the SnapFon ezOne ($100) and Just5 ($120). Both are unlocked GSM phones, which means seniors can opt for AT&T, T-Mobile or another GSM carrier, including prepaid or month-by-month plans.
The design of the two phones is identical. Both are small and light, have a one-button emergency quick-dial on the back and a built-in LED flashlight. The SnapFon also includes an FM-tuner. To justify the $20 permium, the Just5 comes in a variety of colors.