A cell phone is practically a must-have these days. From keeping in touch to booking movie tickets or sharing pictures, there’s so much we can do with those little devices we take for granted.
Cell phones are a great way for seniors to keep in touch with family and friends, and it’s reassuring to know you can reach out to someone if you need to.
GreatCall Jitterbug Flip and Smart2 – Senior-Friendly Cell Phones
GreatCall has two phones designed with seniors in mind – the Jitterbug Flip and the Jitterbug Smart2. The Flip is a flip phone for seniors with large buttons and an easy-to-read display, while the Smart2 is a smartphone for seniors with simple navigation.
Both phones were made to be very easy to use, and both have built-in medical alert system features. For people who feel self-conscious wearing a medical alert, they can opt to have a phone with a built-in alert function, instead.
Comparison: Jitterbug Flip vs Smart
Both the Jitterbug Flip and Smart2 from GreatCall have their own strengths. Which you choose much depends on your needs, such as data, texting, or calls. Let’s take a closer look at how the two Jitterbugs match up against each other.
The Flip features a bright screen with large characters and large buttons that are easy to press. The Smart2 has a 5.5” display with simple navigation designed to make it easy for seniors to get their phone up and running in no time at all.
Is there a camera?
Both models come with a camera. The Flip has a 2.0-megapixel camera, while the Smart2 has a 13MP camera with flash.
How much do Jitterbug phones cost?
The emergency health features are where these two Jitterbugs really shine. Both phones offer the same health features, on a three-tier plan:
Basic ($19.99 monthly) includes 5Star urgent response, health and wellness calls, brain games and medication reminders.
Preferred ($24.99 monthly) includes everything in Basic. It also includes access to UrgentCare live calls with health professionals, and the GreatCall Link app that lets caregivers monitor 5Star presses from the Jitterbug handset.
Ultimate ($34.99) includes everything in Preferred. It also includes device replacement if the Jitterbug is lost or stolen, and access to live personal operators who assist with finding phone numbers, looking up addresses and connecting calls.
Both phones have an easy-to-see emergency 5Star button that connects directly to the help center. Seniors simply press the button and they can talk with a team member who will assess their situation and dispatch EMTs or contact caregivers if needed.
How many minutes are included?
Both phones offer a range of different calling plans. Customers can choose to use the phone for talk and text only, or sign up to one of the health and safety plans outlined above. Those who sign up to a health and safety plan save money on their calls.
The cost is very similar between both phones. Talk and text only plans start at $14.99 for 200 minutes monthly, all the way up to $49.99 for unlimited talk and text. Customers who sign up for a health and safety plan start at $5 monthly for 50 minutes of calls, all the way up to unlimited talk and text for $20.
How many texts can I send?
The text packages are the same for both models, regardless of whether you go talk and text only or pay for a health and safety plan. Customers get 300 texts for $3 monthly, 700 texts for $6, 1250 texts for $10, or 2500 texts for $15
What about data?
The Flip isn’t a smartphone, so there are no data packages. Smart2 customers can choose from a range of data options, starting at 40MB of data for $2.49 monthly, all the way up to 2.5GB of data for $30.00 monthly.
Any other features?
Both units come with powerful speakers, to make conversation easier. In addition, the Flip has a magnifier and flashlight, and voice dial, while the Smart2 has voice typing to make texting easier.
How much does the handset cost?
The Flip costs $99.99 plus shipping and activation. The Smart2 costs $149.99 plus shipping and activation.
Where can I buy them?
You can purchase your phone online direct from GreatCall, Amazon, Rite Aid, Walmart Pharmacy, Sears and Best Buy. You can also find them in some stores, including Walmart, Sears and Best Buy.
Senior-Friendly Jitterbug Cell Phones: The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for a senior phone, the search is over. We like the senior-friendly focus and design of both Jitterbugs. The Flip is great for seniors who only want to call or text, while the Smart2 is ideal for seniors who also want to get online. Although you can opt for talk or text only, the health and safety features really make GreatCall’s handsets unique, and are well worth checking out.