I’ve extensively googled this one yet come up with nix.
I’m worried about my parents, who are in their 70’s and 80’s.
They both have/had old 2G clam shell Nokia cell phones, but these phones are beginning to no longer work. One phone has already died so they can no longer call one another, and the remaining one has problems, hence they are forever calling me upon how to stop the problems - which often I can’t do as I can no longer remember the menu items or if I can, am unable to tell them which buttons to press to, for instance, Unmute the phone.
The problem is they are dead against touch screen smart phones. They utterly refuse to use them. They’re afraid they’ll either turn into zombies or they won’t understand the interface.
But what I am searching for is either a smart phone or an app, that will turn the smart phone’s screen into a series of simple blocks: Phone Numbers | Phone | Text | Emergency - with no possibility of screwing it up - idiot proof.
On some forums, people are saying to buy a second hand Android, (but won’t mention the model) and install apps like Wiser or Necta. The iPhone is just too complicated for them. Too expensive and too complex - even if I whittled it down and hid everything into one launcher, leaving only Phone and Messaging, it would be too complex.
The trouble with purchasing an Android and loading an app for seniors onto it, even if it works, they could well reject it. Then I’d be left with an Android to sell on, obviously for less.
What I need is a smart phone that is flat out, perfectly created for seniors, with a kindergarten simple interface which they can look at immediately and is under $500 new.
Anyone know of such a device?
Addit: Needs to be 3G/4G capable, plus LOUD with both ring and voice.