Stepping Up to The Jitterbug

— September 02, 2013

­GreatCall has released the Jitterbug Touch 2, a lower price point touchscreen smartphone designed to “make it easier for anyone to make calls, send text messages, email and browse the internet.” The device is geared for those transitioning from a feature phone to a smartphone, anyone seeking a simplified smartphone experience, or users who generally need less than 50 MB of data per month.

Lighter and thinner than its predecessor, the new 4-inch screen smartphone can fit into a purse or pocket, and features a simplified menu. Everything  - from texting to emailing to taking pictures - is organized in a single list on one screen with large, legible letters. A new, improved dialer enables calling with a large, legible dial pad. In addition, a usage meter shows minute, text and data usage right on the phone.

Offering a speakerphone and a 5 mega-pixel camera, the device is also hearing-aid (M4/T3) and Bluetooth compatible. A full touchscreen keyboard allows for easier typing. An external memory MicroSD Card can store up to 32 GB.

The smartphone, weighing 4.9 oz and available in black, is powered by Qualcomm MSM8625 and runs on Android 4.0.

An affordable data plan is available for $2.49 per month for 10 MB, as well as other options so end-users don’t pay for data they don’t need or use. Phone plans start at $14.99/month. Coverage areas include areas in the U.S. where cellular service is provided by most of the major carriers.

Pre-loaded apps, designed for seniors in mind, include 5Star Urgent Response, allowing users to obtain help, MedCoach – a medication management service, Urgent Care – to speak to a live, registered nurse or board-certified doctor, and The Wellness Call – receive daily motivational calls from wellness expert, Dr. Brian Alman, Ph.D.

Optional accessories include a Bluetooth headset, car charger, battery charger and leather case.

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