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(Some Guy)   New cell phone targets the over 50 crowd with giant buttons and an oldschool dial tone, which begs the question: do we really want to make it easier for the elderly to be on the phone while driving?   (dailynews.com) divider line 74
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2006-11-02 12:43:08 AM
Just make them as large as the old-school cellphones, and it'll be impossible to use them while driving.
 
2006-11-02 12:58:43 AM
No one should be on the phone while driving. Anyone who does it is a giant asshole.
 
2006-11-02 01:09:57 AM
keep a phone booth in the trunk just in case
 
2006-11-02 01:54:50 AM
monty666: Anyone who does it is a giant asshole.

I'm sorry that my ability to concentrate on more than one task offends you so deeply.
 
2006-11-02 02:18:33 AM
Yes, submitter, God forbid we should wish to make a proven lifesaving technology accessible to our older population.

Besides, maybe it'll distract them enough that they won't be attracted to farmer's markets.
 
2006-11-02 02:44:05 AM
HAHAHAHA! Bite me, Subtard
 
2006-11-02 04:26:31 AM
I depends on my cell phone.
 
2006-11-02 06:02:04 AM
Great, another "using a cell phone when driving" flamewar.
 
2006-11-02 06:10:06 AM
"Begs the question" does not mean "raises the question."

/yeah, pedantic
 
2006-11-02 06:16:23 AM
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2006-11-02 06:16:48 AM
Cool, now another defendant to add to the lawsuit.
 
2006-11-02 06:41:29 AM
From someone with rather large fingers that has to punch the numbers with his little finger to avoid multiple key presses... bigger buttons sound like a great thing. Yeah, I use all the features, but the most important thing to me is being able to make a FARKing phone call.

The phones really don't look that bad either... link to features/picture page
 
2006-11-02 06:43:34 AM
monty666: No one should be on the phone while driving. Anyone who does it is a giant asshole.

Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?
 
2006-11-02 06:50:56 AM
Dig those targeted ads for Parkinsons treatement
 
2006-11-02 06:51:33 AM
Ummmmm.... Nowhere in the article does it mention using the phone while driving. There are an increasing number of people out there that just want basic phones. We don't text, we don't take pictures. Like Dufus says, we just want to make a FARKing phone call.
 
2006-11-02 06:54:07 AM
mc2880: I'm sorry that my ability to concentrate on more than one task offends you so deeply.

I'm sorry that you're foolish enough to believe that you can devote all your attention to driving (which you need to do, otherwise you won't be able to avoid whatever unexpected thing suddenly moves into your path) AND devote most of your attention to the conversation that's so engrossing that it can't wait until you get out of the car.


/You're not special
//You just don't think far enough ahead
 
2006-11-02 07:02:40 AM
I think these are a great idea. My husband has problems seeing the buttons on his cell. I'm going to get him one of these as soon as we get back to the states.

/Now all you kids get off my lawn.
//and next time I'm keeping the ball.
 
2006-11-02 07:04:48 AM
They should make rotary cell phones.
 
2006-11-02 07:06:07 AM
It'll go great with the old-school bluetooth handset:

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Available here
 
2006-11-02 07:07:58 AM
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Jitterbug Dial

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Jitterbug OneTouch
 
2006-11-02 07:08:44 AM
I still have one of these babys at home:

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Only beige, I found it on a flea market and just HAD to have it. It actually still works, I mainly use it for the hella hard ring which you can hear troughout the house. ^_^ I put a printed C= Commodore logo under the disk.

Some guy my parents know still has one made of antracit, even older than my phone.
 
2006-11-02 07:09:39 AM
Jitterbug Dial™
Ideal if you want an easy-to-use mobile phone to dial direct and keep in touch.

Priced at only $147.00

Key Features :

* Large, backlit and bright easy-to-see buttons
* Full keypad for dialing yourself
* Simple "Yes" and "No" action buttons - no confusing icons
* Press "0" to reach a live Jitterbug operator
* Helpful onscreen hints
* Large text on screen


That's Not All :

* A personal phone list stored on the phone with easy access
* Hearing-aid compatible
* Padded earpiece to reduce outside noise
* Familiar dialtone when ready to call
* Convenient no-mistake volume control
* Easy-to-use message service and retrieval
* Separate on/off button
* Fits comfortably in your hand and around your ear
* Easy speakerphone activations
* Easy to do-it-yourself, ask a friend or have us update your phone list and features at your personal, secure Jitterbug web page

Jitterbug OneTouch™
A smart choice if you want the security of having a cell phone in your car, purse or pocket for an emergency.

Priced at only $147.00

Key Features :

* Press Operator to reach a live Jitterbug operator
* A middle direct dial button personalized for you
* One-touch access to 911 services
* Large backlit and bright easy-to-see buttons
* Helpful onscreen hints
* Simple "Yes" and "No" action buttons - no confusing icons


That's Not All :

* A personal phone list stored on the phone with easy access
* Hearing-aid compatible
* Padded earpiece to reduce outside noise
* Familiar dial tone when ready to call
* Convenient no-mistake volume control
* Easy-to-use message service and retrieval
* Separate on/off button
* Fits comfortably in your hand and around your ear
* Easy speakerphone activation
* Easy to do-it-yourself, ask a friend or have us update your phone list and features at your personal, secure Jitterbug web page
 
2006-11-02 07:31:40 AM
www.txroadrunners.com
 
2006-11-02 07:31:58 AM
do we really want to make it easier for the elderly to be on the phone while driving?

Because our "teen just learning how to drive but have to text while doing so underlords" (whew) are such great drivers?
 
2006-11-02 07:42:48 AM
Lighten up on the "talking and driving" crap...smitty meant it as a joke. He just forgot to include a farmer's market reference...
 
2006-11-02 07:47:05 AM
x.gadgetmaniac.com
 
2006-11-02 07:48:37 AM
I like how they charge for emergency use only. Perhaps they hope that people do not know that all phones can dial 911, even if the service is turned off?
 
2006-11-02 07:48:43 AM
castufari: Because our "teen just learning how to drive but have to text while doing so underlords" (whew) are such great drivers?

I don't think many would disagree. But it's not like the truth of one precludes the truth of the other.
 
2006-11-02 08:04:53 AM
monty666: No one should be on the phone while driving. Anyone who does it is a giant asshole.

I think that I saw an ad a while back for a car with a laptop built in, or a dock or something.
 
2006-11-02 08:05:07 AM
Sue D. Nymme
"Begs the question" does not mean "raises the question."
/yeah, pedantic


Rules are rule. We need to crack down on this particular misuse. I even heard it on NPR. Somebody heard it once and thought it sounded cool; never knowing what it meant.

If it makes you feel better, I am fussier.
When people say, "In the future, we will strive to be more... blah blah"

The thing that gets me there is that EVERYTHING takes place in the future. You do not have to say you are going to do something in the future. Just say you are going to start doing it.
 
2006-11-02 08:18:51 AM
But which way is the Country Kitchen?
 
2006-11-02 08:22:18 AM
"Begs the question" does not mean "raises the question."
 
2006-11-02 08:27:45 AM
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2006-11-02 08:32:38 AM
If you can't make it play Jay-Z/G Unit ring tones, my grandmother will have none of it!
 
2006-11-02 08:34:44 AM
"Begs the question" does not mean "raises the question."

/me hugs Sue D. Nymme.
/me mumbles about "could/couldn't care less" as his favorite.
 
2006-11-02 08:40:39 AM
Actually my mom is fine with her phone. Now if I could just get her to turn the damned thing on. She carries it, but leaves it off. Fraking maddening.
 
2006-11-02 08:40:40 AM
dkh7m

you win
 
2006-11-02 08:50:54 AM
Anybody know if these are CDMA? I'd love to take one to Verizon and ask them to activate it on my plan.

My fat fingers need something besides these tiny little keys.
 
2006-11-02 08:52:58 AM
GPS Device that directs seniors to the nearest farmers market comes standard.
 
2006-11-02 08:59:41 AM
/me mumbles about "could/couldn't care less" as his favorite.

Doesn't hold a candle to "irregardless"...

//not a usage Nazi at all...but that one drives me crazy
 
2006-11-02 09:12:47 AM
www.global-air.com
 
2006-11-02 09:13:16 AM
TedLNancy:

They resell their own service, but I'd give 'em a buzz and see if they'll sell you a handset seperately, if they are cdma, and you have service already.
 
2006-11-02 09:15:57 AM
Great, so now thousands of elderly will go insane over confusing their giant cell phones with their tv remotes...
 
2006-11-02 09:21:47 AM
Zaago: "Rules are rule."
Really?
 
2006-11-02 09:23:06 AM
At $147 they seem a little pricey for a basic cell phone.
 
2006-11-02 09:28:29 AM
it's an interesting idea, and one that i think has a definite audience.

my parents aren't of mowing-down-farmers-markets age yet, but my dad in particular has occasional problems with the super-tiny buttons on most modern cell phones (years of working with his hands, a couple of injuries, and arthritis don't help).

it wouldn't have to be all fisher-price like these jitterbugs are, but it would be nice if they would make more basic cellphones available for people like my folks who don't need all the bells and whistles and don't need for the phone to be so tiny.
 
2006-11-02 09:31:34 AM
p.s.

any other former users of the REALLY old-school cellphones?

i'm talking about the one that was in a bag and had a cord and everything.

we still have it; as my dad used to work for bellsouth, we have enough stuff to start a museum of telecommunications... :)
 
2006-11-02 09:33:57 AM
I used to be a pilot in the army, I could fly an OH-58 Helicopter, Talk to the tower on one freq, talk to ground support on another, had a map strapped to my leg, monitored fuel consumption, kept an eye out for any threat on the ground, all while flying VERY close to the ground (NOE) and hiding behind trees...

I feel I have proven myself to drive a car while holding a cellphone..

/-1/9 Air Cav - air mobile!
//Apocolypse now quote :)
 
2006-11-02 09:38:24 AM
unchikun: any other former users of the REALLY old-school cellphones?

i'm talking about the one that was in a bag and had a cord and everything.


My boss used his on his boat until a few years ago. I think he still has it. I'm not sure if you can still use them on current networks.
 
2006-11-02 09:44:16 AM
I was run off the road just yesterday by some stupid woman yakking on her cell phone. She veered over into the oncoming traffic lane (my lane) and seemed completely oblivious to that fact. She was completely wrapped up in her ever-so-important conversation with her manicurist or whatever. I had to swerve off the road to avoid her. As she passed, I looked over at her and she didn't even notice what had happened.

Really, you should NOT use a cell phone while driving (especially if you're brain-dead to begin with).
 
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