The simplest mobiles are designed chiefly to make phone calls and send text messages, and usually have built-in access to email and the internet too. Most have a camera too. And because they don't have lots of features, they don't need charging as often. Text messaging can be especially useful for people with hearing loss because it's almost as immediate as a call. It's very easy to learn.
If you're elderly, have disabilities, or just like to keep things simple, this is the page for you.
We've got a great range of mobile phones for old people, plus tablets, and can help you choose the right one. There are phones that support limited sight, grip and more.
We've got some brilliant simple to use, no-nonsense options too. There's lots more on this, under Good to know.
The MobiWire Ayasha is small and light, with a large, bright screen and physical buttons, and is incredible value.
The Alcatel 10.54 is another small, classic phone, also with a 1.8 inch screen and a micro SD card slot. It's perfect as a no-nonsense, easy-to-use companion.
The Doro 5030 is perfect for anyone who needs an easy-to-use camera phone, not just those in later life. With large buttons, loud sound, easy email and clear displays it helps you stay in touch with your nearest and dearest, simply and confidently.
Good to know
Phones and tablets can be liberating
Phones and tablets can make online shopping (and window shopping) simpler thanks to clear, reliable apps, as well as the familiar web browsers found on computers.
Pastimes and reading
They'll keep you entertained with crosswords, chess or games with opponents anywhere in the world. If you love reading, they have apps for e-readers like Kindle, so you can carry around as many books as you like without any extra weight. Ideal for globetrotters.
A tablet can bring your friends to you
Tablets don’t have phone receivers. But they can make voice and video calls over the internet, using apps (downloadable features) such as Skype and FaceTime. If you can’t get to see your family and friends in the flesh, these apps will bring them to you. It’s surprisingly natural.
These apps can also be really valuable if you need to give or receive help. Suppose your niece needs help with homework – you can make a sketch, or work through an equation together. She can help you learn about a new Spotify feature by showing you where to find it on your screen.
There are also lots of voice over IP (VoIP) apps which let you use your tablet as a phone – the calls go over the internet, rather than the mobile network.
(Most of these apps are available on smartphones too, though the screens are smaller.)
Advice about disabilities
Our products and services are for everyone. We’re here to help you get the most out of your devices if you have restricted vision, difficulty hearing or speaking, or have limited dexterity or mobility. We offer SignVideo interpreting and text-to-voice/voice-to-text, and Braille bills. Find out about our accessibility services
The main hearing and vision charities, and manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, have lots of advice on their websites. There’s also advice on the web about the best apps for elderly people, and people with disabled eyes or ears, or mobility issues.
Getting someone to manage your account for you
With our Protected Service scheme you can choose a trusted friend or family member to manage your account on your behalf.
Monitoring and checking your health with a phone or tablet
Your phone or tablet can be a great help in checking and maintaining your health. Even the simplest phones have reminders, so you can set up prompts to take medication or get out in the fresh air. Smartphone and tablet apps can record and analyse your vital statistics such as blood pressure. There are also apps that help you make the most of fitness wristbands, smart watches and other ‘wearable’ devices.