The classic Jitterbug cellphone with big buttons, designed for seniors and users with low vision, now offers a 25-day standby battery life, Facebook photo-sharing capabilities and more connectivity.
The Jitterbug Plus is one of the easiest phones to navigate on the market. Its large “yes” and “no” buttons make in-phone navigation intuitive and direct. Users can connect to a live operator by dialing “0” anytime. Operators are available to answer questions about the cellphone and how to use the different features, even to help program the phone.
Seven in 10 adults older than 65 now own a cellphone. Half of the American 65+ population are online — many times on social networks such as Facebook or Linkedin. GreatCall wanted to make the JitterBug Plus phone for tech-savvy mature Americans.
The Jitterbug Plus uses a Samsung phone body. On the inside, the menu navigation is incredibly easy to navigate with simple up and down arrows.
The settings display is easy to read and shows the remaining battery life, signal strength and approximate minutes used. The Jitterbug Plus is a pay-as-you-go phone, while the phone retails for $99. The monthly service fee is $14.99 and comes with 24/7 unlimited access to on-the-phone health advice from live, registered nurses.
Within the menu tab, there’s a 5Star option. Once “yes” is pressed, it sends an alert to the 5Star responders. We pressed this button while testing the phone and a 5Star emergency operator immediately called back to make sure we were okay. The responder on the phone knew our address in full, thanks to the phone’s enhanced GPS tracking capabilities. As soon as the one-touch emergency button is clicked, responders know where to send the local response agents.
In addition to newer text capabilities, this emergency cellphone now has one-touch photo sharing onto Facebook.
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