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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for cell phones for seniors.

If you're a senior citizen, you may be feeling the need for a little help with your cell phone. Maybe you want to be able to take pictures, send texts, or use social media, but aren't sure how to do all of that. Or maybe you just want something that's easy to use and will make it easier for friends and family to reach you. Whatever your needs may be, here are some of the best cell phones for seniors.

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  1. Boost Mobile - Schok Flip 8GB Prepaid - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: PDF318BSOANB
    SKU: 6537056
    Top comment

    "Works for Me...Easy to use phone for my old uncle. Worthwhile if you’re looking for a simple device....Great for grandparents as a replacement for their old filp phone"

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    The Schok Flip from Boost Mobile is the perfect blend of all the features you actually need in a modern flip-phone design with an emphasis on simplicity over size. Stay connected, get the photos and videos of events you want to remember, and then spend the rest of your time enjoying the world around. Whether for children with limited access, seniors who just want something simple, or anyone who wants to get all the features you need with none of the digital distractions.
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    "Works for Me...Easy to use phone for my old uncle. Worthwhile if you’re looking for a simple device....Great for grandparents as a replacement for their old filp phone"

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    The Schok Flip from Boost Mobile is the perfect blend of all the features you actually need in a modern flip-phone design with an emphasis on simplicity over size. Stay connected, get the photos and videos of events you want to remember, and then spend the rest of your time enjoying the world around. Whether for children with limited access, seniors who just want something simple, or anyone who wants to get all the features you need with none of the digital distractions.
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  2. Lively® - Jitterbug Smart4 Smartphone for Seniors - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great choice for seniors...So far so good. This phone is great for seniors; it has large icons, texts and has a loud phone ring....Great phone for seniors...Excellent phone for seniors. Easy to operate with large printing."

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    The Jitterbug Smart4 is designed to be easy to use from the moment you turn it on. Everything you want to do, from calling and video chatting with family to sharing photos and getting directions, is organized in a single list on one screen with large, legible letters. A long-lasting battery and voice typing give you the flexibility to stay in touch the way you want, and an Urgent Response button on the touchscreen allows you to get help in an emergency. Lively Plans include Unlimited Talk & Text and the new Ask Lively service with kind and knowledgeable Care Advisors who are available to answer questions about your phone, provide help looking up a number, schedule a ride and much more. Plans start at just $19.99/month with no long-term contracts or cancellation fees (price includes a $5/month discount when you enroll in paperless billing) so it's easy to stay connected to friends and family.
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    "Great choice for seniors...So far so good. This phone is great for seniors; it has large icons, texts and has a loud phone ring....Great phone for seniors...Excellent phone for seniors. Easy to operate with large printing."

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    The Jitterbug Smart4 is designed to be easy to use from the moment you turn it on. Everything you want to do, from calling and video chatting with family to sharing photos and getting directions, is organized in a single list on one screen with large, legible letters. A long-lasting battery and voice typing give you the flexibility to stay in touch the way you want, and an Urgent Response button on the touchscreen allows you to get help in an emergency. Lively Plans include Unlimited Talk & Text and the new Ask Lively service with kind and knowledgeable Care Advisors who are available to answer questions about your phone, provide help looking up a number, schedule a ride and much more. Plans start at just $19.99/month with no long-term contracts or cancellation fees (price includes a $5/month discount when you enroll in paperless billing) so it's easy to stay connected to friends and family.
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  3. Lively® - Jitterbug Flip2 Cell Phone for Seniors - Red - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Great for seniors...Very reasonable price. Great for seniors...Senior speciality...No problems at all. Great phone for seniors."

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    Calling and texting just got easier with the Jitterbug Flip2. It features big buttons, a large screen, a simple menu, and an Urgent Response button on the keypad for help in an emergency. With easy navigation, a powerful speaker and an improved 8MP built-in camera, you’ll enjoy using the Jitterbug Flip2 every day. Lively Plans include Unlimited Talk & Text and the new Ask Lively service with kind and knowledgeable Care Advisors who are available to answer questions about your phone, provide help looking up a number, schedule a ride and much more. Plans start at just $19.99/month with no long-term contracts or cancellation fees (price includes a $5/month discount when you enroll in paperless billing). To activate your phone, go in-store or call Lively at 1-800-650-4930 (7 a.m.-8p.m. CT).
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    "Great for seniors...Very reasonable price. Great for seniors...Senior speciality...No problems at all. Great phone for seniors."

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    Calling and texting just got easier with the Jitterbug Flip2. It features big buttons, a large screen, a simple menu, and an Urgent Response button on the keypad for help in an emergency. With easy navigation, a powerful speaker and an improved 8MP built-in camera, you’ll enjoy using the Jitterbug Flip2 every day. Lively Plans include Unlimited Talk & Text and the new Ask Lively service with kind and knowledgeable Care Advisors who are available to answer questions about your phone, provide help looking up a number, schedule a ride and much more. Plans start at just $19.99/month with no long-term contracts or cancellation fees (price includes a $5/month discount when you enroll in paperless billing). To activate your phone, go in-store or call Lively at 1-800-650-4930 (7 a.m.-8p.m. CT).
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  4. Apple - iPhone SE (3rd Generation) 64GB (Unlocked) - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Perfect for dad...Overall, it’s a perfect senior phone....Perfect IPhone for Seniors...I purchased this iPhone for my Mother. It is perfect for her. It still has a home button, is larger font for reading and is not overly complicated on the tech end. "

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    Lightning-fast A15 Bionic chip and fast 5G.1 Big-time battery life and a superstar camera. Plus, the toughest glass in a smartphone and a Home button with secure Touch ID.
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    "Perfect for dad...Overall, it’s a perfect senior phone....Perfect IPhone for Seniors...I purchased this iPhone for my Mother. It is perfect for her. It still has a home button, is larger font for reading and is not overly complicated on the tech end. "

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    Lightning-fast A15 Bionic chip and fast 5G.1 Big-time battery life and a superstar camera. Plus, the toughest glass in a smartphone and a Home button with secure Touch ID.
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  5. Boost Mobile Samsung Galaxy A14 5G - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: SPHA146UANBRB
    SKU: 6539715
    Top comment

    "I purchased this phone for my kiddo and it is perfect for her. Really good price also....Great phone i enjoys it thanks for delivering my order"

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    Product Description

    A smartphone for a smart price, the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G comes built with a large screen, an awesome camera and all the essentials to stay connected at the speed of 5G.
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    "I purchased this phone for my kiddo and it is perfect for her. Really good price also....Great phone i enjoys it thanks for delivering my order"

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    A smartphone for a smart price, the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G comes built with a large screen, an awesome camera and all the essentials to stay connected at the speed of 5G.
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  6. Motorola - Moto G Power 5G 2023 256GB (Unlocked) - Mineral Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Senior learning new tricks...Great Value for Seniors...Exactly what I need with tons of storage for pics and such... excellent battery life. All for less than $200."

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    Product Description

    Experience ultra-fast 5G performance with an octa-core processor.1 Enjoy seamless scrolling on a razor-sharp 6.5" FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Welcome to life at the speed of moto g power 5G.
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    "Senior learning new tricks...Great Value for Seniors...Exactly what I need with tons of storage for pics and such... excellent battery life. All for less than $200."

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    Experience ultra-fast 5G performance with an octa-core processor.1 Enjoy seamless scrolling on a razor-sharp 6.5" FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Welcome to life at the speed of moto g power 5G.
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  7. Total by Verizon - Samsung Galaxy A03s S135DL 32GB Prepaid - Black - Front_Zoom

    Model: TVSAS135DC3PWP/TVSAS134DC3PWP
    SKU: 6554831
    Top comment

    "Good phone for price...It has expandable storage for when you’re running low, camera kinda sucks but can’t complain for 50 bucks...This cell phone was a perfect gift for my daughter for Christmas!!"

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    Make every day epic with the incredible and affordable Sansung Galaxy A03s from Total by Verizon. Capture photos and videos in crystal clear perfection with the 13MP Multi-Lens Camera system. Experience movies & games the way they were meant to be seen with an ultra-crisp 6.5" HD+ LCD Display. Keep all your photos, videos, apps & files in the palm of your hands with 32GB of storage. Get a premium wireless experience without the premium price tag or costly long-term contracts with Unlimited talk, text & high-speed data plans from Total by Verizon that start at just $30/mo for a single line. Access the fastest speeds with Verizon 5G Network and enjoy special perks like hotspot capability, international long distance calling, and exclusive discounts.
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    "Good phone for price...It has expandable storage for when you’re running low, camera kinda sucks but can’t complain for 50 bucks...This cell phone was a perfect gift for my daughter for Christmas!!"

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    Make every day epic with the incredible and affordable Sansung Galaxy A03s from Total by Verizon. Capture photos and videos in crystal clear perfection with the 13MP Multi-Lens Camera system. Experience movies & games the way they were meant to be seen with an ultra-crisp 6.5" HD+ LCD Display. Keep all your photos, videos, apps & files in the palm of your hands with 32GB of storage. Get a premium wireless experience without the premium price tag or costly long-term contracts with Unlimited talk, text & high-speed data plans from Total by Verizon that start at just $30/mo for a single line. Access the fastest speeds with Verizon 5G Network and enjoy special perks like hotspot capability, international long distance calling, and exclusive discounts.
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  8. Total by Verizon - TCL ION V T607DL 32GB Prepaid - Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Basically an iPhone, kind of astonished at everything it does for the price of dinner for 1 at Chili's....fantastic excellent durable phone for price...great phone and very durable for the price- does everything a much more expensive model will do -"

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    See it all in striking detail with the 6” HD+ widescreen display on your Total by Verizon TCL ION V and an impressive 85% screen-to-body ratio. Enjoy stunning clarity and vivid color with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The 8MP rear camera captures great photos with AI scene detection, while the 5MP front camera lets you join video calls so you can stay connected. The robust 3000mAh battery will keep up with your daily demands and allow you to stream worry-free for hours on end.
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    "Basically an iPhone, kind of astonished at everything it does for the price of dinner for 1 at Chili's....fantastic excellent durable phone for price...great phone and very durable for the price- does everything a much more expensive model will do -"

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    See it all in striking detail with the 6” HD+ widescreen display on your Total by Verizon TCL ION V and an impressive 85% screen-to-body ratio. Enjoy stunning clarity and vivid color with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The 8MP rear camera captures great photos with AI scene detection, while the 5MP front camera lets you join video calls so you can stay connected. The robust 3000mAh battery will keep up with your daily demands and allow you to stream worry-free for hours on end.
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  9. Motorola - Moto G 5G 2023 128GB (Unlocked) - Harbor Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Just the right features & price for my daily usage, being a senior citizen. Motorola has given me great service over the years....Best phone for 200 but you get what you pay for also"

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    Finally, a phone that keeps up with your imagination. Introducing moto g 5G. Make the most of today’s networks with a superfast Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor.* Capture supersharp photos day or night with an advanced 48MP camera system.** And experience smooth gameplay on a fast and fluid 6.5" 120Hz display. Immerse yourself in the multidimensional sound of Dolby Atmos backed by stereo speakers.*** Plus, do it all without worrying about battery life or storage space. There’s a massive 5000mAh battery and plenty of room for photos, movies, apps, and games. Supercharge your creativity with moto g 5G.
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    "Just the right features & price for my daily usage, being a senior citizen. Motorola has given me great service over the years....Best phone for 200 but you get what you pay for also"

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    Finally, a phone that keeps up with your imagination. Introducing moto g 5G. Make the most of today’s networks with a superfast Snapdragon 480+ 5G processor.* Capture supersharp photos day or night with an advanced 48MP camera system.** And experience smooth gameplay on a fast and fluid 6.5" 120Hz display. Immerse yourself in the multidimensional sound of Dolby Atmos backed by stereo speakers.*** Plus, do it all without worrying about battery life or storage space. There’s a massive 5000mAh battery and plenty of room for photos, movies, apps, and games. Supercharge your creativity with moto g 5G.
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  10. Motorola - moto g stylus 5G 2023 256GB (Unlocked) - Rose Champagne - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Nice for the price!...Good phone for a teenager taking notes and pictures....Happy senior with my new phone...All of this from a refurbished phone. One very happy Senior Citizen!"

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    Create at the speed of your imagination with the new moto g stylus 5G featuring a built-in stylus. Connect at lightning-fast speeds with 5G* and a Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 processor. Experience immersive entertainment on a 6.6" 120Hz display, backed by multidimensional Dolby Atmos sound. Capture your sharpest, brightest photos with a 50MP camera system. Hold your everyday inspirations with 256GB of storage** and still have room for apps, photos, songs, and movies. All this powered by an unbelievable battery life with 5000mAh. Unleash your creativity with moto g stylus 5G.
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    "Nice for the price!...Good phone for a teenager taking notes and pictures....Happy senior with my new phone...All of this from a refurbished phone. One very happy Senior Citizen!"

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    Create at the speed of your imagination with the new moto g stylus 5G featuring a built-in stylus. Connect at lightning-fast speeds with 5G* and a Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 processor. Experience immersive entertainment on a 6.6" 120Hz display, backed by multidimensional Dolby Atmos sound. Capture your sharpest, brightest photos with a 50MP camera system. Hold your everyday inspirations with 256GB of storage** and still have room for apps, photos, songs, and movies. All this powered by an unbelievable battery life with 5000mAh. Unleash your creativity with moto g stylus 5G.
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How to choose the best cell phone for seniors.

While aging often brings experience, gratitude and perspective, it can also mean that living life on your own terms becomes more difficult as things you’re familiar with, like day-to-day routines, people you know, societal norms, you name it, begin to change. When that happens, a good way to meet the challenge is to embrace aging in place, and the many innovations that can help create new, familiar, everyday-easy routines, like smart lighting, smart Wi-Fi thermostats, smart locks, smart speakers, video doorbells, security cameras, smoke detectors, smart burners and much more. Accepting the fact of aging, and welcoming assistive technology, can help keep you from being limited in the ways that hearing aids and amplifiers can remedy, or reading glasses, or medical alert devices, or special needs telephones or phones for seniors.

 

When you’re looking for the best cell phone for seniors, a good place to start your search is by deciding what you want in a cell phone. Usually a cell phone for elderly folks specializes in simplicity and safety, offering senior citizens user-friendly features and a quick way to get assistance when it’s needed. If you’re simply looking for a phone that allows seniors to stay in touch with family and friends, and to use for emergencies, you can choose a phone that offers simple voice and little else. Most phones for seniors however, offer at least some upgraded features. You’ll likely want to check out the flip phones for seniors, that come with big, bright screens, cameras, high-quality speakers and two screens ideal for viewing text messages, photos and videos in full color. Or you can choose the best smartphone for seniors which offers the full smartphone experience, including a large screen with touch display, high-resolution cameras for photos and video, immersive stereo sound, Bluetooth capability, and access to the internet and email. If getting in touch with a live human operator at the touch of a button for health and safety services is important, you’ll want to be sure that feature is available on the phone you choose. Similarly, some phones for seniors have a feature that allows family members to check the location and status of the phone user. 

Cell phones for seniors — what you need to know.

Another component in choosing the best cell phone for seniors is the carrier. You can choose a phone aligned with a specific carrier and pay the monthly charge as part of a long-term contract. You can also choose an unlocked smartphone, which allows you to select the carrier you want without locking yourself into a contract. If you purchase one of the unlocked phones for seniors, all you need is a SIM card from the carrier of your choice, which pops into your smartphone. You can also choose a prepaid cell phone like those from GreatCall or TRACFONE. Getting a prepaid phone eliminates the hassle of contracts, activation fees, overage charges, fees for changing carrier and termination fees, but it does open the door for running out of minutes unexpectedly. Another consideration when you’re browsing phones for seniors is how long the battery lasts, and the charging method for keeping it fully juiced. Some phones come with their own wall charger and cable, and for others you’ll want to get a cell phone charger or power adapter.

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