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    • igdcbs
    • By igdcbs 5th Jan 18, 3:38 PM
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    Which touch screen for a 70 year old?
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:38 PM
    Which touch screen for a 70 year old? 5th Jan 18 at 3:38 PM
    My almost 70 year old mum has an ancient nokia slide phone which is now on its last legs, nokia is all she has been used to using, she is not tech minded at all and is the type to still ask me how to copy and paste something on her computer which she has had for nine years, she has said she would like a touch screen phone, she has zero experience with them, I do not live close to her at all so would be helping her to set it up over the phone. She has given £90 as the maximum she wants to spend and will not budge on this price at all.

    I have been looking for a few days and I have found a nokia 3, which is on sale at tesco at the moment, my husband works there so with his discount he would get it for £90. The only other option would be a samsung j3, which is more expensive but I don't mind putting money towards it, would get that for £117.

    I have no idea which to go for, in terms of which would be easier to use for a complete novice, or can anyone point me in the direction of something else that I might have missed in the £90 price range?

    Did look on gumtree etc for galaxy s4/galaxy s5 and they were all around £100, scratched etc so thought a new phone would be better to go for. She is on giffgaff and does not want a contract so I am a bit stuck finding something she would be able to use.
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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 5th Jan 18, 3:40 PM
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    Why does she want a touchscreen phone.

    Wouldn't you be better just replacing her old phone with a like for like phone that she can use, I can't imagine her using apps.
    Thrifty Till 50 Then Spend Till The End

    You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time
    • igdcbs
    • By igdcbs 5th Jan 18, 3:44 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:44 PM
    I am thinking the same thing, she would be much better with a phone with a keypad, but she is adamant she would like a touch screen, she does use facebook on her computer to keep in touch with family and has said she would like to get a more modern phone, I can see I will be on the phone everytime she gets a text to ask how to reply!
    • littleredhen
    • By littleredhen 5th Jan 18, 3:52 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:52 PM
    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5654640
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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 5th Jan 18, 3:53 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:53 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 3:53 PM
    Do you ever get to spend any length of time with your mum, I wonder if that's the time to upgrade her as you will be on hand whilst she gets the hang of it.
    Thrifty Till 50 Then Spend Till The End

    You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 5th Jan 18, 4:47 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 4:47 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 4:47 PM
    I suspect the screen on that may be a little small for a 70-year-old - or even me for that matter!
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 5th Jan 18, 5:39 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 5:39 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 5:39 PM
    Does she have full use of her fingers? Mum has arthritis in the hands and got talked into buying an iPhone , and she struggles with the touch screen keyboard and can only use it with a stylus
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 5th Jan 18, 5:56 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 5:56 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 5:56 PM
    I was looking at one of these for my elderly mum its supposed to be very user friendly

    https://www.doro.co.uk/mobile-devices/smart-phones.html
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 5th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 6:00 PM
    Why not a contract. I only pay £6 a month with 02 and get 500 minutes, unlimited texrs and 500mb of data which is all i need.
    The same amount is available on Sky for £5 a month
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
    • mchale
    • By mchale 5th Jan 18, 8:12 PM
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    Have a look at "wiser app", it makes any smart phone easy to use, the are other apps similar as well.
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    • SeeMe
    • By SeeMe 7th Jan 18, 12:06 PM
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    Having been bought my first smartphone at xmas the younger family members are telling me to install whatsapp to make free calls and text to them.

    As someone over 60 and used to using a candy bar phone with payg on three mobile are there any catches with whatsapp? i get accused of being a ludite at times and not very tech savy lol.
    I will install it if there are no catches/hidden charges.
    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 7th Jan 18, 12:47 PM
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    Having been bought my first smartphone at xmas the younger family members are telling me to install whatsapp to make free calls and text to them.

    As someone over 60 and used to using a candy bar phone with payg on three mobile are there any catches with whatsapp? i get accused of being a ludite at times and not very tech savy lol.
    I will install it if there are no catches/hidden charges.
    Originally posted by SeeMe
    no catches that I have found seeme I use it all the time.
    • SeeMe
    • By SeeMe 7th Jan 18, 6:01 PM
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    no catches that I have found seeme I use it all the time.
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Ok thanks.
    I will install it and give it a try, i can always remove it if its not suitable.
    • cookie365
    • By cookie365 7th Jan 18, 9:05 PM
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    Whatsapp calls aren't necessarily free - they use your wifi or mobile data. So if you're on pay as you go and make or take a whatsapp call or message when out and about you'll be paying.

    If you're on a pay as you go bundle that includes data then as long as it covers the extra data you'll use through Whatsapp then you won't be paying any extra.
    • PHK
    • By PHK 8th Jan 18, 7:40 AM
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    Please can we not automatically assume that 70 year olds are infirm and unable to use tech.

    Many older people happily use smartphones, tablets and PCs.
    Some people find buttons easier to press, others lack the dexterity and find a, properly set up, touch screen device easier.

    Some younger people will never manage to use a smartphone.

    We should be helping people, regardless of age, find the product that suits them for their use and abilities.
    • fedupfreddie
    • By fedupfreddie 8th Jan 18, 4:46 PM
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    As an older person I am a confident pc user but when my new smartphone rang I had no idea how to answer it.
    However I had no problems with my tablet which has wireless but does not make calls. So I suggest a tablet for facebook etc and an old fashioned phone for making calls.
    • SeeMe
    • By SeeMe 14th Jan 18, 2:30 PM
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    Whatsapp calls aren't necessarily free - they use your wifi or mobile data. So if you're on pay as you go and make or take a whatsapp call or message when out and about you'll be paying.

    If you're on a pay as you go bundle that includes data then as long as it covers the extra data you'll use through Whatsapp then you won't be paying any extra.
    Originally posted by cookie365
    So as someone just topping up now and again on Three payg and not on a bundle, it will cost me if making calls on whatsapp, so there is a catch unless i see it wrong.
    • mobileron
    • By mobileron 14th Jan 18, 3:15 PM
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    Just ensure u are connected to wifi and all is free.
    Just had a 40 min chat with someone in OZ all free, also add skype.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 15th Jan 18, 9:05 AM
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    So as someone just topping up now and again on Three payg and not on a bundle, it will cost me if making calls on whatsapp, so there is a catch unless i see it wrong.
    Originally posted by SeeMe
    There's no 'catch', but perhaps your young family members should have explained how it works. WhatsApp uses the internet for calls and messages, unlike normal voice calls and texts through the mobile network itself.

    Your phone can connect to the internet and enable use of WhatsApp either through its mobile data connection, which is relatively very cheap on Three PAYG at 1p/MB without buying a bundle, or through WiFi, such as your home WiFi if you have (?).

    If you will be using your mobile data for WhatsApp it will incur a cost, but probably less than normal calls and text messages through the mobile network (which are certainly cheap enough on 3 PAYG).

    WhatsApp messages use hardly any data, voice calls use more of course. You can check which way is cheaper, for example, by timing a WhatsApp call and seeing how many megabytes it used by how many pennies it knocked off your credit, and comparing that to the cost it would have been at 3p per minute by normal phone call.
    Evolution, not revolution
    • elsien
    • By elsien 15th Jan 18, 9:11 AM
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    I am thinking the same thing, she would be much better with a phone with a keypad, but she is adamant she would like a touch screen, she does use facebook on her computer to keep in touch with family and has said she would like to get a more modern phone, I can see I will be on the phone everytime she gets a text to ask how to reply!
    Originally posted by igdcbs
    Get a phone you are familiar with. 78 year old parent has managed to accidentally do all sorts of strange things to her phone and as hers is samsung mini and mine is an iphone it's taken a while for me to sort out in person what she's managed to do. Don't think it would have been doable over the phone.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
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