Credit card-sized mobile simplified for oldies
Charity Age UK has unveiled a basic Sim-free mobile phone that lets users dial contacts directly with the touch of an oversized button.
The credit card-sized UK My Phone, jointly developed with specialist network operator CyCell, comes with a maximum of eight customised homescreen buttons, simplifying the art of speed-dial.
No need for phone books, complicated email backups or squinting at tiny text on a high-res display, then.
There's little need for Sim-cards either, as this one comes built-in and buyers let Age UK know which numbers they'd like loading when they order. These are then set on the phone's front panel as bold buttons, which activate when pushing the handset's on-off switch, found to the rear.
Customers can have emergency services installed as one of the eight allotted numbers should they wish. The downside: you can't change the numbers or add new ones. Not without a replacement handset that is, at the cost of £40.
Each model comes with its phone number encrusted on the back so that oldies can jog their memory easily. Unlike most smartphones on the market, battery life is rated at a whopping five days.
The handset will cost users £55 alongside various 30-day rolling price-plans. These start at £7.50 a month for 50 minutes' talk time and rise to £15 a month for 500 minutes.
Alternatively customers can get the handset with a six-month bundle - 50 minutes each month - for a one-off fee of £87.50, potentially saving over £2 a month. It is worth noting that any calls made beyond these allocations will be charged at 15p per minute.
J Gilmore (aged 69 3/4)
Because later in life what you really need is a phone that doesn't tax your mind in the slightest so your already decreasing grey matter can carry on dying off with nothing to stimulate it.
I can see the purpose for some people, but elderly people who don't have a disability should be encouraged to keep using their mind and carry on learning throughout life. My father in 75 and uses a normal mobile, laptop, smart TV etc., he is an engineer and so has an enquiring mind which helps.
no I take that back, expensive crap, the most pure profit % I have ever seen(in a phone), the device can't cost much more than £5 even with all the customisation and printing, it must be around £30 profit on the device and £5 profit every month
all aboard the gravy train for cycell, and is Age Uk really that daft?.
My ancient mother and father can use a normal mobile phone, you know the ones that are really cheap simless ones from Tesco, you know the ones with a display and a standby of greater than five days, that can be programmed without buying a new one, and only cost £10 - £12 to replace.
I guess there is a use case for the one above, but the immense profit in it does not become a charity.
Now go and program you old mums phone.