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Old 08-14-2007, 09:35 AM
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Default Best simple phone for a 70 year old?

A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
bought now that fits the bill?

I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new


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Old 08-14-2007, 10:31 AM
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b33k34@gmail.com wrote:
> A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
> but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
> needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
> bought now that fits the bill?
>
> I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new


You may want to look at
http://www.rnid.org.uk/shop/
http://www.rnib.org.uk/
http://www.withandwithoutwires.com/
http://www.ricability.org.uk/
which I found useful when doing a similar exercise

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Old 08-14-2007, 12:28 PM
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b33k34@gmail.com;1195966 Wrote:
> A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
> but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
> needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
> bought now that fits the bill?
>
> I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new


That would be great if they made a rotary cell phone. hehe. But
really, it's hard to fine a phone that is simple and just 'calls'.


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Old 08-14-2007, 12:43 PM
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b33k34@gmail.com wrote:

> A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
> but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
> needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
> bought now that fits the bill?
>
> I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new


You could look at the Mofofone AKA Motorola F3, PAYG for between £15-20
depending on the network it's locked to or (IIRC unlocked) for £26.95 from
http://www.expansys.com/p.aspx?i=139429 , all it does is phone calls, texts
and alarm clock. Keys are a reasonable size and the display is B & W with
large characters

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Old 08-14-2007, 01:06 PM
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On 14 Aug, 13:43, reverse-ekral...@talk21.com.invalid wrote:

> You could look at the Mofofone AKA Motorola F3, PAYG for between 15-20
> depending on the network it's locked to or (IIRC unlocked) for 26.95 fromhttp://www.expansys.com/p.aspx?i=139429, all it does is phone calls, texts
> and alarm clock. Keys are a reasonable size and the display is B & W with
> large characters


have you used one? i thought that would be perfect but the CNET
review concludes:
"While the Motofone should be one of the simplest ever phones to use,
it's actually about as user-friendly as a Rubik's cube. If you only
care about making calls and you have all the numbers you need stored
on your SIM card, then the Motofone's fantastic battery life might
make it worth a purchase. Just don't plan on texting any time soon. Or
adding any new contacts. Or changing any of the settings if you lose
the manual. Or..."

so not so great.


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Old 08-14-2007, 01:06 PM
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<b33k34@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1187084125.434521.228880@o61g2000hsh.googlegr oups.com...
>A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
> but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
> needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
> bought now that fits the bill?
>
> I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new
>


Look at my thread "ASDA phones". They were cheap (9), cheerful and easy to
use Motorola Motophones see: -

http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo/pro...alObjectId=164



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Old 08-14-2007, 01:07 PM
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On 14 Aug, 11:31, Allan Gould <inva...@invalid.invalid> wrote:

> You may want to look athttp://www.rnid.org.uk/shop/http://www.rnib.org.uk/http://www.withandwithoutwires.com/http://www.ricability.org.uk/
> which I found useful when doing a similar exercise


I can't find any mobiles on any of those - am i not looking hard
enough?


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Old 08-14-2007, 01:43 PM
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In news:1187084125.434521.228880@o61g2000hsh.googlegr oups.com,
b33k34@gmail.com <b33k34@gmail.com> wibbled
> A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
> but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
> needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
> bought now that fits the bill?
>
> I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new


Makes you wonder why these


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Old 08-14-2007, 01:44 PM
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In news:1187084125.434521.228880@o61g2000hsh.googlegr oups.com,
b33k34@gmail.com <b33k34@gmail.com> wibbled
> A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
> but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
> needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
> bought now that fits the bill?
>
> I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new



Makes you wonder why these

http://www.jitterbug.com/

have never made it here from the US


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Old 08-14-2007, 03:05 PM
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<b33k34@gmail.com> wrote in message
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On 14 Aug, 13:43, reverse-ekral...@talk21.com.invalid wrote:

> You could look at the Mofofone AKA Motorola F3, PAYG for between 15-20
> depending on the network it's locked to or (IIRC unlocked) for 26.95
> fromhttp://www.expansys.com/p.aspx?i=139429, all it does is phone calls,
> texts
> and alarm clock. Keys are a reasonable size and the display is B & W with
> large characters


have you used one? i thought that would be perfect but the CNET
review concludes:
"While the Motofone should be one of the simplest ever phones to use,
it's actually about as user-friendly as a Rubik's cube. If you only
care about making calls and you have all the numbers you need stored
on your SIM card, then the Motofone's fantastic battery life might
make it worth a purchase. Just don't plan on texting any time soon. Or
adding any new contacts. Or changing any of the settings if you lose
the manual. Or..."

so not so great.

Just downloaded and read the Manual from Motorola's website. I suspect the
above reviewer is stuck in the "if it ain't Nokia it's too hard for me to
understand" mindset. The manual is all of 2 pages long and mainly
pictograms. It looks a piece of p*ss to use, especially if the user is new
to mobiles and has no preconceptions.
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Old 08-14-2007, 03:10 PM
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b33k34@gmail.com wrote:

> On 14 Aug, 13:43, reverse-ekral...@talk21.com.invalid wrote:
>
>> You could look at the Mofofone AKA Motorola F3, PAYG for between £15-20
>> depending on the network it's locked to or (IIRC unlocked) for £26.95
>> fromhttp://www.expansys.com/p.aspx?i=139429, all it does is phone calls,
>> texts and alarm clock. Keys are a reasonable size and the display is B &
>> W with large characters

>
> have you used one? i thought that would be perfect but the CNET
> review concludes:
> "While the Motofone should be one of the simplest ever phones to use,
> it's actually about as user-friendly as a Rubik's cube. If you only
> care about making calls and you have all the numbers you need stored
> on your SIM card, then the Motofone's fantastic battery life might
> make it worth a purchase. Just don't plan on texting any time soon. Or
> adding any new contacts. Or changing any of the settings if you lose
> the manual. Or..."
>
> so not so great.


Yes, I bought one about 9 months ago because all I do is phone & text and I
was fed up with having to put my specs on to read/write texts or pick a
number from the address book. The added advantage is that I can read the
display in bright sunlight.
"as user-friendly as a Rubik's cube" - I have no idea what the author meant,
it only has 6 functions on it's "menu" Texting is straightforward as is
adding contacts to the address book. The comment about battery life is spot
on. Changing settings, well apart from changing the time because the clock
drifts quite badly there is only the ringtone (choose one that it came
with - you can't install your own) and ringer volume. If your're worried
about losing the manual, take a photocopy it's only 2 sides of A4.
I only have 1 criticism, the clock drift.. mine loses about 2 mins every
24-36hrs.

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Old 08-14-2007, 08:08 PM
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In message <1187084125.434521.228880@o61g2000hsh.googlegroups .com>,
b33k34@gmail.com writes
>A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
>but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
>needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
>bought now that fits the bill?
>
>I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new
>

Buy a pre-owned Nokia and buy a new battery for it. My 85-year old dad's
working well with his old NK402 - makes calls, easy to read, excellent
battery life (esp with a 6310i battery).

As an aside, the speakers/ringers etc are available for the older
phones, so a complete refurb is quite easy and they'll last for years.
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Old 08-17-2007, 10:14 AM
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On Tue, 14 Aug 2007 02:35:25 -0700, b33k34@gmail.com wrote:

>A relation is looking for her first mobile. She's fairly tech savvy
>but simplicity and ease of use are obviously paramount. So, phone
>needs to be a reasonable size, big keys, simple menus. What can be
>bought now that fits the bill?
>
>I'd still go for the 6310i as a model but not available new


Nokia 5110 is the obvious choice.
We can supply this for just 14.95

You can call us on 0845 00000 79

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Old 08-17-2007, 02:12 PM
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I bought the Motorola F3 in the end. Seems good so far. Very simple
and very clear display.

The refurb Nokia would possibly have been an even better bet.


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