More than 13 million senior citizens in the United States are without cell phones, despite the safety benefits of having the service.
The high cost and multiple fuctions of a mobile phone, doesn't have to be the reason a senior citizen goes without one. Mobile Wireless Sales Consultant at Best Buy Kelley Faulkner says, "If you're looking to go a no-contract route, the Jitterbug is a good way to go."
Faulkner isn't talking about the 1930's dance craze. The Jitterbug is a cell phone, without the hassle of the bells and whistles. He says, "It's got a large screen, big buttons. It's easy to set up and the plans start at $14.99."
The phone starts around one hundred dollars. However, if you're trying to spend less another way to go is the Tracphone. The Tracphone is compatible with most hearing aids and starts at just $14.99.
Consumer Cappie Durden says, "I'm using the Tracphone and it's costing me about twenty dollars every two and a half months." He says having a mobile phone gives him a sense of security.
The Jitterbug, Tracphone and other "senior friendly" cell phones are sold in most electronic department stores.
Durden says, "It gives you a good feeling to know that in the spur of the moment you're in contact with home or some friend that you need to talk with. It's a very handy thing to have."