It’s not as high compared to younger generations. But a growing number of seniors are embracing mobile tech. A Pew Research Center study found more than three-fourths of the population 65 years and older have a cell phone.
With that in mind, here are some recommended phones, plans and accessories for seniors who want to get the most out of what’s available:
Best phones for seniors
The LG Revere® 3 is perfect for those who prefer the simplicity of a basic flip phone with a few advanced capabilities, such as web browsing. The Revere 3 includes physical keys, making dialing and texting a breeze. For ease of use, its 2.2-inch color LCD screen has a menu with a large font size.
The rugged DuraXV+ by Kycoera is ideal for seniors who enjoy the outdoors. The flip phone meets US military standards for extreme conditions, whether that means working on an outdoor project or whitewater rafting. The DuraXV+ features a 2.4-inch internal display and a 1.08-inch external display, plus a 5-megapixel rear camera.
Seniors interested in trying a smartphone might like the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime™, which is great for beginners. Its “Easy Mode” simplifies the phone’s home screen, increases the size of fonts and icons for improved readability. It also makes the most-often-used features, such as email and camera, easily accessible on its 4.5-inch WVGA screen.
Smart accessories for home and on the go
The Universal Horizontal Pouch is a black leather holder that connects to your belt with a convenient swivel clip, for helping to keep that cell phone handy at all times.
For inside the home, the Nest® Learning Thermostat™ or the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat both include useful features such as automatically regulating the temperature and—with most smartphones—changing the temp while out and about.
Canary Home Security is a plug-in-ready system that monitors everything from break-ins to air quality.
Great options for factoring cost
Family members can add a phone for $20 a month (plus taxes and fees) to Verizon’s plan, which keeps things simple with five data sizes starting at $30 a month (plus taxes and fees) that range from 1 to 18 gigabytes. If you need more data, you can switch sizes any time. All sizes let you share data with your devices and feature unlimited talk and text.
Powerful opportunities for learning
To learn more about the latest in mobile tech, attend a workshop at a Verizon store. Each workshop is led by an expert who will teach the basics about phones, provide personalized instruction and answer questions. Use the online workshop finder tool to find one nearby.