Alcatel OneTouch 282 is an entry-level phone designed for elderly or minimal mobile users who want a straightforward handset for making calls and sending the odd text.
At just £30 on pay as you go, the handset is cheaper than lots of other mobiles marketed at elderly people -- such as Doro's range of simplified handsets. But Vodafone is offering essentially the same device -- the Vodafone 155 -- for £5 less.
Both phones have an SOS button on the back that can be customised to call and text a variety of contacts, plus hearing aid compatibility and an FM radio. They also come with a handy charging dock where the handset can live when it's at home.
The Alcatel OneTouch 282 is the phone you buy for an older relative who would struggle with small buttons or touchscreens.
Alcatel describes it as "a simple choice for those who don't want a complicated Android device" -- and it's certainly light on features.
There is a handy SOS button on the back for emergencies, which calls and texts pre-set contacts when pressed. But while making and receiving calls is straightforward, the menus and features aren't always as basic as they could be.
The Alcatel OneTouch is an affordable £30 on pay as you go, which makes it cheaper than other no frills mobiles such as the Doro PhoneEasy 409gsm, which costs around £90. But it's still more expensive than Vodafone's branded version of the same handset -- the 155.
For a full review of the Alcatel OneTouch 282 read the Vodafone 155 review.
The Alcatel OneTouch 282 is an affordable option for someone who needs a very basic phone for making calls, or to have to hand in case of emergencies, thanks to its SOS button.
It's not always as basic as it could be but it's considerably cheaper than a lot of the mobiles in this category. If you're really smitten with this handset, you should probably check out the cheaper Vodafone 155.