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Jitterbug now on Verizon Wireless

GreatCall, the creator of the Jitterbug, has partnered with Verizon Wireless to carry the Jitterbug service on its network.

Samsung Jitterbug J Corinne Schulze/CNET

Usually when we recommend people get the Samsung Jitterbug J, a cell phone designed for seniors, we have to include a warning that the Jitterbug service might not be available in their area.

GreatCall, creator of the Jitterbug handsets, made deals with several different carriers across the country to carry its service, so it was very close to nationwide coverage but not quite complete.

Thursday, however, GreatCall and Verizon announced that the Jitterbug service will now be operating on the Verizon Wireless network as part of Verizon Wireless' Open Development program, which all but ensures better coverage nationwide.

Jitterbug also added onto the announcement with more minutes and more affordable night and weekend calls on its monthly plans. Sounds like a great move all around, especially for Jitterbug customers.