Best phone for senior citizen

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Hello, a senior citizen needs a phone. I recommended her to use Koodo services. What phone do you recommend? She does not know how to use the internet nor wants to use it. She also does not know how to type. She just needs a basic phone for calling/receiving in case of emergency. Shall I get the phone from Koodo, Best Buy or other stores?
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I would not go with Koodo for an emergency phone, to be honest. I'd probably give her Telus prepaid, or 7-11 Speakout. Especially Speakout is good for emergency, because you only need to top up $25 to keep the service alive for a whole year. Unless she plans to call a lot, Koodo is probably overkill :)
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The phones are very basic too, especially the $29 one. No Internet, no screen, no nonsense. Just perfect for a senior :)

http://www.speakout7eleven.ca/prepaid-cellphones
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Let's say she may make or receive no more than 10 calls/month. By emergency, I also mean calling relative when she gets lost in the mall. Sorry for the confusion.
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Well you'd probably have to calculate what is more convenient, of course with a Koodo plan she'd have unlimited calling after 5 and in the weekends, plus 100 minutes (which I believe is the lowest plan option).

There is also Koodo prepaid, which has a base plan of $15 plus $0.05 per call. If she only calls 10 minutes a month or so, Telus prepaid is probably the best option. Not putting Koodo down :) I love 'm to bits... but cost comes first right? :)
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Then Telus $10 per month plan might be a good option. Just top up with some extra cash so if she uses all her minutes in a month, there is some cash for overage.
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Don't forget to put a plan in place so the phone is kept charged, the senior is comfortable using it, and will answer when YOU are the one worried about it being the emergency situation.
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Thanks. Hope the Telus $10 per month does not require a contract. Besides the plan, I need to get a phone for her. I asked Koodo yesterday. They said that she needs to sign up for two years to get a free phone and if she quits before the end of the 2nd year, she needs to pay the rest. Since she does not type, I guess getting a smart phone would be over killed.
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There are no $0 phones on prepaid, she will need to buy a phone to use the service. If she wants a subsidized phone, then she would need to choose a post-paid plan, and pay off the subsidy over 24 months.
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In case she will probably use the phone to make/receive calls 0-3 minutes per month, what plan do you recommend? She does not know how to type messages nor use the internet. I can give her my old Galaxy Note 2 (sim lock free) if needed. In some countries, one could buy a card with, say $10 values, and use it until the credits are out. Is there such thing in Ontario?
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Nonsense, it depends on where you are. Rogers is excellent where we live.
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Where I live (SW Ontario), Rogers/Fido is VERY sketchy in the majority of the area.  There is 0 coverage in the city I live in, and I get full coverage with Koodo
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How is the reception in Toronto area?
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You can see Koodo's coverage map for Toronto. Speakout wireless will have a similar map on their page
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SpeakOut uses the Rogers network so the coverage will be identical with Rogers - pretty good in most areas.
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This SIM card will work in phones that take a mini or micro SIM. They also sell a 3-in-1 card that will work in phones that take a nano SIM. 

They have a promotion on until the end of the year. If you buy and activate $100 worth of airtime credit, you get a 25% bonus, and $30 off one of their phones.
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Just to double check. What is airtime. If she puts the card to Galaxy Note 2, will it require internet access to receive or make phone calls? Looks like $10 is for the card only. She needs to top up to use 365 days.

I think Koodo has a boxing week sales for 50% off prepaid for a few months.
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SpeakOut does not require Internet access to make or receive calls. You just need to buy a top-up voucher at 7-Eleven (or online). They deduct $1.25 per month for 911 access. You would only need data if you want to send or receive picture messages (MMS).
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Looks like pre-paid is most likely the best option. Galaxy Note 2 is a huge phone, you sure that's the best handset option? I've seen the "Doro 824 SmartEasy" online and that one is optimized for seniors. If you want to acquire the phone from Koodo, try picking up a Moto G4 Play, an LG K4, a Galaxy J1 or any $100-150 phone. Many phone repair shops sell carrier-unlocked $100 phones that will give you 3G (will work with Koodo). If usage is extremely low, I think SpeakOut 711 and Bell have the smallest top-ups to keep the account alive for 12 months. I haven't used pre-paid service for years, so it'd be best to shop around and run the scenario through various pre-paid providers. I know that activating a pre-paid number with Telus requires going on a pre-paid plan when you top up (same with Chatr).
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I have a spare Galaxy Note 2 to give her.
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If Speakout requires an internet. connection to make and receive phone calls, it may not be good.
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If the user doesn't talk a lot, having Speakout may be the best option because you pay only airtime and the airtime voucher is always valid for 365 days no matter what amount you add. Currently, if you buy $100 airtime, you will get $125 airtime. Suggest to check http://www.speakout7eleven.ca/ to find out more on the phone and the plan. There is no contract and you can terminate at any time. Hope it helps.

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