Plenty of phones for seniors
Donna is a retired teacher and grandmother. She has a flip phone she uses for calling friends and family, but she’s been thinking about something with a few extra features like a better camera and the ability to send and receive email.
There are lots of great choices out there for cell phones for seniors. Donna wants something that is simple and hassle-free. She’s used FaceTime before on her daughter’s phone and may want to video chat with her grandchildren.
Let’s see some examples of what Donna’s options might be on a budget, in midrange models and if she wanted to splurge on a phone. Whether or not she choose to step up to a smartphone, Donna has plenty of options.
Alcatel OneTouch Fling
$63 $20 from Ting
Another easy to use flip phone, the OneTouch Fling is a great choice for someone looking to talk and text, and not much else. It’s the only flip phone in the Ting Shop that’s compatible with Ting’s CDMA network.
BLU Joy $29.99 on Amazon
A great basic option in the budget range is the BLU Joy. This phone was made for seniors. The BLU Joy has large buttons, a built in flashlight and an SOS button that connects the caller directly to emergency services.
Considering a smartphone?
While unknown tech might feel difficult to navigate, the truth is, it was made to be useful. See how a smartphone helps Ting customer Anne Elizabeth stay connected on the go. We’ve listed some great options for seniors below.
Samsung J3 (with Easy Mode) $163 from Ting
Easy Mode is a great Samsung feature for a less tech-savvy user. It puts common phone functions front and center and simplifies the smartphone experience. Easy Mode is easy to turn off too, once you’ve learned the ropes.
iPhone SE $399 from Ting (or as low as $17/month with Ting device financing*)
The user-friendly iPhone experience is known for being easy to navigate. You can make it as simple as you like by stripping down apps to the bare essentials: calling, texting, email and browser. It doesn’t get more intuitive than this.
Already have a smartphone?
If you already own an Android smartphone, Wiser is an app that replaces the original Android home screen with an easy to use, straightforward launcher. You’ll have a simplified smartphone experience without having to spend an extra cent. Learn more about Wiser in our app review.
*Monthly payments are based on a 24 month period 0% APR financing from Ting, in partnership with lending partner Affirm. Calculations are based on the advertised purchase price on the date of publication at 0% APR over 24 months. Subject to credit approval. Rates from 0-30% APR for 12-, 18-, and 24-month terms based on creditworthiness. Down payment may be required. Offer is subject to change at any time. Previous purchases are ineligible for offer. For purchases under $100, limited payment options are available. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey-chartered bank, Member FDIC.