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Best modern flip phone for seniors?

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Best modern flip phone for seniors?

Looking for a simple dumb phone for an 85 year-old.

They already use a computer for checking their email and reading the news. They won't be texting or using the internet on their phone.

Is there a consensus #1 phone for seniors?
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if they are using a computer for checking emails and reading the news...it maybe time to get smart phone lol....
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Stn wrote: Looking for a simple dumb phone for an 85 year-old.

They already use a computer for checking their email and reading the news. They won't be texting or using the internet on their phone.

Is there a consensus #1 phone for seniors?
https://www.zoomerwireless.ca/devices/phones/186

only $18/month
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Most elderly know how to use an iPhone nowadays.
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Doro phone easy - made for seniors
Large buttons
Large characters on display
Extra loudness
Hearing aid compatible
Panic button
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l69norm wrote: Doro phone easy - made for seniors
Large buttons
Large characters on display
Extra loudness
Hearing aid compatible
Panic button
this is old link. But old people are creatures of habit. and problems like hearing, eyesight and effing stubbornness. If they are used to smartphone it will be difficult to switch.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue ... 4582536cce

and this

https://www.lifewire.com/best-cell-phon ... ns-4125595
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I might add that a smartphone isn't a great idea for dementia due to the fact that they are vulnerable to 'others' helping them with their phones and possibly stealing their passwords/data etc. Better that they use a computer in a locked house, vs a smartphone out and about.
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doro is a good phone for seniors as has large buttons,hearing aid compatible and has a panic button mode...check out ebay or check out Visions as they sell cheap flip phones from time to time

https://www.ebay.ca/sch/i.html?_from=R4 ... 5573.m1684

get a speakout sim($10) for phone at the 7/11 load $25 dollars which will last a year...monitor the account to see how often being used and load up more as required if senior is using phone more than expected ...no plan required.Good to have for emergency phone

If senior using phone often then consider a monthly plan such as with Petro Can for 100 minutes of calling a month and unlimited texting (the senior may not use the texting) but $15 per month for 100 minutes of calling is good
https://mobility.petro-canada.ca/special-offers.aspx
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The Alcatel flip phone from PC Mobile looks like a simple one.

My wife used one of these flip phones before and I never had to provide user support. After I got her a smartphone user support is now frequently required (and she is no where near 85 Winking Face).
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Hi,

Get a flip phone from Amazon, get 1 with a secondary display. So they won't have to open the phone to see who is calling.
https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=flip+phones+u ... b_ss_i_4_5
I still like the Speakout 365 day expiry plan over the Petro-Canada monthly plan. Usually twice a year, get $25 bonus with $100 air time purchase. Speakout minutes are Canada wide. You can buy airtime vouchers from any 7/11 store, load the voucher on-line or with the phone. Or you can set the plan to automatically reload every month like a monthly plan, but the unused minutes won't expire like a normal monthly plan. Cons are $1.25/month 9-1-1 service charge & no roaming in the U.S.A.
https://www.speakout7eleven.ca/plans/

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