ClarityLife phone goes on sale

Clarity's cell phone for seniors is now for sale seven months after its release.

Now you can buy the C900. Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

Seven months after its release the ClarityLife C900 cell phone is now on sale. Designed with senior users in mind, the C900 has a simple design with a bright display and large keys and it offers decent call quality. As we noted when we reviewed the device earlier this year, the menu interface could be easier to use, and we think the text messaging is an unnecessary feature, but the C900 is a good choice for older users unfamiliar with cell phones.

We like that the GSM phone is sold unlocked, so you can use it with AT&T or T-Mobile. It's a bit pricey at $269, but you can buy it online from Clarity's Web site. Clarity originally announced the ClarityLife (it didn't have the C900 model number then) at the CTIA show last April.

The C900 is only the third cell phone in the United States designed exclusively for seniors; Samsung introduced the Jitterbug OneTouch and Dial in late 2007 for Mobile Virtual Network Operator GreatCall Mobile. Verizon Wireless still offers the UTStarcom Coupe, but that phone is meant for a wider audience that includes seniors.

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