Where To Buy Cell Phones for Seniors & What To Look For

Cell Phones For Seniors

Where To Buy Cell Phones for Seniors & What To Look For

It is increasingly important for seniors to be connected with the outside world on their cell phones. Not seniors in high school – in fact they could stand to be less connected than they are. Seniors (the elderly) need to learn how to use cell phones in case of an emergency. Cell phones for seniors also have the convenience of being able to stay connected with people. More and more people are using cell phones to remain connected across the world and seniors, who are often lonely, need not be left out of this.

So what do you need to consider when buying a cell phone for someone older? Let’s take a look:

Cell Phones for Seniors – High or Low Tech

There are two types of cell phones you can reach for when you buy a cell phones for a senior. The first is a high smartphone that will do all kinds of things for your loved one. These are great if you have a senior that wants to do more than just make and receive phone calls. They can do everything from video calls to the grandchildren to monitor medication to watching television on their phones. We recommend a used iPhone for seniors due to the ease of learning Apple's iOS. However Samsung easy mode is also very easy to get use to.

Check out our article on how to get the best deal on a discount smartphone.

The more popular choice, however, is a low tech cell phone. These are cell phones for seniors that allow them to make calls, answer calls and maybe send text messages. Some allow them to take pictures. These phones are easiest because they tend to have bigger number displays, are more durable, and have better options for accessibility. Check out our used flip phones selection if you are thinking about buying one, you can save a ton of money of a brand new one at the store.

What to Look For in a Cell Phone for Seniors

When you are looking for a cell phone for seniors, you might want to take a few things into consideration. Obviously, you know your loved one better than anyone else, so you will know what things he or she needs and what things would be nice, but don’t have to be necessary.

Large Display

Having a larger display will make it easier for your loved one to read texts, dial the phone, and interact with the phone in general. If the phone itself doesn’t have a large display, check to see if you are able to change the size of the font. Most phones have this ability.

Large Buttons

Similarly, to a large display, large buttons will also help your loved one operate the phone. From dialing to texting, it will be easier for them to use the phone when pushing the buttons is made easier. It might also be smarter to go with a phone that has individual buttons instead of a touch screen.

Ease Of Use

The ease of use of a phone is key to actually getting your loved one to use the phone. If a phone is too high tech or too difficult, some older people won’t want to even try to use it.

Loud Earpiece & Speaker

For seniors who can’t hear as well, talking on the phone can be a nightmare. For others, talking might be the problem because they may have a medical condition that makes them speak quietly. Certain phones that are designed for seniors will have a louder earpiece or a speaker so that all calls are clearer and easier to hear.

ICE Button (In Case Of Emergency)

For seniors that go out to do things even though they aren’t in the best health, an ICE (in case of emergency) button can be a life saver. This is a button that will call whomever you set it up to call – perfect for an emergency situation.

Best Used Cell Phones

Where to Buy Cell Phones for Seniors

If you are looking to buy a cell phone for seniors, there are limited options at carrier stores. They to promote the more high tech phones which may not be the best option for seniors to use. Instead of going through a carrier, check out the eCommerce side of Best Used Cell Phones. We have a wide variety of gently used phones that may be the perfect cell phone for your senior make it your ideal online used cell phone store.

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Comments (2)

  • Julie Anderson Reply

    Howdy, I am in the market right now for a easy access phone for my mother and I noticed that you guys have a good selection
    for flip phones. We have always had a Pantech Breeze and after so many years, the phone finally gave out. I liked the easy interface
    for seniors on the phone and saw that there is a new Breeze out in your inventory. Is it better to get one that is upgraded or best to
    stick to one that we have been used to?

    March 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
    • BUCPhones Reply

      Hi Julie, The Breeze line of phones made by Pantech is an awesome choice for seniors. They are easy to use and have the features they need. Also, you can’t go wrong with upgrading to the Pantech Breeze IV. The user face is upgraded and it being a recent edition it will be more supported by AT&T than the older models.

      March 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm

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