Mobile Phones For Elderly
List Price: £19.99
Price: [wpramaprice asin=”B00T0DWOEI”]
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The phone comes in an easy to open box, however you will need to obtain a SIM card as there isn’t one enclosed. The device is designed to operate on the earlier 2G networks so 3 isn’t an available choice, however it will work fine with all the virtual networks. I tried it with a Tesco sim card and it accepted this with no issues. Definitely a plus point as it means the user can select their preferred carrier or even go for a cheap deal.
Build quality is OK. The front has nicely finished backlit buttons and the various functions are easily accessed. The phone has a metal surround to absorb knocks. On the rear is a panic/emergency button, however I do think it’s a little too easy to accidentally push. The back panel could also do with maybe a better grade of plastic but then again at this price it’s a minor grumble. Various extras are in there, such as a torch facility and the somewhat odd radio feature that seems to be common in devices of this type. I really can’t see anyone using that.
The only negative I would deduct a star for is the charger, which is a mains type included with the phone. It’s a jack type. I’d really prefer to see a stand of some kind and usage of the standardised micro-USB that all other phones seem to use these days. Definitely a stand of some kind or a docking station, even if it makes it a few pounds extra. Older users certainly would find that much more convenient.
Overall it’s excellently priced and a nicely designed phone, ideal for the elderly or someone with poor sight. Not everyone wants or needs the latest Samsung or IPhone, just the basics.