Have you heard about Jitterbug phones yet?
Basically they are cell phones like they used to be – or maybe even easier. They don’t have any unnecessary features and are really just good at one thing; being a phone.
The Jitterbug J
They just recently launched their new Jitterbug J Cell Phone. According to the website…
“Jitterbug provides industry leading, U.S. Based Customer Service available 24 hours a day. Friendly, 24-hour Jitterbug Operators greet you by name, connect calls, update your Phone Book and provide directory assistance. Jitterbug makes it easy to keep in touch, with a brighter color screen and a thinner, patented design that delivers clear sound while reducing background noise. We’ve expanded our affordable rate plans and nationwide service starts at just $14.99 per month. With Jitterbug, there are no contracts, long distance or roaming fees and no prepaid hassles.”
Available service plans
When looking at the Jitterbug service plans the first thing you notice is that they start very cheap. I haven’t seen a plan for $14.99 since 1997 – it doesn’t offer much, but for the person who truly wants to have a cell phone only for emergencies, that is a lot better than the cheapest plan at the major companies. I should also mention that the minutes rollover from month to month.
The higher end plans seem to be a bit pricey compared to what you would get from Verizon or AT&T, but then again you aren’t tied to a contract with this phone.
My thoughts about the Jitterbug
In reading a few Jitterbug reviews it seems like the phone is perfect for Seniors – which is clearly their target market. The buttons are big, the display is bright and clear, there isn’t a camera or memory cards to deal with, and everything is very simple to use. While I am supposed to be the age of someone who would hate this phone, as a wannabe minimalist, I feel a little attraction to it. I don’t like using cell phones and prefer to use a corded landline or even better – talking in person!
But either way, I see this phone as a viable option for…
- Seniors – who can’t (or refuse) to figure out how to use “normal” cell phones.
- Those who want a very cheap monthly cell phone bill – $14.99.
- Those who want to avoid contracts with their cell phone company.
The thing I don’t like about Jitterbug is that you have to pay for the phone upfront. It costs $149 and most of us are so used to getting tremendously discounted phones that paying for a phone this simple is a little bit of a bummer.
Jitterbug cell phone video review
The video review below was created in 2006 and apparently the two issues he brings up (the low battery indicator and charging plug) have been improved in the new version (Jitterbug J). But it still provides some good detailed info about the phone and how it functions.
I have added a video look at the newest version of the Jitterbug phone…
What about you? Do you use Jitterbug for a cell phone or know someone who does?