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Q: Cell Phones ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Cell Phones
Category: Family and Home > Seniors
Asked by: mollygirl-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 01 Apr 2003 22:51 PST
Expires: 01 May 2003 23:51 PDT
Question ID: 184724
I'm looking for an "easy to see" "large number" cell phone for my
mother who is in a nursing home because they keep switching her room
and so we can reach her when she is not in her room.  Any suggestions?
All the ones I've seen are designed very small and difficult for most
elderly or individuals with poor vision.
Subject: Re: Cell Phones
Answered By: nellie_bly-ga on 02 Apr 2003 12:50 PST
Hi mollygirl--

It appears that large number pad cell phones are still on the drawing
board.  In the meantime, a voice-activated phone may provide a
solution. The Motorola V. Series model 60c ( mentioned by
robertskelton in the comments)offers a number of helpful features
including voice-activation and a generally larger size.

Check with cellular providers in your area for information about
voice-activated phones that are compatible with their systems. Speech
impairments and background noise can interfere and they demand a lot
of battery power requiring more frequent charging depending on the
model. A nice side benefit is that you don't have to remember the
numbers - just the names.
Motorola v60

 MobilePAL, available with or without GPS Location technology,  is
hearing aid compatible and has one large, button that connects the
caller with a live trained operator who has a list of contacts you
request by name. With the account password they will dial any phone
surprisingly, the monthly service charge is less than a regular cell
phone. The flat per minute rate is higher than typical cell phone plan
rates but it also includes long distance, roaming, and taxes so there
are no surprises.

Search strategy: cell phone + "large number" "large keypad"
"handicapped" "visually impaired" blind, "special needs"

Nellie Bly
Google Answers Researcher
Subject: Re: Cell Phones
From: robertskelton-ga on 01 Apr 2003 23:04 PST
"There is even a zoom option for individuals who would like to see
large characters when dialing or those who have poor eyesight."
Subject: Re: Cell Phones
From: zukki-ga on 10 Mar 2005 10:38 PST
Here are a couple of sites you may want to lookup:

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