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Topic # 76803 7-Feb-2011 09:31 Send private message

Hi there

Hope this is the right forum for this post!

Anyway, my mother is looking for a new mobile phone as she's not happy with her current one (the old brick called the Vodafone Simple). She's in her late 70s and isn't too keen on using technology (my father even less so), so is after one that is basic in features (to minimise confusion!) and simple to use. Indeed, all she needs is the ability to easily call and text.  

I've found a number of pages dealing with this topic on the net but all are from overseas and none of the models seem to be available in NZ.  

Has anyone got recommendations as to a suitable phone? Needs to be easily available in NZ and ideally not too expensive, and on the Vodafone/2 Degrees network. 

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  Reply # 436132 7-Feb-2011 09:48 Send private message

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  Reply # 436140 7-Feb-2011 10:04 Send private message

wellygary: Telstra have the Doro 410

Which is seen as quite senior friendly

Thanks for the prompt reply and the info on this phone - I'd seen it on the cnet site but stupidly relied on a search on Pricespy to see if it's available here. It appears that Telstra are one of few (if not the only) retailers selling it in NZ at the moment. Possibly over time the $249 price may come down, as that's probably a bit steep for my parents! (considering my Galaxy 5 cost $192, that $249 seems high!).


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  Reply # 436201 7-Feb-2011 11:56 Send private message

Dad got a LG GU285 after trying out diff phones.  He got it when DSE had the promotion of $150 top up then you get $150 off the phone.  The phone was initially about $170. 

Large buttons, the screen can be changed to a white background with orange when highlighted.  Hourly alerts, you can set time when it starts and begins too, also when the phone powers on and powers off each day.  He uses for minimla calls and text, well when he ask me to text because he can't.  Batttery last for about 3 weeks for him. 

You can also change the font size too.  I've switched it to 2G mode to save on the battery. 

Doesn't have a normal ringing tone, but you can just download it off the net put it in a flash phone and use bluetooth to transfer it to the LG and set as default ring tone. 

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  Reply # 436203 7-Feb-2011 12:00 Send private message

I found that if you want a older style phone but newest, it's the Nokia 6310i but unfortunately they command big prices on the used market when you see them. A nice one with the LCD cellophane goes for over $200 for a approx 10yr old phone (!). That's the demand man. You could also get them lesser quality, goes for up to $90.

There is also the 6210 just dual band and no bluetooth I think and lesser screen reso. Of course the 5110 and 6110 etc .. but you hardly see them.

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