Do you have a parent, grandparent, aging aunt or other relative who is having difficulty navigating the “cellphone scene?” Clark Howard recently was talking about this problem, and mentioned a company that decided to address this problem. I couldn’t remember the name of the product and went to his website. Well, I couldn’t find it there, either, so I searched for “senior cellphone.” And it came up!!
The Jitterbug is a very simple cellphone with larger-than-usual number keys on one of it’s 2 styles and NO keypad at all on it’s other style!! But more on that later. The whole point of Jitterbug is to make cellphones accessible to people – not just elderly – who have difficulty handling the small size and small keypads of the usual cellphone.
I think this bears investigation by anyone who has a family member or friend who might benefit from such a device.
What are the drawbacks? Well, first of all, there is a limit of 50 people on the phone list. Now, for your typical retiree, this might not be a problem, but by the time you add up a bunch of family members and about 8 doctors plus a pharmacy or two, you may be pushing the limits.
Second, the costs can add up. There are only a few plans, they are very simple, and all extras are added on. HOWEVER – for the elderly person who really needs a cellphone – and there are many – this is a very viable option.
So you may want to check out the Jitterbug and see if it will help you, a family member or a friend. We are looking at it for one of our family members. I hope it helps – think it will.