Best plan for blind user

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Does Koodo offer any plans that offer voice calls only? My father is blind so he currently has an unlimited Canadian talk and text plan with another provider. His plan specifically excludes data which is great because his visual impairment can cause him to press the wrong buttons at times. Without no data available, we can't get billed if he makes a mistake. He uses a phone with physical buttons with numbers programmed into speed dial because he can't navigate a touch screen display.

My Mom and I recently moved to Koodo and love the service and would like to move him to Koodo as well. It seems that the monthly plans include at least pay per use data which would be problematic in this situation. Are they any other options for him?
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hi Davey,
They do have voice only plan, starting at $30 for 500minutes https://www.koodomobile.com/rate-plansIf you applying for a postpaid plan, data is still accessible, so you might want to disable data option on the phone. As you mentioned, you were afraid of this option so you could also look into prepaid plan https://www.koodomobile.com/prepaid-plans
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Great. I'll do that. Thanks to all for your help.
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What is his talk minutes usage like and with who most of time?
If he is talking to you and/or mother most of time and a lot, then it might be better adding him under you or your mother’s account. (You have unlimited talk under one account). His plan can be $30 talk , 500 min + $2 data block.

If his talk usage is minimal, then prepaid $15 /30days plus talk booster might be better
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Actually, my Mom's plan is under my account, and my Dad's would be as well.  Does that mean calls between the three of us would be unlimited? The majority of the calls would be to both of us with some more to my sister and her son in another province. 500 Canada-wide minutes would be more than enough to cover the calls to both of them.

I just found out that some Alcatel flip phones have a call barring feature named "International except home" that says "outgoing international calls except to your country of subscription are barred". That seems like it would prevent long distance calls to the US since Koodo doesn't have an option to block US calls on monthly plans. If that feature is available on his phone, I really like that idea. I'll check it tomorrow.

I'm in Nova Scotia, and the cheapest BYOD talk plan with 500 minutes that I can see is for $35. I assume the price difference is because of my province. I'm now leaning towards the following:

$35 plan with 500 minutes Canada-wide talk
$2 data block
Internation except home feature on Alcatel phone (if that works for blocking US calls)
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You are right, the cheapest talk plan is $35
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You are right, the cheapest talk plan is $35
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Have you thought to get him an inexpensive smart phone? He could then voice dial those in his contacts list; lessening the chance of mis-dialing a number. For the vision-limited folks I know, quality smart phones have opened the world to them.
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Problem with smart phones in this situation is that accidental touching of the screen can lead to unintentional consequences and difficult recovery for someone without acute vision.

Would strongly recommend an older phone with physical buttons that can be navigated by feel.
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I agree. He uses a flip phone because opening its answers a call and closing it ends a call. He's comfortable with that because he still had his vision when flip phones were common. He's never seen a smart phone, and the concept of touch screens is confusing to him.

The voice activated dialing would be nice, but the simplicity of answering and ending calls with the flip phone is great. I've also programmed the numbers he uses into his speed dial and attached rubber discs to the buttons to help him navigate.

I know others with visual impairments who utilize modern technology to improve their lives, but, unfortunately, my Dad is not willing to new things.

I appreciate the suggestions.