Cell Phones have fallen in price considerably making them a technology that almost ever consumer can afford. Therefore, cell phones are an item that senior citizens should be considering. We will list off some of the reasons why seniors should get one or have a family member purchase one for them.
There are so many different uses for a cell phone today. Just about everyone needs one for:
* Conducting business
* Staying in touch with family and their friends
* Feeling safe and secure
Cell phones have become so dependable and so reliable both in call connection and hardware that it isn’t a bad idea for seniors to drop their hard line and go for a cell phone as their main home phone.
Cell Phone Portability
Even if home bound most of the time, it still makes sense for a senior to have a cell phone with them and to use instead of the hard line. Generally, a hard line phone is tied to one location in the home so making a call requires the senior citizen to have to get up and go to another room to make a call. For many seniors, such is not an easy task. There is nothing more convenient than merely reaching into one’s pocket to phone family and friends.
Many do not make the switch from a land line to a cell phone as their main phone as they have come to assume that a cell phone costs more to operate. This is no longer the situation.
Because seniors with cell phones are making calls at similar times during the day and to a regular group of users, seniors can take advantage of many plans that are offered by the major carriers that will make sure that they are only paying minimum user rates. There are also several companies which offer prepaid plans that have very competitive rates for out going and incoming calls.
If you don’t have a long distance plan at all, a cell phone can often pay for itself within a month or so. One also has the added security that you has a phone on oneself at all times in case of an emergency. Many cell phones have GPS and also have an emergency ‘panic’ button on the back of the phone. These phones are therefore serving two valuable purposes as they allow the senior cell phone users to stay in touch with friends and also assist with emergency alert.
A New Toy for the Old Boy
Although many seniors do not want to be learning about new technology as in one’s golden years there are better things to do with their time. However, many seniors do enjoy the challenge and the stimulation of a new gadget and some useful features. Many cell phones are designed specifically for seniors and feature large buttons and less ‘bells and whistles’.
If they don’t like technology don’t let this dissuade you as there are cell phone options out there that are just as easy, if not easier, than a lot of the landline handsets that are out there.