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BobsYourUncle

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Posted: 12/13/19 07:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the defence of simplicity of the flip phone....

I upgraded to a newer phone about 3 years ago. My iphone 5S was in perfect working order. I gave it away to MIL, 85 at the time. Put a very basic voice only plan on it and and disabled absolutely everything else. No internet, no data, no text, no updating, no apps, no anything other than voice.

We showed her only how to make and recieve phone calls. Period. Phone number was ported over from landline, landline canceled so she could have a phone with her everywhere, including in the bathroom in case she ran into trouble, or in case her car malfunctioned at a grocery store or something.

Well, I'll tell ya, try to get an 85 year old senior to learn how to use an iphone only for phone calls. She eventually got it figured out, but we had to give her lessons many times over.

She's now 88 1/2, still drives, and takes her phone everywhere. It hangs off the handle of her walker wherever she goes.

Simplicity of a flip phone? Yup, makes sense to me! [emoticon]

If you're 85 here and techno savvy, I tip my hat to you! Most are not.


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Posted: 12/13/19 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's a list of providers that operate on Verizon system.

1. Visable
2. Total Wireless
3. Straight Talk
4. Xfinity Mobile
5 Red Pocket Mobile


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T18skyguy wrote:

Here's a list of providers that operate on Verizon system.

1. Visable
2. Total Wireless
3. Straight Talk
4. Xfinity Mobile
5 Red Pocket Mobile


Visable wouldn't connect my Kyocera 4610 flip phone.
I'm still in the fixit business and my flip phone fits in my pocket and it's loud enough for my failing 76 year old ears to hear.

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Posted: 12/13/19 09:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife uses her old Verizon capable Jitterbug flip phone on Tracfone. The phone is very easy to use with large buttons and a good loud speaker. It uses Verizon towers and there is no contract. We just purchased the sim card from Walmart and a three month minute card. The cost comes out to around $6 per month and the minutes not used roll over with no limit on how many can accumulate. She now has around 2400 minutes so she can talk all she wants! [emoticon]

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Posted: 12/13/19 09:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check out Consumer Cellular. I know they have a new flip phone for about $25 bucks and some very cheap plans depending on your needs. You don’t have to have a data plan. I just switched my 93 yo MIL to CC from Verizon. Unfortunately for you they use the AT&T network. But if the move is to save some money, and get a new phone, check it out.

DW and I are moving to Spectrum Mobile that uses the Verizon network, and we expect to save a bunch. My phone is already switched, and so far all is good.


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Jitterbug or Consumer Cellular

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Posted: 12/13/19 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're in our mid 70s. Have a flip phone provided by one of our kids as part of their plan, also have a smart phone provided by the other kid as part of their pln. 99% of the time we use the flip phone. Easy to figure out and remember. Ours is with AT%T. We also still use a landline. Not interetsed in learning how to use anything more complicated.
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Posted: 12/13/19 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hah... Not a phone issue but ... about 15 years ago, my then FIL (in his mid 80’s) had three cars - A mid 60’s Ford Country Squire station wagon, a mid 70’s Jeep 4 door something, and a mid 80’s Chrysler New Yorker. One day he arrives at my house in a recent model Buick Custom, not a very high tech vehicle but more so than anything else he had, and he had kept the other three. A few weeks later he comes back to my house driving the Jeep. I had to ask - “Jimmy why did you not drive the Buick?” To which he responded “I can’t figure out all the buttons and knobs”. Now that I’m in my mid 60’s, I’m starting to both understand and empathize with his plight.

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Tracfone shows two flip phones on their website. The Alcatel runs on ATT and I believe the ZTE flip phone runs on Verizon.


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In Canada flip phones dont even exist,at least I havent seen any in stores.

I wouldnt mind having a FP for its simplicity ease of use with one hand and durability when if acidently droped.

Was thinking about buying one of these flipers when visiting Japan but it wouldnt work on our network here

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