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    Question Reccomendation for Legally Blind Hearing Aid Wearing 80 year Old Husband

    Just like the title states, I am looking for a phone for my husband. Hubby has the The Big Easy & this is not working out for him. I checked the reviews on the flip version & it has bad reviews on the hearing part.

    Is there a phone out there that he can just press a button or better yet just say the name to get the phone to call?

    I really need this because he also has heart disease & I want him to be able to call 911 if he needs to when I am not around. TIA
    KINDNESS SHOULD BE A DISEASE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkle3 View Post
    Is there a phone out there that he can just press a button or better yet just say the name to get the phone to call? I really need this because he also has heart disease & I want him to be able to call 911 if he needs to when I am not around.
    Some TF smartphones (like the ZTE Valet) can be set up for voice dialing, but it works clumsily. With most Tracfones, you can set up Speed Dial. Just hold down the number on the dialpad and it'll dial the number assigned to it. Key "1" is reserved for Voice Mail. You can use 2 through 9 for any phone numbers you want.

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    Maybe he would be better off with a Jitterbug or something similar. It does cost more than Tracfone. Maybe the Jitterbug can be put on BYOP.

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    Thank you both for your response!

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    Wouldn't Google Now "OK Google" work?

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    Take a look at the Doro PhoneEasy on ConsumerCellular.com

    Hearing-aid compatible, with emergency button.

    Have no personal experience with that particular phone, but sounds senior friendly. ConsumerCellular customer service is very good. Generous money-back guarantee period.

    Just noticed an item in the review section of this site:

    http://www.howardforums.com/content....ne-for-Seniors

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    Quote Originally Posted by buchrob View Post
    Take a look at the Doro PhoneEasy on ConsumerCellular.com

    Hearing-aid compatible, with emergency button.

    Have no personal experience with that particular phone, but sounds senior friendly. ConsumerCellular customer service is very good. Generous money-back guarantee period.

    Just noticed an item in the review section of this site:

    http://www.howardforums.com/content....ne-for-Seniors
    Yes actually that's a great idea! I'd recommend calling in to chat with their CSRs, maybe even a few times before buying a device. They are very friendly and helpful, and seniors are their target market - in fact your AARP membership is in effect paid for through their discounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HansCT View Post
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/271683423292 $10 cheaper with make offer option
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    Thanks everyone for your ideas!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracbourne View Post
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/271683423292 $10 cheaper with make offer option
    May be a good option for some, but don't expect any kind of local customer service backup. Having to wait separately for the battery is certainly not a plus. ConsumerCellular is very much used to dealing with the section of AARP members who are less-than-tech-savvy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buchrob View Post
    May be a good option for some, but don't expect any kind of local customer service backup. Having to wait separately for the battery is certainly not a plus. ConsumerCellular is very much used to dealing with the section of AARP members who are less-than-tech-savvy.
    Not either or - bring the device you like to Consumer. I think OP is capable of inserting a battery for hubby.

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    ...and then fielding all the tech questions? Not the device we sold you = NO SERVICE from any provider under the sun.

    Best of both worlds if it suits. Enjoy the fully senior-friendly Chinese instructions. Turn the whole experience into a living hell for the sake of $20. I dunno? But the potential is there. The lady deserves a better fate than this.

    We are fortunate to have all our faculties. Many don't --- I have too many senior friends to mention. Have to tailor the responses for what they can handle.

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    No idea what you're on about?

    We're talking voice and text here, no APNs or anything just vanilla GSM service and dumb-phone hardware

    They send a SIM. You get the phone and pop it in and everything works. I've done this hundreds of times all around the world many times no one involved speaking any English. And the lady's doing it for her husband, clued in enough to find us here on HoFo, I think she can handle it 8-)

    And worst case you send the phone back. Really making a mountain out of a mole hill.

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    Being a little defensive about a virtually deaf and legally blind senior is part of what gets me going.

    Those people are often given advice that makes perfect sense to you or me, but which just doesn't fit their situation.

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