Help me choose a no-contract dumbphone for my mom.
December 12, 2012 11:47 AM Subscribe
Looking for prepaid phone recommendations for an older person in the US. No smartphone, no texting, just very occasional outgoing voice calls.
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My 80 year-old mom dutifully carries her mobile phone every time she leaves the house – even when she goes out to get the mail – just in case. She never takes incoming calls on it, it's just for outgoing calls in unusual circumstances, like the phone going out or trouble with the car. Or, of course, an emergency. She uses it for maybe 20 minutes a year.
She's currently paying something like $50 a month for a contract and her phone is held together with tape. I'd like to replace it with something more affordable, like a pre-pay or pay-as-you-go phone that's not confusing to an older, technological resistant older person.
Ideal specifications, in order of importance.
- Good reception. She's in a rural area and Verizon and AT&T networks seem to get passable reception there. Others are spotty.
- Long battery life.
- Simple to use.
- And of course an easy to use/affordable pay-as-you-go plan.
- Her vision is fine, so a small screen isn't a problem, but her hands don't work well, so big buttons would be a plus.
It doesn't need internet, texting, GPS, cameras, or anything else added to phones since 2000.