Located in Carlsbad, California, GreatCall focuses on creating simple cell phones and assistive services for the elderly, giving them and their loved ones some peace of mind as they continue to live independently in their own homes.
GreatCall is a little different from other leading mobile alert systems as it focuses entirely on senior-friendly mobile solutions. These products use state-of-the-art apps and cellular technology to provide many of the same benefits as traditional alert systems, but with a greater reach and more accessibility.
Basically, they’re senior-friendly cell phones, but if you opt for a special package, available for upwards of $19.95 a month, you can add additional emergency response solutions.
We have highlighted some top options from the company’s current product range below:
The Jitterbug Smart2
If your loved ones have been hassling you to get a smartphone but you find them to be too complicated and fiddly, the Jitterbug Smart2 could be just what you’re looking for.
The Jitterbug Smart2 uses a simplified menu system with large and clear buttons. It is not overloaded by unnecessary features and focuses exclusively on the things that seniors want and need, which means you won’t be distracted by endless social media apps and games but will find all of the following:
- Video Chat
- A camera (13mp with flash)
- Email and instant messages
- An internet browser
The screen is 5’5”, which puts it on par with the iPhone 12 Mini. It’s big enough to allow for easy use and to ensure you’re not hitting the wrong buttons, and it’s compact enough to fit into your pocket and use with one hand.
It’s not going to be as powerful as the latest Samsung or iPhone, but it’s still fast, and the lack of superfluous features slowing it down makes it feel much faster than it is.
The Jitterbug Smart2 is available for only $149.99 and you can add an additional security package for upwards of $19.99 a month.
Before the iPhone, flip phones were all the rage. They were compact, convenient, and seemed to be getting smaller with every successive release. These days, they have taken a back seat to large phones and phablets, but GreatCall has brought them back and created a solution that is tailored toward the elderly.
The Lively Flip is a basic flip phone that features large buttons, a big screen, and comes with an additional urgent response button. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa, has a long-lasting battery, and can even be used as a magnifier with a flashlight.
At $99.99, it’s a very affordable solution for elderly users, leaving plenty of room in your budget to add the urgent response service.
Lively Mobile Plus
The Lively Mobile Plus connects you with an emergency response operator at the push of a button and also comes with automatic fall detection built-in. It is waterproof and has a GPS locator to help emergency responders find you.
The Lively Wearable2 is GreatCall’s answer to the smartwatch. It’s a stylish watch that works through your smartphone. It connects to the Lively app and the company’s urgent response service, ensuring you get help quickly and easily.
The Lively Wearable2 costs $49.99 and comes with a step tracker, daily health tips, and 4 months of battery life.