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    Any phones with a QWERTY keyboard?

    Looking for recommendations for a friend with a disability, he needs a physical keypad in order to use his phone (not a touchscreen). He's had the same slider phone for years which recently died, so I had bought an identical replacement on eBay but couldn't get it activated (likely because VZW is no longer activating non-LTE phones).

    Any recommendations for a phone with a physical keypad (preferable a full QWERTY style rather than a 10-digit)? Thanks!

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    Does it have to be on Verizon?

    That is really going to be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james2949 View Post
    Looking for recommendations for a friend with a disability, he needs a physical keypad in order to use his phone (not a touchscreen). He's had the same slider phone for years which recently died, so I had bought an identical replacement on eBay but couldn't get it activated (likely because VZW is no longer activating non-LTE phones).

    Any recommendations for a phone with a physical keypad (preferable a full QWERTY style rather than a 10-digit)? Thanks!
    You could check the following article.

    July 24, 2019
    Best phones with a physical QWERTY keyboard

    https://www.androidauthority.com/key...phones-845839/

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    I think the Blackberrys are not going to be appropriate.

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    I saw something recently about a new one
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/slider...erty-keyboard/

    For the most part they are dead.

    Maybe a BB Priv, Key2, Key2 LE or KEYone?
    https://www.androidauthority.com/key...es-845839/amp/


    I don't know which if any would be Verizon certified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    You could check the following article.

    July 24, 2019
    Best phones with a physical QWERTY keyboard

    https://www.androidauthority.com/key...phones-845839/
    Quote Originally Posted by Lisme View Post
    I think the Blackberrys are not going to be appropriate.
    Why not? The buyer would just want to double check compatibility with TF AT&T to make sure the model for the correct region is purchased.

    But if not, what about the Fxtec Pro1 mentioned at the link I posted above? Again, the buyer would need to make sure the model is compatible in the US.

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    I just have an intuitive feeling that a person with a disability might be more comfortable with a simpler phone.

    The Blackberrys are not only $$$ but also have a touchscreen that might be hard to wrangle with and also be far more susceptible to expensive damage.

    Also, the buttons are tiny and the battery life might suck.

    I see no point in getting a computer for simple communication. Also, Android takes a fair amount of housekeeping.

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    eBay has plenty of QWERTY Keyboard phones for sale - https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...phone&_sacat=0 if none doesn't satisfy then would a wireless bluetooth keyboard work ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    Why not? The buyer would just want to double check compatibility with TF AT&T to make sure the model for the correct region is purchased.
    Well they did mention Verizon...

    Lots of options for AT&T/TMO. Verizon is the tricky one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by october262 View Post
    eBay has plenty of QWERTY Keyboard phones for sale - https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...phone&_sacat=0 if none doesn't satisfy then would a wireless bluetooth keyboard work ??
    I have a Bluetooth keyboard that works with my Alcatel and ZTE smartphones but not LG, Samsung, or Moto phones. I got it for about $30. I too have difficulty with smartphones due to severe tremors and thought that would help with my writing. I still use my smartphones keypad more.

    Although it sounds like the person needs an actual QWERTY device that could fit in pocket, the BT keypad might help. There are many different types. Some are flexible and roll up so they're more portable. Otherwise they might as well use a notebook or tablet at home that has a keypad, which I'm sure they've already thought of or already use.

    I miss the old feature phone QWERTY's too, I still have my old VM Kyocera Wildcard and an Alcatel but those are post dated now.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisme View Post
    I just have an intuitive feeling that a person with a disability might be more comfortable with a simpler phone.

    The Blackberrys are not only $$$ but also have a touchscreen that might be hard to wrangle with and also be far more susceptible to expensive damage.

    Also, the buttons are tiny and the battery life might suck.

    I see no point in getting a computer for simple communication. Also, Android takes a fair amount of housekeeping.
    All that is probably true.

    But what other options are there for modern/currently-usable phones with a physical QWERTY keyboard?

    Maybe there are some that no one has thought of or mentioned yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST Dog View Post
    Well they did mention Verizon...

    Lots of options for AT&T/TMO. Verizon is the tricky one.
    The current/prior to dying phone is/was on the Vzw network.

    But the request was simply for QWERTY physical keyboard phone recommendations.
    Quote Originally Posted by james2949 View Post
    Looking for recommendations for a friend with a disability, he needs a physical keypad in order to use his phone (not a touchscreen). He's had the same slider phone for years which recently died, so I had bought an identical replacement on eBay but couldn't get it activated (likely because VZW is no longer activating non-LTE phones).

    Any recommendations for a phone with a physical keypad (preferable a full QWERTY style rather than a 10-digit)? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST Dog View Post
    I saw something recently about a new one
    https://www.zdnet.com/article/slider...erty-keyboard/

    For the most part they are dead.

    Maybe a BB Priv, Key2, Key2 LE or KEYone?
    https://www.androidauthority.com/key...es-845839/amp/


    I don't know which if any would be Verizon certified.
    Thanks everyone for your input - the current phone is Verizon but it doesn't necessarily have to be, we get decent AT&T coverage here as well. I was leaning more towards a feature/dumb phone but hadn't thought of the Android/BB options. Not sure if he could handle those or not. I'm open to AT&T feature/flip phone options if anyone's got em. Otherwise we'll probably just go with the Alcatel flip, but he'd prefer to have the full keyboard if possible and affordable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james2949 View Post
    Thanks everyone for your input - the current phone is Verizon but it doesn't necessarily have to be, we get decent AT&T coverage here as well. I was leaning more towards a feature/dumb phone but hadn't thought of the Android/BB options. Not sure if he could handle those or not. I'm open to AT&T feature/flip phone options if anyone's got em. Otherwise we'll probably just go with the Alcatel flip, but he'd prefer to have the full keyboard if possible and affordable.
    You're welcome.

    Here are a couple possibilities, although quite old.

    LG Xpression C395 Qwerty Keyboard Slider Cellphone GSM Unlocked
    https://www.amazon.com/LG-Xpression-.../dp/B00YRDCLIU
    LG Xpression 2 C410 AT&T Unlocked Phone
    https://www.amazon.com/LG-Xpression-.../dp/B00J1SMJ06

    They would probably work for a while, until AT&T shuts down 3G completely.

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