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Old 04-14-2019, 11:25 AM
 
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Older relative has a LG Revere basic CDMA flip phone with Verizon which only uses for calls (texting disabled on account). Problem is with arthritis and other hand issues, by the time she gets that phone open, she has missed the call after five rings. This phone has to be replaced with a 4G LTE phone as Verizon first, around 12/31/2019, and other carriers are shutting down their older CDMA networks. Ideally looking for one of those candy bar/slab phones, not a smartphone, a basic phone, but unsure if they make any of those for 4G LTE service as already checked phonescoop.com. Otherwise, an easier to open flip phone, one with not as tight hinge, am thinking. Verizon or AT&T service are both fine for this need, but Sprint and T-Mobile service is marginal in her home area. Even a MVNO reseller is fine, even Jitterbug, but unsure if their flip phone is easy to open or not.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:58 AM
 
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Two suggestions. Contact verizon and have them increase the number of rings before the call goes to voicemail. Mine is at 8 rings

Get a basic smartphone with the basic prepaid plan. You can disable the tiny data plan that come with plan
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:10 PM
 
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You want something like a Swisstone phone, but it's not going to work on Verizon, and you have to make sure it's tri-band, and it won't be 4g.


https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07B4M5MYL


Yes, you have to order it from Europe, login to your Amazon like you would regularly and buy.

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Old 04-14-2019, 07:27 PM
 
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Sorry for the confusion, you need to login, look at seller options, choose amazon, and it'll ship to USA in like 2 weeks or quicker until delivered to your door, from Europe. Also it needs a fat sim chip not the new micro sims.

https://www.amazon.de/gp/offer-listi...language=en_GB


You'll also need a plug adapter.
https://www.amazon.com/ANRANK-U10096...r/dp/B01DT0R98

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Old 04-14-2019, 08:42 PM
 
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Will check into increasing the number of rings on the line or suggest to her, thanks Mr5150.

nedergras, the Swisstone is like the phone form factor my relative would like, plus the price euros to US$ is right, but it has to work on a US carrier, which has coverage in the States. T-Mobile, for example, would, but again, area where relative lives has weak to nonexistent coverage with that carrier. Not sure Vodafone, Verizon bought years ago, that coverage would translate back to the States. Also though I have an Amazon USA account, am unsure can buy at other country Amazon sites (never had need before to try), plus struggling to translate the verbiage in the Amazon link you sent for the phone, even the 2nd one, with what little can remember of many years ago high school German.

Smartphones are out, as tried relative on mine multiple times, and ends up opening apps unexpectedly. Unless there is another candy bar type phone out there, a flip phone with not as tight of hinge to open is workable for my relative, like many older people, has hands that have trouble getting jar lids open, even ones opened before. Or if there is a part of one end on one of the two flip section pieces that a fingernail can help open, that expect will work also. Unfortunately blogs and reviews online don't tell you that, unless read hundreds of user reviews for dozens of phones online, to find that needle in the haystack. Am sure, not have the only relative with this hand issue, so hoping someone with family member experience can also chime in.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:34 PM
 
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Will check into increasing the number of rings on the line or suggest to her, thanks Mr5150.

nedergras, the Swisstone is like the phone form factor my relative would like, plus the price euros to US$ is right, but it has to work on a US carrier, which has coverage in the States. T-Mobile, for example, would, but again, area where relative lives has weak to nonexistent coverage with that carrier. Not sure Vodafone, Verizon bought years ago, that coverage would translate back to the States. Also though I have an Amazon USA account, am unsure can buy at other country Amazon sites (never had need before to try), plus struggling to translate the verbiage in the Amazon link you sent for the phone, even the 2nd one, with what little can remember of many years ago high school German.

Smartphones are out, as tried relative on mine multiple times, and ends up opening apps unexpectedly. Unless there is another candy bar type phone out there, a flip phone with not as tight of hinge to open is workable for my relative, like many older people, has hands that have trouble getting jar lids open, even ones opened before. Or if there is a part of one end on one of the two flip section pieces that a fingernail can help open, that expect will work also. Unfortunately blogs and reviews online don't tell you that, unless read hundreds of user reviews for dozens of phones online, to find that needle in the haystack. Am sure, not have the only relative with this hand issue, so hoping someone with family member experience can also chime in.

T-mobile's 4g coverage is almost as good as Verizon's now, but that phone is 2g so the coverage should be even better.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:51 PM
 
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Actually their 2g coverage isn't as good as their 4g, and they're shutting down their 2g network at the end of 2020. Ugh I hate modern technology. 4g is no where near as secure. 5g being rushed out the door, probably moreso.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:55 AM
 
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Older relative has a LG Revere basic CDMA flip phone with Verizon which only uses for calls (texting disabled on account). Problem is with arthritis and other hand issues, by the time she gets that phone open, she has missed the call after five rings. This phone has to be replaced with a 4G LTE phone as Verizon first, around 12/31/2019, and other carriers are shutting down their older CDMA networks. Ideally looking for one of those candy bar/slab phones, not a smartphone, a basic phone, but unsure if they make any of those for 4G LTE service as already checked phonescoop.com. Otherwise, an easier to open flip phone, one with not as tight hinge, am thinking. Verizon or AT&T service are both fine for this need, but Sprint and T-Mobile service is marginal in her home area. Even a MVNO reseller is fine, even Jitterbug, but unsure if their flip phone is easy to open or not.

The LG Exalt flip phone recently bought is a phone longer in length vs the LG Revere she once had, so now 1st hand experience that works better for my older relative with her opening it up.
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