Finding a Basic Phone for Calling Only
Do You Just Want a Basic Phone for Calls?
Cell phones are great little tools and entertainment devices. Most of them can access the web, take pictures and even video, let you read your e-mail, text message others and even provide you with video and audio entertainment. But what if you just want a phone to be a phone?
Well, there are still basic phones on the market that will meet your needs. This page is designed to help you find a phone for calls, period. They're simple and affordable but do the job you want them to do.
Why Would You Want Such a Basic Cell Phone?
There are a number of reasons why a phone for calls only would be attractive:
If you dislike navigating complex menus and figuring out multiple functions, a more basic phone is ideal. Ease of handling. With fewer functions and buttons, these basic phones are easier to handle and often offer larger and more simple keypads.
Certainly, a phone with a 14-megapixel camera/video camera, MP3 player, browser, GPS and more has a significantly higher cost. In addition, cutting down on functions such as downloading, texting as so forth can greatly reduce the cost of your cell phone plan.
- A Kids Phone.
If you need a phone for a child, a phone for calling only makes perfect sense. Phones that don't offer web access are perfect for young children to reduce the risks found online and to assure cost control.
- Emergency Only Phone.
In some cases, an individual may want a cell phone for emergency use primarily or for very limited communication. They seldom use a phone but want a way of summoning help when needed or performing other basic communication needs. Phones for calling functions only are obviously perfect in these instances as the other features would often be considered useless and an unnecessary expense.
- A Phone for a Senior Who is Uncomfortable with Tech.
A cell phone for seniors who aren't familiar with modern cell phones often is most useful if they are basic. Less complexity and easy handling are often a priority.
- You want to simplify.
Whether it's an overall lifestyle change or the need to unplug while you travel, a more simple phone with basic communication functionality may be the perfect phone.
Finding the Phone You Want
As cell phones have evolved they've added on a lot of functions. These functions, although prized by many are somewhat costly, can add complexity, and are unwanted luxuries for some. The number of basic cell phones for calling only are limited but here are some possibilities.
- Doro Phone Easy 626 is one option. This basic flip phone provides access to voice calling and texting. It does have a 2MP camera and Bluetooth for handsfree use but there will be no web browsing with this phone. It has a large keypad, easy to read screen, and a single button for emergency dialing. It's available through Consumer Cellular and can be purchased online.
- Older phones such as the Samsung Knack U310 can be found online at places like Amazon and can be used with carriers such as Verizon. The U310 doesn't offer a camera or a browser. It is an easy to use flip phone that is perfect for calling and texting only. The Samsung Entro would be a similar option but it works with Virgin Mobile.
- The Jitterbug Flip which is designed for older users and is simple to use. It has a camera but no browser.
- Find a flip phone or feature phone and disable data transfer. You can find these phones through carriers such as AT&T and Verizon, particularly those connected to their prepaid plans. The Kyocera Cadence and LG Exalt through Verizon are possibilities as well as ZTE Z233VL through Total Wireless. One of the AT&T phones that might work is the LG B470.
- A non-cell phone option. Relay isn't a traditional phone at all but it gives parents the ability to have voice communication with their young children when that is all they want their child to access. It could also work with elderly family members, and perhaps even work groups.
- For a rugged phone for calls only, you might investigate the BLU Tank Xtreme 2.4. It does have a camera and a voice recorder.
- The Light Phone and Light Phone II. If you are really wanting basic and are willing to try something not offered by the larger manufacturers, the Light Phone might be for you. The original version offers calling and 9 speed dials. The Light Phone II offers calling, messaging, and an alarm clock.
These phones are also very small and lightweight. You can learn all about them on the Light Phone site. The Light Phone II is available for pre-order in the US for $125.
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© 2009 Ruth Coffee