Not everyone wants the smartest of smart phones. Believe it or not, some just want to make or receive a phone call! When it comes to the basics, seniors come into mind. Many seniors want a cell phone plan as a potential lifeline when disaster strikes. Many of those same seniors are “technophobes,” afraid of the latest and greatest technology. This means they simply need a phone that is easy to use and gets the job done without all the bells and whistles.
Cell phone companies have been keen to this market and their requirements. Many have responded with education or design that caters specifically to the senior market.
When shopping for that next senior friendly phone keep these points in mind:
- It’s a communication device: multimedia features aren’t as necessary or important.
- Visuals are important: screen size, text size, resolution, clarity, button size, etc.
- Volume control: easy to hear
In addition to these considerations, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the cell phone plan itself. Unlimited plans and long term contracts are usually unnecessary for the senior market. Having a cell phone plan that fits his/her needs and budget is critical.
We often find that seniors prefer prepaid cell phone plans as they usually only make calls in emergencies or have short conversations with family members. If they happen to catch on, there are plenty of prepaid plans that allow more than the bare minimum.
If you end up getting them a prepaid cell phone, also count on a few “educational,” sessions. Your attention will go a long way to their ultimate happiness. Here is a suggestion of a senior cell phone checklist when considering a cell phone:
- Prepaid Mobile Plans
- Safety and Emergencies
- Everyday Use
It’s amazing what a little bit of attention, education and experience can do for the senior in your life (as it relates to cell phones).