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Are there any smartphone s for seniors


Flip phones are no longer being supported.

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What do you mean flip phones aren't supported? Koodo still sells the Alcatel Onetouch, a flip phone. https://www.koodomobile.com/phones/al... Do you currently have a flip phone that isnt working?
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Old CDMA (no SIM Card) phones no longer work as the network which supported them has been shutdown. I believe Koodo had some deals a while ago to move folks to the new network as painlessly as possible. IF you go to Koodomobile.com, and shoot to shop phones, you'll see what Koodo has for sale, including the one Allan mentioned. There are a number inexpensive 'smart phones' as well if you want to make the change.

By the way, I know folks in their eighties using flagship smartphones, so I'm really unsure what a "Senior's phone" would be.
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Old CDMA (no SIM Card) phones no longer work as the network which supported them has been shutdow...

the thing is - I like to text on the numbers - my flip phone does everything I need it to do and I can text like crazy fast using the buttons/numbers - I do not want to have to change to a touch screen - help - does Koodo support any other phones than those they sell?

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David wrote:

Old CDMA (no SIM Card) phones no longer work as the network which supported them has been shutdow...

They support all the phone that support SIM cards so you can bring your own phone.
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David wrote:

Old CDMA (no SIM Card) phones no longer work as the network which supported them has been shutdow...

Koodo has two flip phones listed for sale on their web page.
Hi. My mother is 94. At this time in her life learning new technologies is very challenging. She started carrying a flip phone about 5years ago. She was initially using a doro easy phone until it was discontinued. It was really simple. Now she needs a very simple smart phone. She can afford to buy a smartphone. The only simpler one I found so far is on the bell network. I wondered if there was anything else that I did not see on the Koodo phones tab
When my mom was in her eighties she could have more easily learned to use a smartphone but at that time she didn't need one. Now she wants her phone to resemble her old land line. Touch screen is challenging (fumbly fingers) and remembering how to move between icons will not be as automatic as it is for younger people. I consider her a senior at 94!
Perhaps I don't understand something about the flip phones. Are you saying that the Alcatel phone has a SIM card and therefore will continue to be supported? I presumed it was one of the phones that would be shut down by June 2017
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lena chizen wrote:

Perhaps I don't understand something about the flip phones. Are you saying that the Alcatel phone...

The first is correct, since it has a sim card it will continue to be supported 🙂
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My Mom is a junior compared to yours, she just turned 80. She never wanted to upgrade her flip phone either. Last week I gave her the Samsung Neo and set it to easy mode. Large buttons, one screen dedicated to phone numbers. She couldn't get over it how much EASIER it is now to operate the phone and make calls. She sees a picture of the ones she calls most frequently, just a push with her finger and the call gets connected. Turned out she was just scared of a "smart* phone thinking she had to be the smart one... Now she loves it and I don't think she'll ever turn back. Just a thought!
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Sophia wrote:

My Mom is a junior compared to yours, she just turned 80. She never wanted to upgrade her flip ph...

[b]I think regardless of the age there is something in human nature what we call [b]fear[b] of change. For some people especially elderly ones it is a double challenge. Even there is a saying:   " You cannot teach old dog a new trick" with my respect for old people. Your mother is an example that you can so for me she is a hero. 
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There are also launchers available for Android phones which provide a simple, configurable interface for those who have difficulty with more complex interfaces. This may also be an option for your mother.
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Yeah, if you want to be 24/7 tech support for the parent 😉
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Ivan, is there ongoing management of such launchers once initially set up?
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No, but the people using it will find a way to change a setting somewhere and them claim that "it just happened". Now, if there's a way to lock them out of system settings and only allow for things like volume, display brightness, and the like, we'd be set!

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