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Advice on senior citizen phones

A senior citizen mobile phone is a straightforward mobile phone suitable primarily for the elderly because of their user-friendliness and extra safety features, like an emergency button. The menu layout is straightforward, and both the buttons and the screen are large and clearly legible. That's why the hearing and visually impaired may also benefit from a senior citizen mobile phone.

Why a senior citizen mobile phone?

Senior citizen phones

All senior citizen mobile phones have the same goal: excelling in user-friendliness. Despite this, they come in various shapes and sizes, with or without a charging dock. There are candybar phones and flip phones. The latter are useful, as their keys are automatically locked when you close them. This prevents accidental pocket dialing. You can also open or close them to pick up or end a call.

Straightforward controls

Senior citizen mobile phone controls

Senior citizen mobile phones excel in their straightforwardness. They're mobile phones without unnecessary bells and whistles, simply meant for calls and texts. You won't find a lot of extra functions, which means the menu stays organized. You can use them with minimal knowledge. Your friends and relatives are just a few clicks away.

Clear screen

Senior Mobile phone screen

displayStraightforward controls go hand in hand with a clearly legible screen. Senior mobile phone displays are as large as possible, and have high contrast. They feature a clearly legible font which can be adjusted in size, so the letters are always recognizable.

Large buttons

Large buttons senior mobile phone

Another thing that benefits both seniors as the visually impaired are large and clearly legible buttons. They're often backlit to make them even clearer. This way, you'll always enter the right number and quickly navigate through the menu.

Emergency button

Senior mobile phone emergency button

The emergency button may be the most important feature of senior citizen phones. You can use it to reach multiple preset contacts in case of emergency. Tip: make sure to test this function beforehand, so you and the contacts know exactly how it works. They'll usually get an SMS, after which they'll be called one by one until someone picks up. We recommend entering mobile phone numbers, as landline phones often can't receive SMS messages.

Clear notifications

Senior mobile phone Doro

Clear notifications are indispensable for a mobile phone for senior citizens and the hearing impaired: a loud ringtone and LED light that flashes in case of incoming calls or messages. This way, you won't miss a single message from your friends and relatives.

Suitable for hearing aids

Senior citizen phones

Senior citizens and hearing impaired with hearing aids can't take having conversations via mobile phone for granted. Things become a lot easier if your phone is compatible with hearing aids. The majority of senior citizen phones support and can be comfortably used with hearing aids, without shrill or whistling sounds.

Charging dock

Senior mobile phone charging dock

A senior citizen mobile phone with a charging dock saves you the frustration of messing around with charging cables. You can give your phone a fixed place to charge, so it's always charged and ready when you leave the house.

Extra functions

Extra functions senior citizen mobile phone

Some senior citizen mobile phones have FM radio. Plug in your headphones or earbuds and listen to your favorite radio station wherever you want. Some senior citizen phones have a camera. The number of megapixels is quite low, but you'll always have nice photos of your loved ones in your pocket. There are also senior citizen smartphones. These phones have a simplified operating system and extra large touch buttons, sometimes combined with physical buttons. You can use them for internet and WhatsApp, for example.

Article by:
Amber Phone Expert.

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