Pros Relatively easy to figure out. No unnecessary frills--cameras, mp3 players, extra charges for changing the color of the screen (it can't be changed).
Cons Came without inside power adapter (just the car adapter), then when I was sent one, it was DOA. Battery expires after a couple of days, even with no use. The rate plan soon adds up to the supposedly more expensive plans of premium companies.
Summary I got sucked in because of disillusionment with the Pantech Breeze. The Jitterbug is more to my style--plain and simple--but battery charge has been erratic, to say the least. Also, the rate plans can be deceptive. I basically need the phone for emergency use but found no way to spend less than $30 per month unless you never have emergencies on the week-ends. So I'm currently paying about $10 per 30-second call (my average use of the phone) and need to move to something more sensible.
Pros We found the Jitterbug phone easy to use and to understand. The screen calls for basic Yes and No answers, and the volume is loud enough for one of us with a hearing loss to use comfortably. Button on the front allows easy volume adjustment.
Cons There are no speed dial keys.
Summary We found that we did not need the complicated phones that are on the market. We wanted something that would give us the convenience of having a cell phone, but would be simple enough for us to use without having a degree in IT. We can select different rings so we know which friend or family member is calling. The large fonts are helpful when dialing, and I can go on-line whenever I want to update my phone with Phone Book entries and Calendar events. We also like the extra services, such as the Live Nurse program that allows us to talk to a registered nurse 24 hours per day. The nurse is live- not a recording. We have found Jitterbug to be the perfect service for us. When we tell friends about it, they envy the simplicity of our phones compared to their complicated and unfriendly ones.
Pros Easy to use and to understand. The phone screen has questions with basic YES or NO navigation. The volume is really loud and has an adjustment button on the outside of the phone that allows for easy adjustment mid call.
Cons The contacts in the phone Book only allow for one phone number with each name. If you have multiple numbers (cell, home, work), you have to enter each as a separate entry.
Summary My father refused to use a cell phone. I was frustrated because he would never take it with him. Now he carries his Jitterbug. It was easy enough for him to use and understand. I feel much better knowing he has a phone he can use when he is out and about. I was able to pick separate ringers for me and my brother, so my Dad also knows when it is us calling. He really likes the huge fonts when dialing. I am also able to get on-line to update my Dad?s phone whenever necessary. The free website account called MyJitterbug.com allows me to add Phone Book entries and Calendar events no matter where he is. They update and are in his phone for reference. Finally, the plan includes free services I have not seen anywhere else. With the LiveNurse program, my Dad can call and talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day ? and she is actually a live person, not a recording. I could not imagine a better value for him.
Pros Promising features. Easier navigation. Amplified volume.
Cons Features are harder to manipulate for older people.
Summary I had to get my Dad a mobile phone and the Jitterbug was the first that came to my mind. However, just a week after I bought the unit, my Dad was already complaining about it. He said the phone is not living up to the promised features. I got him a Just5 cell phone the following week and the complaining stopped. No offense to the manufacturers but I would say Just 5 cell phone is best for seniors.
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Summary i was thinking of getting my gpa this phone because he's ruined 4 phones, but he texts once and awhile so it doesn't have an icon for that.i HAVE since gotten the updated version for him, and it DOES get messages plus has main menu
the buttons are smaLL.
go with the samsung knack it is much better then this
Updated on Jan 30, 2012