Link II vs. Lively Flip

Amie Clark

Our favorite is Lively Flip

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Side-by-side comparison:

Side-by-side comparison:
Editor's Rating
4.2 / 5 stars
2.8 / 5 stars
Device Cost $30 $74.99
Color Options Black or red Red or graphite
Internal Memory 8 GB 16 GB
Camera Resolution 2.0 MP
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 5 MP front camera
Screen Size
  • 2.8-inch main screen
  • 1.7-inch external screen
  • 3.2-inch main screen
  • 1.44-inch external screen
Battery Life
  • 14 hours’ talk time
  • 16 days’ standby time
  • 12 hours’ talk time
  • 20 days’ standby time
Hearing Aid Compatibility M3/T3 M4/T4
Additional Features
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • FM radio
  • Large keypad
  • Speakerphone
  • Emergency button
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Built-in voice assistant
  • Front and rear camera
  • Speakerphone
  • 5Star urgent response button
Contact
Phone Number* 833-695-0501
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Both Consumer Cellular and GreatCall allow seniors to connect with friends and family using simple phones and stress-free plans. What’s more, each of these providers has a flip phone available for under $100, a far cry from the high-tech smartphones popularized in recent years.

In terms of basic phones, Consumer Cellular offers the Link II, and GreatCall offers the Lively Flip. Let’s take a closer look at each of these devices.

Lively Flip
Lively Flip

The Link II’s biggest advantage is the price. You can purchase the phone from Consumer Cellular for $30. While the phone isn’t as sturdy as some of its other counterparts, the keyboard offers several advantages. The keyboard is backlit, making it easy to see in the dark. The buttons have a rounded surface with sturdy buttons that are firm to the touch and click when pressed. AT&T cell service has paired with Consumer Cellular to provide customers nationwide coverage. There is also an emergency contact button on the back of the phone that can be programmed for 911 or a family member.

GreatCall’s Lively Flip, while simple in its design, packs in some impressive features, including both rear and front cameras, 16 GB of memory, and a built-in Alexa voice assistant, allowing you to simply ask your phone questions in order to receive answers. The Lively Flip can also be used with one of GreatCall’s health and safety packages, which give your phone some features of a medical alert system.

Link II vs. Lively Flip Similarities

The Link II allows for both phone calls and text messaging. You can purchase your phone
up front and only pay the monthly fee for your cellular service. The Link II is easy to use and can store phone numbers, making it easy for you to connect with friends and family by pushing just two or three buttons.

The Lively Flip is also designed for those who do not want all of the bells and whistles of a smartphone. Voice calls and texts are both possible with the basic plan, and, depending on the cellular service you choose, the Lively Flip can also be used to contact emergency responders with the press of the urgent response button. GreatCall offers nationwide coverage that extends to 50 states, though calls to Puerto Rico and international calls will cost extra.

Phone Features

The Link II is offered by Consumer Cellular. Its buttons are easy to use and make a clicking sound that lets the user know the button has been pushed. There is an emergency button located on the back of the phone that will immediately dial 911 or any other number programmed into it.

The Lively Flip allows only for phone calls and texts, which means no data plan is required. With that said, I loved the addition of Alexa’s voice assistant. This makes it easy to place calls, send messages, or even set reminders — simply by using your voice.

Costs and Contracts

The Link II costs approximately $30 for the device; however, you’ll also need to purchase an accompanying cellular plan. Consumer Cellular offers two main plans: The first costs $20 per month and includes 250 minutes; the second option costs $25 a month and offers unlimited minutes.

The Lively Flip costs approximately $75 while the Jitterbug smartphone costs just over $110. With GreatCall, you can get 200 minutes for $15 and 300 texts for $3, with incremental increases up to 3,000 minutes for $39.99 and 2,500 texts for $15.

Here is an overview of what’s offered with each provider.

GreatCall and Consumer Cellular Plans Comparison

Consumer Cellular GreatCall
Price Range $15-$40 per month $14.99-$49.99 per month
Unlimited Plans $20 per month for unlimited talk and text $39.99 for unlimited talk and text
Overage Charges None (GreatCall will automatically upgrade your plan in the event of an overage.)
  • $0.35 per minute
  • $0.10 per text
Cancellation Fee None None
Contracts No long-term contract required No long-term contract required
International Coverage Yes
  • $0.20 per minute for Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • $1 per minute for other international calls

Our Conclusion

The Link II is the most affordable of the two phones, but it offers a reasonable solution for seniors who are on a fixed income and may not want a more technologically advanced cell phone.

The Lively Flip, on the other hand, offers a robust set of features that undoubtedly outshine those of the Link II. Between the higher resolution camera, the Alexa integration, and the potential for medical alert features, the Lively Flip is our choice for the best phone for anyone looking for a modern yet simple device.

Written By
Amie Clark

Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here