Usually when we are asked about the right phone for senior citizens, we say that the easier the phone is to use, the better. It needs to have large, easy-to-read buttons, a bright display, and pared-down features to keep things easy. Well, the Jitterbug OneTouch is certainly one of the easiest phones we've ever used--it doesn't even have a numerical keypad. It is the simpler cousin of the Jitterbug Dial, and both phones were released by a new Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) called GreatCall, which specializes in serving elderly people who want to keep in touch with their relatives. The OneTouch is perfect for our senior citizens who do not want any complications whatsoever when using a phone. OneTouch phones are available now for $147 each.
The Jitterbug OneTouch looks and feels a lot like the Jitterbug Dial. In fact, it is identical when viewed from the exterior. A bit rounded and bulky, it measures 4x2x1 inches and weighs about 4.4 ounces. It has the same monochrome external screen, as well as the volume rocker underneath it. Just like the Dial, the phone feels great in the hand, especially when cradled next to the ear thanks to soft gray rubber surrounding the speaker.
As with the Jitterbug Dial, the first thing you're greeted with when you open the phone is the sound of an actual dial tone. This lets you know that the phone is activated and ready to go, similar to a landline phone. It has the same 1.8-inch, 65,000-color display found on the Dial, complete with large fonts and simple Yes or No questions through its navigation system. As with the Dial, you can scroll through Contacts and Call History pretty easily.