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Cell phones for seniors that let you choose your calling plan

by on March 31, 2010
in Family and Parenting, News, Phones and Mobile, Phone Accessories, Cell Phones, Seniors :: 10 comments

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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.

SnapFon EzOneYou 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.

SnapFon EzOne flashlightThe 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.

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From Edward Frish on April 16, 2010 :: 8:21 pm

As it turned out the snapfon is a just a raw chinese copy of the Just5 phone that is never being recognized elsewhere in the world… And just5 has a brand of the year effie award.
I’ve got the Just5 phone for my mother because i made a research on them first and when i was assured that this is a reputable brand only then i made a purchase. We need to think further then just $20 savings…


From Lanie P. on May 15, 2010 :: 11:23 am

Of all the cell phones for seniors that are featured here, Just5 phone is what I like the most. This is simply because it is truly competitive—both in features and in price. The $120 price of this phone is all worth it.  Actually, it is not expensive as compared to other cell phones for seniors since it is not offered with a plan, so there’s no contract that will bind the user.

I have heard from the mother of my friend who uses this phone that this phone is totally simple. It has basic functions and the features it presents are all very much substantial to the elderly. So investing on this phone is not a waste. Much more, the phone is recognized for its quality. In fact, it won the EFFIE award for the best brand with new name last 2009.

I have seen how the mother of my friend has been satisfied by this phone, so I believe the elderly will regret nothing if they choose Just5 phone.


Although I agree that the

From Beatrice on September 29, 2010 :: 1:45 am

Although I agree that the Just5 and Jitterbug are nice phones for seniors, they’re a little price. I opted for the simple TracFone T-155G which only costs $15 and is very reliable. It’s a basic phone with large and lighted key pads and so far has been working out great for me!


A great cell phone plan

From Tamara on September 30, 2010 :: 9:51 pm

A great cell phone plan for seniors is with Tracfone. I got my father a Tracfone and love knowing that he has a reliable phone to make calls with incase of an emergency. A full year of service cost him as little as $80 for only get 240 minutes, but that is more then enough more most senior citizens.


I just recently landed on

From Josh Abrams on October 26, 2010 :: 10:44 pm

I just recently landed on the Just5’s website, and it looks like they dropped the price according to these posts and it’s only 89.99 right now! It might be just a sale so hurry up!


I hear a lot about

From Oshira on October 28, 2010 :: 9:24 pm

I hear a lot about Tracfone but to be honest have never ventured to buy one of their cells… till now! They just introduced their senior value cell phone which has all the features I’m looking for, although I’m not a full seniors [57 years old]. But, my vision is horrible so I need the big numbers, both to dial and to see on the screen. This cell phone comes with oversized lighted keys, large text and screen and it’s even hearing aid friendly! [I’m not there yet]. And, at $7 a month I think it’s well worth it. So, I’m going to try it and will probably report back. Stay tuned.  BTW, if anyone else out there tries this phone, let’s compare the experience!


After researching many senior phone

From StanTheMan on November 05, 2010 :: 4:56 pm

After researching many senior phone options I have found that the Snapfon people have the best offering. They have excellent low price plans for seniors and the reviews of their phones on blogs and on Amazon marketplace have been very positive. Since I cant find these phones in stores the “consumer reviews” offered by websites like Amazon are very important in my decision making process. I also like that Snapfon is an AMERICAN company. It seems that the Just5 company is a Russian owned company whose successes are mostly in Europe. As far as the phones being the same, they do not look the same to me. The Just5 phone looks like a child’s toy, the snapfon product seems more sensible in its styling for seniors. Just my thoughts…


Few words about an AMERICAN

From Josh Abrams on November 16, 2010 :: 10:35 pm

Few words about an AMERICAN company by an American ex-employee:
Steer clear of a company called “Snapfon” who also goes by “Visikey, LLC” and maybe even “Crown Marketing” as they are an AWFUL employer. They have been known not to pay employees when they are supposed to, the owner throws temper tantrums right and left, and there’s more foul language being screamed at one other in that place than I’ve ever seen in my life. (I am no prude - as a matter of fact, in my younger days I played in rock bands with cursing, swearing people all the time - but THESE people really take the cake.) Very stressful and anxiety-provoking conditions. I would RUN away if approached by them for employment. Just a heads up!


From Rob on February 28, 2011 :: 12:24 pm

I work with a group of physicians in Gainesville, Georgia.  I know for a fact they have elderly people in their care who would love a phone like this.  Not so much for the plans, but for the big buttons.  I’ve shared this page with a few folks since finding in a couple of weeks ago.  I think it’s a great tool for the elderly.  (The light doesn’t hurt either!)


large button phones

From easiphone on July 04, 2011 :: 12:45 pm

At easi phone we specialise in big button phones for the elderly, we provide big button mobile phones and big button telephones suitable for senior citizens, partially sighted and disabled.


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