Cell Phones That Are Easy for Seniors

By Kaye Jones

Although they are not generally associated with consumer electronics, senior citizens can reap a range of benefits from owning a cell phone. Whether it's to stay in touch with family and friends or for peace of mind when traveling alone, cell phones can provide an important service. Consequently, many companies are now recognizing the importance of cell phones for senior citizens and are modifying their designs to meet the needs of the senior market.

Jitterbug J

Created by Samsung, the Jitterbug J cell phone is one option for senior citizens. The Jitterbug J has been custom designed to provide the older user with total ease of use. Features include a large keypad with bigger buttons to make dialing and messaging easier; a bright display; a powerful speaker for loud, clear sound; and 300 hours of standby time. For further ease of use, all the Jitterbug's options can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no." Despite these modifications, Samsung have not compromised on technology or style. The Jitterbug J is Bluetooth enabled and comes in a choice of three colors: graphite, white and red.

Snapfon ez One

The Snapfon ez One is another easy-to-use cell phone for senior citizens. For seniors with sight problems, the Snapfon ez One offers a large text display (equivalent to a 28 point font), large keys and a back-lit display. In addition, for seniors who are hard of hearing, this cell phone offers a speaking keypad, vibrating ringer and powerful speaker. The Snapfon ez One also offers its users peace of mind with several safety features. These include an emergency SOS button that can call up to four numbers and a high-intensity LED flashlight. The battery gives users three to five hours of talk time or a standby period of 120 hours.

ClarityLife C900

Another option for senior citizens is the C900 cell phone, designed by ClarityLife. The C900 includes a large, back-lit display screen, large text and bigger buttons to make calling as easy as possible. For seniors who may be hard of hearing, the C900 can amplify sounds up to 20 decibels, is hearing aid compatible and has a vibrating ringer. A flashing visual ringer, where the screen lights up green, can also alert users to an incoming call. The C900 also includes built-in safety features, such as a flashlight and red emergency button that holds contact information for five people. With a 180-minute battery life for talking, the C900 also offers reliability for its user.