Hands-on review of the Jitterbug Touch3 smartphone
We tested GreatCall’s Jitterbug Touch3 smartphone for seniors so we could share our real-life experience and opinions with you. If you’re considering a touch-screen mobile phone for your older adult, this 4 part hands-on review lets you know if the Touch3 is right for them.
In the coming weeks, we’ll talk about how families use the GreatCall Link app to make sure their senior is safe, details about pricing, health and safety services, and monthly fees, and what older adults and caregivers are saying about the phone.
What is the Jitterbug Touch3?
The Jitterbug Touch3 is a mobile phone with a 4 inch touch screen. It lets older adults easily make phone calls, send text messages, take pictures, send and receive email, browse the Internet, and more.
What makes it different from other smartphones is that it has an easy-to-use list-style menu and comes with health and safety services designed especially for seniors. It also comes with the GreatCall Link app which allows family members to discreetly check in to make sure everything is ok.
(L to R) Lock screen, home screen, Internet browser
Why is the Jitterbug Touch3 good for seniors?
- Simplified list-style menus make it easy to use
- Large fonts and bright colors on a 4 inch touch screen make things easy to see
- Hearing aid compatible
Special health and safety apps and add-on services
- One button access to 5Star Medical Alert Agents
- Smartphone app that keeps family caregivers informed
- Medication reminders
- Friendly, automated check-in calls
- Anytime access to live, registered nurses and board-certified doctors
- Affordable heart monitor
- Personal assistant to help with directions, make appointments, etc.
Who would enjoy using the Jitterbug Touch3?
Many older adults would like this phone. Even if your senior doesn’t need texting, email, or Internet capabilities, the 4 inch touch screen makes it easier to navigate menus and make phone calls versus older flip-style phones.
For older adults who are mobile and leave the house frequently, this is a great choice. But even if your senior stays home most of the time, it’s convenient to keep this phone in their pocket. It’s easy to access and they won’t have to rush across the room to pick up a ringing landline phone.
How does the Jitterbug Touch3 help families?
Caregivers get peace of mind knowing that their older adult has an easy-to-use mobile phone that helps keep them safe.
For families, the best parts of the Touch3 are the health and safety services. 5Star is available to help your senior anytime. The GreatCall Link app allows you to find out where they are and if the phone has enough power. Regular mobile phones don’t come with these features.
Pricing and monthly fees
The original cost of the Touch3 is $179, but it’s offered at a discount on the GreatCall website ($150, updated to the new and improved Jitterbug Smart) and through other retailers like Amazon (currently $114, but pricing changes frequently).
Affordable monthly voice and data plans start at $18/month and optional health and safety packages start at $20/month.
Stay tuned, we’ll cover pricing, fees, and services we recommend in more detail in the coming weeks.
Overall, we love the Touch3 and highly recommend it. It’s perfect for seniors who’d appreciate the ease of use and added safety and health features. It’s excellent for families because it gives you peace of mind that your older adult is safe and going about their usual activities.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff