Simple Cell Phones For Senior Citizens

The hottest new cell phones are designed with young people in mind and are just not made for everyone.  Some of us are looking for a basic cell phone that doesn’t have all the extra bells and whistles.  We don’t need every latest feature, and we don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for those features that we will never even use.  All we want is a simple, easy to use cell phone that works just like a normal phone — only portable.

There are several brands that are geared towards senior citizens and users who prefer a basic phone with larger buttons and larger screen type.  The most widely known brand aimed at senior citizens is Jitterbug.   Just5, Samsung, and Pantech are also amongst the manufactures of cell phones for seniors.  After looking at several simple cell phones geared at senior citizens, the Jitterbug Plus, Jitterbug J, and Just5 J509 stand out.


Jitterbug Plus


  • Even more powerful speaker than Jitterbug J
  • Improved intuitive “yes” or “no” user interface
  • Longest battery life
  • Excellent call quality
  • Large, elevated keypad
  • Dial 0 for operator
  • Optional Voicemail
  • Basic Text Messaging
  • 30 day return policy
  • CallerID enabled
  • Medication reminders ($10/month)
  • Live Nurse ($4/month)

The Jitterbug Plus is the editor’s choice best basic cell phone for senior citizens. The new Jitterbug Plus features improved accessibility features including an improved speaker, an improved “YES” or “NO” interface, and extremely good call quality for better hearing.  The new Jitterbug Plus model comes equipped with extremely long battery life (up to 25 days standby), large buttons for easy input, and an easy to read screen.   Seniors can also take advantage of optional features offered with the Jitterbug Plus such as 5Star Urgent Response and Medication Reminders.  The Jitterbug Plus does cost a little bit more than some other options, but it’s combination of call quality, loud speaker, and easy to push buttons make it the best choice for senior citizens looking for a basic cell phone.


Jitterbug J:  The original easy to use phone


  • Large raised keypad makes buttons easy to dial
  • Dial 0 anytime to reach operator
  • Powerful, advanced speaker delivers loud, clear sound
  • Voicemail is available
  • Allows simple text messaging
  • 30 day return policy
  • All options can be accessed with simple “Yes” or “No” questions
  • CallerID enabled
  • Medication reminders ($10/month)
  • Live Nurse ($4/month)


Just5 J509: Great for beginners and seniors


  • Slim and compact
  • Large, raised keypad for easier dialing
  • Large type on display
  • Flashlight
  • FM radio
  • Great call quality


SVC TracFone: The least expensive phone for seniors


  • Oversized Keys
  • Hearing Aid Compatible
  • Best Value
  • No Contracts




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2 Comments » for Simple Cell Phones For Senior Citizens
  1. Nancy says:

    The SVC Tracfone is another great option if you are looking for phones for the elderly, it is one of the cheapest options while still offering every thing you would expect in such a phone.

  2. Marissa says:

    I do like the Jitterbug but I think that its got a lot of things that the elderly really dont need.. I am going to agree with Nancy. I personally think that the SVC is the best for the price for seniors. . There is no contract, the phone only costs $15 and basically you will NEVER pay more than ten dollars a month. I am just talking basics now but I think for what I have seen this nokia is really nice… but is a lot more than needed.

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