Shopping for Senior Friendly Smartphones
A growing number of older Americans are embracing mobile devices, and particularly smartphones to stay connected to the world around them. We use our smartphones for a number of activities such as banking, social media, emailing and more. There are several factors to consider when you are in the market for a smartphone such as the right service plan, phone features and mobile apps, as well as your privacy and security.
Check out CTIA's resource guides to help you determine what to look for in a smartphone.
Choosing the Right Smartphone
Choosing the Right Service Plan
Top Types of Mobile Applications
Checklist for Securing Your Mobile Privacy
Senior's Guide to Wireless Phones
Wireless manufacturers and service providers know senior citizens have special needs too. Not only can cell phones help seniors who are hard of hearing or have low vision, but some wireless manufacturers and service providers now offer "senior-friendly" services and phones.
Looking for a plan and a new phone? Use these tools to get started:
Click "Guides & How To" for tips to point you in the right direction
Click "Phones" to search and compare phones listed in GARI
Click "Carriers & Services" to compare service plans
Finding Phones and Service
When looking for a new wireless device, think about how you'll use your phone. You may not need special applications like text, email or Internet access, but what about a phone with large buttons, bigger displays, oversized numbers, basic features or Hearing Aid Compatibility? An in-store customer service representative can show you these features and set them up for you.
Consider some services available specifically for seniors. Click on the links below:
AT&T Senior Nation Plan
Great Call (Formerly Jitterbug)
Sprint Active Senior ID Pack
Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus
Also, if you are a member, check out these sites for cell phone discounts:
Using Cell Phones
Do you have a cell phone but need help? Take your phone to your wireless carrier to help you set it for your specific needs.
OASIS also offers a 20-minute one-on-one coaching session to teach you how to make your cell phone work for you. Find an OASIS Cell Phone Class by clicking here.