New handset rolled out for elderly mobile users

05/03/2009

New Handset Rolled Out For Elderly Mobile Users

A new mobile phone handset has been developed especially for use by elderly people.

According to Smarthouse, the ezy100 has a screen designed to display large text, as well has having a backlit keypad for seeing the numbers and letters more easily.

In addition, the phone, developed by Oricom, has an emergency calls function and a facility which allows it to connect easily to hearing aids.

Kevin McDonnell, spokesperson for the firm, said the handset came as a result of customer demand.

"[The] phone makes the simple act of communicating a whole lot easier – something so many of us take for granted," he pointed out.

This news follows the release of a report yesterday (March 4th) from the International Telecommunications Agency, which showed that there are now 4.1 billion mobile phone subscribers across the globe.

The figure is likely to include many elderly mobile users, since the number of people aged 65 and over is increasing, according to the Office for National Statistics.