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The 8 Best Cell Phones for Senior Citizens

Simon Batt Updated 25-09-2019

Most currently technology is marketed towards younger consumers, so it can be hard to find a cell phone for seniors. Thankfully, there are some senior citizen phones out there to help those in need of it.


Here are the best phones and smartphone for seniors who want to stay up-to-date no matter where they are.

1. Tracfone Alcatel MyFlip

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While smartphones may be the modern-day must-have, flip phones are by no means gone. If you like a phone you can flip down and easily pocket, try the Tracfone Alcatel MyFlip.

It’s designed to be easy to use. This is great for people who don’t need the latest technology and just want something that can make calls and receive text messages. The phone also features large buttons which are easy to see what you’re pressing, and the loud phone speaker means you’ll never miss a call again.

2. Snapfon ezTWO

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The clearest distinguishing characteristic of the Snapfon ezTWO is that it’s a big button cell phone. The buttons are large, easy to read, and easy to activate. This, combined with a simple large-print LCD screen and high earpiece volume, make the Snapfon an obvious choice.

There’s more to it than big buttons, however. It also includes an SOS button which can be used to automatically connect with an emergency phone number. This makes the Snapfon a particularly good choice for seniors that have difficulty with movement. Rather than trying to reach an emergency phone, help can be contacted by pressing a single button.

Snapfon is a GSM world phone, so it will work with most carriers. There’s also a plan available directly through the phone’s manufacturer. Though the SnapMobile plan lacks features like mobile data, the phone only supports voice and text communication, so the plan fits well with the device.

3. Easyfone Prime A1

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If you always forget to charge your phone at the end of the day, it’s good to give it a single area where you place it once you’re finished. It also means you won’t lose your phone as often; every time you need it, it’s there in its designated spot.

If this sounds like a good idea to you, be sure to take a look at the Easyfone Prime A1. This phone comes with its own charging dock which you can place it in when you’re not using it. While it’s in its dock, the phone will charge its batteries, ready for the next trip out. This makes it the best phone for seniors who easily forget to charge them up.

Its core design keeps seniors in mind. It has big buttons, a simple-to-use operating system, and an SOS button if you find yourself in trouble. This makes the Easyfone the best all-rounder cell phone for seniors.

4. TekkPerry UNIWA V708

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The TekkPerry UNIWA V708 is a fantastic choice if you need the basics without spending too much. When you take a look at its specifications, you’ll see many returning features found on cell phones for seniors. It has a powerful loudspeaker, large buttons, and an SOS button for additional help.

However, unlike most cell phones for the elderly, this one has a small LED light on the top that you can use as a flashlight. It also has 2G capabilities, which isn’t useful for watching YouTube or web browsing but is a nice addition for checking emails. However, with 5G networks on the horizon, many carriers are looking to phase out their 2G networks, so this phone may not be as future-proof as you’d like.

5. Nokia 220

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Though not specifically designed for seniors, the Nokia 220 has many features that will appeal to them.


It’s a simple, basic phone with an easy to use layout. It doesn’t have large keys or a display that only uses large text, but this allows it to offer more functionality. Unlike the senior phones we’ve already discussed, this one has a camera, can use apps and can even access the internet if you pay for a mobile data package.

The Nokia 220 also nails the basics. It gets good reception. It is relatively loud, and call quality is excellent. Bluetooth works well, and basic text messaging is easy to use and navigate. In other words, the Nokia 220 is a good phone—a much better one, in fact, than many smartphones costing two or three times as much.

It’s a GSM phone, so it will work with many carriers worldwide. It’s a great senior citizen cell phone for those who aren’t tech-savvy but are otherwise mobile. It’s also a good choice for people who don’t need oversized buttons or text to use their phone.

6. Jitterbug Smart2

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If you like the idea of a smartphone, but you find regular phones a little tricky to use, try the Jitterbug Smart2. It’s a smartphone designed entirely around seniors, so you can be sure that your every need is met.

This phone has a large screen to help people with limited eyesight read what’s being displayed. For people with arthritis or weak hands, the phone supports voice typing to reduce the strain on their fingers. It even includes a camera for those snapshot moments no matter where you are.

7. VOCA V530

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The VOCA V530 is an interesting phone, as it’s a flip phone for seniors with added smartphone-like features. For example, it is compatible with Amazon Alexa. So, you can use an Amazon Echo to command the phone to perform actions with your voice. It also has 3G capabilities, which some cell phones for seniors don’t provide.

That’s not to say this is a complex device; its core design is similar to a traditional flip phone. The buttons are large and easy to read, the screen font is large for people with limited vision, and the device is even compatible with hearing aids. Unfortunately, it only works on AT&T and T-Mobile networks, so make sure you have a SIM from them before buying.

8. Ushining 3G

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If you want an easy-to-use cell phone for elderly people, but you’d also like a 3G connection, try the Ushining 3G. It uses a T-Mobile network or any carrier that uses it.

Not only are the buttons large, but the phone can output at a loud volume so you can catch every word. You can set five different numbers as an SOS number, then quickly call them using the SOS button when trouble arises.

Choosing the Best Cell Phones for Seniors

When it comes to selecting a cell phone for old people, there are many different specifications to consider. From the size of the buttons to the inclusion of an SOS button, there’s a phone to suit every need.

As we grow older, our needs change as our bodies age. For another option, consider adding senior-friendly keyboards and icons to your current Android phone 4 Large Senior-Friendly Keyboards and Icons for Android Here's how to change the keyboard size and make icons bigger on Android to create a more senior-friendly phone experience. Read More .

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  1. Android
    October 5, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Smartphones are actually pocket computers that also happen to have phones built in. Many people do not need or want this functionality or find technology baffling. Some of these phones in the article would be ideal for them.

  2. Bobby
    September 26, 2019 at 3:58 am

    At age 73 I still like my iPhone, and many of my contemporaries use them as well. The basic functions are intuitive and you can set up the screen with bold and larger fonts. I can use Notes to help my now-defective memory.

    That said, if I had a debilitating disease or serious eye problems or injury, I’d have to find one of the phones with really big buttons and basic functionality.

    But since I really hate to talk to people, I’d try to find one that can text.

  3. Whitney
    June 17, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I really think my dad has made a conscious decision to not learn new tech. He can't get past that you have to swipe "one" of the buttons to answer the phone. He gets it right about 25% of the time. I was yelling yesterday while listening to him fumble with the phone. He couldn't hear me and had no idea he had answered it. I had to hang up and call him again.

    I really had hopes for him way back when he could program the VCR.

  4. Shweta Bisht
    June 7, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Thank you for sharing such a great information. Easyfone also provides Mobile Phone for Seniors. All easyfones come with clear & loud sound for comfortable conversations & loud ringtones so that calls are not missed.

  5. Gajendra Jain
    July 2, 2017 at 2:23 am

    I do not find any cell phone with sufficient capacity of battery backup, battery without heating problem, dialing with photos display/photo touch dialing, sound dialing.

  6. Beth Rogers
    June 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I found this article very helpful! My father (77 years old) has developed a fine motor tremor in his hands, and smaller buttons are getting difficult for him. I'm looking for a big-button cell phone to see if that's easier for him to use. He doesn't (can't) use touch screens because of his hand tremor, so a touch display is a waste of space on the phone. Freeing up that space makes room for the bigger buttons. Color-coded red/green buttons also help, since he grew up with phones where you just hang up the phone on the receiver when you're done talking. Believe it or not, cell phones are relatively new technology if you were born in 1940.

  7. Ahmd
    August 22, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    They're old people, not retards.

    • Beth Rogers
      June 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Wow. You sound smart, such a big vocabulary too. Actually many seniors have trouble with small buttons and touch screens. My father has a fine motor tremor in his hands, so I'm looking for a big button cell phone for him. He doesn't (can't) use touch screens because of his hand tremor, so that's a waste of space on the phone. Freeing up that space makes room for the bigger buttons. The color-coded red/green buttons are also great since he grew up with phones where you just hang up on the receiver when you're done talking. Believe it or not, cell phones are relatively new technology if you were born in 1940. Try getting your head out of your posterior sometime.

  8. sandy hawkensen
    April 3, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Looking for phone for a disable women that has lost 1 eye and use of right hand so it hard to see the letters to text and hard to use tiny little letters with left hand...any suggestions

  9. Millie @ Phone For Seniors
    March 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I think you forgot to mention one more mobile phone for senior citizens and that is TTfone. Do you really think that senior citizens are understand functionality of galaxy note?

  10. Joy Hibsher
    February 4, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    What about the "New Cheap Original Senior Phone (GSM Old Man Mobile). On the website?

  11. Gene B
    January 16, 2015 at 5:32 am

    After studying all the Internet recommendations for seniors and trying the AT&T Rugby for almost two weeks, I ended up with an AT&T LG A380 I bought today at BEST BUY. The Rugby had some appealing attributes, but it was still a little too complex for my simple 76 year-old brain. I was attracted to the A380 when I saw the dummy model had icon pictures that said "Recent calls", "settings", "Tools", etc. Although it was not a touch screen, which would have made the this flip phone perfect, it was so simple to operate that I was navigating it within an hour and sent my first text ever to my grandson. I was able to "upgrade" from my previous phone for another two years with AT&T on this phone so the cost was $19.95 at Best Buy, plus a tax that brought it up to nearly $40, plus the ugly fee of about another $40 with AT&T, which is a total rip off, as everyone knows, if you've been a long time customer with them spending money on tvs, cell phones, etc. every month. I did study the Jitterbug and another similar one at Target but their monthly price structuring scared me away, plus the Target clerk told me I would not be able to connect with our AT&T family plan.

    Hope this is helpful to other seniors that may be as frustrated as I was with the industry not recognizing seniors' real needs.

    • Johnny De Philo
      November 14, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Thank you so much - this was very helpful!

  12. NN
    October 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    For a 41 yr old, who likes things simple this is a great article. thanks.

  13. NN
    October 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I liked this article. I am 41 yrs old and have been looking for simple phones w/o the craziness new phones have. A phone is a device for convenience, not being caught up in. I may not be a senior by the way the law defines them but then again, my preference is some of the last 2-3 phones u listed there. the Nokia sounds great to me! ;-)

  14. cecelia
    October 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    can I use a jitterbug phone with another carrier besides great call by changing the sim card?

  15. Desiree
    October 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

    It seems a few people got offended but I'd like to say Thank you for the article! Perhaps it could have been called "Best 5 basic phones."

    I'm currently looking for a phone for my uncle. He's 69 and due to cataracts he stopped driving, but hes in otherwise good health. When he goes out he rides the bus around. (Doesnt like to call me unless its a DR appointment, and even then I hve to talk him into letting me take him) There arent very many pay phones anymore and I'd like him to have something to call me on if its late or if he just simply doesn't feel like walking to the bus stop.

    Next top: finding prepaid plans that hold minutes for a very long time without expiring.

  16. Jayson
    October 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Re: uppity seniors
    I laughed a little when I read the comments on here from tech-savvy seniors upset about this article. I laughed because it's usually the seniors who complain about society having to be so politically correct and how ridiculous it is that "stewardesses" want to be called "flight attendants" and you should know that when someone says "he" they mean "he or she". So how does it feel now, seniors? Someone has made a generalization about your group and in the process called you something that you're not.

    By the way, you should be thanking this author not chastising him b/c eventually everyone will need a phone like this.

  17. Stephanie
    October 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    My 73-year-old father is computer literate, but has never owned a cell phone (if he's not with my mother, he's at the bowling alley). That said, after a minor car incident, if I wasn't with him with my cell, calling for help would have taken more time. He's now considering a cell phone. But at his age, and with his needs, he'd really only need a simple cell phone. My mom has one, and even though it's a fairly straightforward Nokia, she only uses it for calls as well. I think that instead of automatically getting defensive, people ought to consider what others' needs might be (and be appreciative of any and all efforts being made towards that end), instead of only thinking about themselves.

  18. dr manoj vaidya m d
    September 27, 2012 at 12:04 am

    i need a mobile with big size fonts to be able to read dial
    should have speed dialing
    emmergency number service
    should speak numbers while writing
    or read the messages e read the number u type i type i am 82 6/60 vision only thanks pl suggest urgently

  19. Petersen
    September 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

    This site has quite some information about Doro mobile phones and Doro phones in general:

    Its in danish, so you have to be keen on using google translate :)

  20. Larry Testerman Jr
    August 12, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Dude, everyone has forgotten about the BEST phone out there. The Rugby series. I have the first two and tried my best to destroy them. I even ran over my Rugby 1 over two years ago. did not phase it. my ex still uses it. I get the Rugby 3 later this month. Everyone who can not live without a touch screen must have it!!

    • KT
      September 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      I'm 57, a college professor. I have an iPad, iPhone, and every fancy electronics device out there. I teach computer courses and am a licensed CPA.

      I'm considering getting a Jitterbug because it is simple to use, the numbers are large, and I can use my other devices if I want to use facetime, upload pics, use my apps, etc.

      I think the article was great. There are MANY seniors with poor vision (even with correction.) Ease of use is desirable when you just want to make a call.

      My 76-year old brother, with an IQ of 145, and computer skills, found the smart phone to be too complicated for his needs. You should consider needs rather than ability.

  21. Driana
    July 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    This is a great article for help in finding a phone for anyone who needs or wants a basic phone without any or a minimum of bells and whistles. My mother-in-law at 85 and has no trouble seeing or pressing regular size number or reading regular size text. However, she does have problems with her old LG and her new Samsung flip phones many features. She gets stuck on speaker phone, car audio set up, and any manner of extra program modes that she then cannot get out of. This is a bright, capable woman who is a senior at 85; she needs the simplicity of this type of phone because she has no interest in learning this type of tech though surely could if it was of interest to her. I am 44 and need this type of phone for the large type and keys. I have an I-phone that I love and use but definitely have trouble reading because my eyes sight has gone from near-sighted to just plain bad.

    I don't think I would have found this article if it had been listed under disabilities (where I would look for my son who is disabled). I did find it on my first search try under phones for seniors.

  22. Ish
    July 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Very informative article! I was looking for an simple phone for my grandfather to use. Any suggestions for a qwerty keypad for him? He is hard of hearing, and it is easier for him to text me.
    He liked my blackberry bold for texting, but the phone itself is too complicated.

    • Matt Smith
      July 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      Your best bet will be a QWERTY feature phone. The Nokia C3-00 is a good example. Do an search for "QWERTY phone" and you will receive many results. None of them are super-simple, though.

      • Chris Smart Consumer
        September 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        Matt. This is a VERY helpful article. Some people would not appreciate it if you bought the phone for them and paid off all their bills, then stocked the fridge and cooked dinner.
        Please keep your cool the way you have done, and appreciate the constructive comments.
        Thanks for a well written and simple list dude. You ain't no punk.

  23. Alex
    July 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Nice Article! But you forgot to mention one of the real leaders in the cell phones for seniors market - The Just5 phones, that has a lot of satisfied customers and credibility in the market! Check them out at

  24. Jan
    July 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you for this article. My mom is 92 years old and amazing in regard to her physical abilities and mental status. That being said, she has absolutely no technical aptitude so I have been searching for a cell phone that she might be able to use. You have helped me greatly. Again, thank you.

  25. Brenda Wendt May
    July 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    My mom is 67 yrs old and has Alzheimer's. This does not mean she is incapable of using a cell phone, only that it NEEDS to be easier. As their disease progresses tasks with to many steps get confusing like ATM machines (too many options). Right now the stats are 1 in 10 people will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's or some type of dementia. By 2025 it will be 1 in 6. Its time for the big wigs to take their heads out of their wallets and back on the end users. Just because your a senior, it does not mean it was made especially with YOU in mind. Only an option due to the vastness of people as individuals.

  26. Cheryl Fetterman
    May 26, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for the article. I have a friend who is in rehab after a stroke and I asked if she would have been able to use her cell phone if she had had it with her when the stroke happened. She said she was 'fuzzy' and couldn't move well. Later, she yelled and banged with her cane untile a neighbor heard her and came. I told I wouldn't be able to use my cell phone if I was very sick (nothing wrong with me including eyesight) and I wondered if she would like to have a big number simple phone that's only a phone. She said yes, that sounded better than the one she has so here I am online looking at what's on the market. Thanks for the article - it a good starting point.

  27. Ken
    May 21, 2012 at 6:36 am

    There seem to be a few sensitive people around who are annoyed at being classed as seniors. The fact is that there is a market for simple phones with large text that are easy to use. If you are 80 years old and still on top of your game, then get an I phone. These phones are made for people who want to keep it simple. By the way, is the TRacfone SVC still around?

    • Barbie
      May 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Yes, the SVC is still very much around. I got one for my mom for Mother's Day. Was surprised not to see it in the line-up here-being cheaper than any of the phones listed ($15), but with most of the same user friendly features. My mom has been refusing to get a cellphone, but once she got used to using it and saw how easy it is, she's quite at home sending texts, setting reminders and generally finding her way around the menu. There really are some seniors out there who are afraid of new technology and haven't been exposed to it in the past, as well as those who have no desire to spend more than $10/month on minutes.

  28. ts
    May 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    err... there's an invention around (called spectacles) which allow me to read my Desire HD. Yes, old like me. So next obstacle? I am senile???? I'm sick to death of being stereotyped as some sort of senior, physically challenged, idiot. Why not an aritcle on what phone to buy for an IQ challenged "young punk"? From what I see, there's a huge demographic right there waiting to be tapped.

    • Archie
      May 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Nice...hats off to u.....
      well some people just write down articles without proper knowledge...

    • Matt Smith
      May 12, 2012 at 6:57 am

      Like I said to the other reader, if you want to read an article about the best smartphones for everyone, then do that.

      This is a piece about phones specifically for seniors.

    • aarp member
      June 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      sounds like you are the stereotypical "Grumpy Old Man"
      I for one think this is a great article for helping my mom get a phone she can use at 80

    • anna nicole
      May 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      who took a dump in your cornflakes

    • CW
      January 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Dear Ts,
      If we were all like you then we would only need one implement.
      There is a variety of options because everyone is not the same.
      Some people, senior or not, even with spectacles have a hard time seeing and need larger print.
      You should enjoy each person for who they are, not hate because they are not like you.

      PS -Sorry you are having a hard time with your age. There is an alternative of not aging. Would you like death better than being called a senior citizen? You would think being a senior would be a complement.

  29. Bruce
    May 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Okay, I really hated this article. Its condescending and over-generalized. However, I checked out your blog and liked it. What's an old man to do? Guess my hope for you is that you check out the difference between having a disability and being a "senior" (whatever that is).

    • rafael
      May 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

      My grandparents are both over 85 and these are the kind of phonea they need. They cannot use a regular Nokia non- smartphone.

  30. Matt.Smith
    May 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Looks like that could be cool, I'll put it on my list of things to check out.

  31. Kyem Ghosh
    May 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    may be today's 60+ citizens are smart enough to use high end androids and even iPhones. But still 80% of them goes for simple phones or some introductory smartphones. My father, a senior citizen, choose to have a qwerty keypad phones. Last year he asked me to buy a nokia C6 00 which is a full touch screen phone and has a sliding keypad just for Rs 12500 (250$ app.). He uses it fine cz he says that its much easy to use a touch phone as the icons are big enough, there is no confusion in pressing buttons just there are three keys, one for menu and the other two for call and end and as the phone runs on symbian s60v5, it has loads of option to customerize. He smoothly uses the sliding keypad for texting and using a lil bit of internet, may be for sending some mails or googling. Yes the processor speed and the RAM is low but speed is not a headache for my father. Thus Nokia C6 00 is a good phone for the senior citizens at a lower price!!!

  32. Nagendra kumar Gummapu
    May 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    nice share dude thanks

  33. Anonymous Senior Citizen
    May 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Being a senior myself, I find this all a bit condescending.

    My husband and I both own Android phones - I have an HTC Thunderbolt that I got the week it was released. A mistake I know now, but not because of my "poor eyesight". My husband has a Droid Razr and he can use it just fine.

    So maybe you didn't have to really have to cut out all those decent devices.

    • Matt Smith
      May 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      How would the list have been different from a generic "top 5 smartphones" list if I just listed normal smartphones?

    • ceteco
      May 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Not trying to be rude or anything, but vision degrades as we age, maybe you're on of the few lucky ones who doesn't.

    • Jo Erne
      July 22, 2012 at 3:57 am

      It's not just a vision issue. Obviously, there are plenty of people 65+ who have been using computers and smartphones for quite a while and who know how they work. For some seniors, though, the bells and whistles of even the "simplest" of mainstream phones are VERY confusing. My 85-year old mother, for instance, used to have basic computer literacy, but technology is still not her way of thinking and now, after a couple of strokes, she finds her cell phone (Verizon's simplest model) too baffling to do more than answer. Also, the buttons are difficult for her to see and to operate. A simple phone, perhaps like the Snapfon EZ One described in this article, would be a big help. She has friends her age--very smart, very with it, but who have never been comfortable with "new" technology, and who simply forgo cell phones because they are too confusing. Shame, too, as a cell phone is a pretty useful thing in case of emergency.

      By the way, I'm in my early 50s and have a hard time finding cordless phones for home use with buttons big enough for me to see. Even if I can see the numbers, the letters are way too small. I have come to loathe 1-800-NUMBERS. I have to go get glasses or a darn magnifying glass to dial. And my eyesight isn't even that bad.

    • karel Meerbach
      February 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      condescending? I find your comment repugnant, you must the small percentage of smart arse senior who can still do it with the faculties you still have left. Don't be so judgmental as there are those of us who do not need the so called bells and whistles and still prefer the simple things in life. The only thing I need the damn phone for in its simple form is to keep contact where I need it and the simpler the better and oh yes larger numbers do help as the eyesight isn't getting any better. So think before you write in respect to other people feelings and abilities... 'CLICK'

    • cindy
      April 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      With me its a matter of just not having nearly the patience I used to have. I use my desktop PC all day sometimes and love it. But when I get the little cell phone in my hand - KaPow! I want to throw it out the car window. Of course - I have the Samsung t139 which tells it I am looking to upgrade to a less frustrating cell I can See good and Hear good and Dial without having to get out my Mag glass. I don't need all the bells and whistles...I just got a 10.1 tablet and I find using it (compared to my desktop) quite a pain in the a** also. I like the portability when Im off my desktop. I will keep on truckin for that little cell phone that will make me happy.

  34. Kaggy
    May 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    • Jan
      July 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you, Kaggy. This article helped me as well.