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Knack or Coupe? Which is best for an elderly parent?

Danny Boy

Jan 26, 2009, 9:34 PM
My mother is on the VZW family share plan and calls me frequently but sometimes she really wants my brother. I think it's because she can't see the keys or the display well enough. I noticed that VZW is marketing two different phones to senior citizens, the Samsung Knack and the UTStarcom Coupe. Mom doesn't use any features other than voice calls. No surfing, e-mail, video, text messages, etc. Any ideas about which would be the best option?

Jan 26, 2009, 9:45 PM
I would say the Knack. It's newer and seems like a nice phone.... sold several of them. The Coupe was just... uggg...

Jan 30, 2009, 9:21 AM
Agreed, bigger buttons and display writing as well. very easy to use all around.

Jan 27, 2009, 5:54 PM
The knack for sure. Just bought it for my mom and she loves it

Jan 28, 2009, 8:07 AM
I recently got my mom a Jitterbug. I can honestly say that for an elderly person, the Jitterbug is awesome. It has a dial tone, a big display with big numbers, ultra-simple to use, and LIVE 24 hour operator assistance. Everything about the phone, the service and the plan was very well thought out and taylored to elderly or technology challenged people. Oh, and once you buy the phone there is no contract. It's as little as (I think) $12 or so a month. It's worth a look.
Danny Boy

Jan 28, 2009, 9:53 AM
Matt_a said:
I recently got my mom a Jitterbug.

Since my brother added her to his VZW plan, I'm not paying so it's not my call. Plus, if she calls any of the family (we're all on VZW) using any other phone it will eat up our minutes, plus hers. She still has a landline so she can use that in case of emergency.

Jan 28, 2009, 11:23 AM
Well, look at it like this...the Jitterbug is a Samsung product, as is the Knack.

I say the Knack.

Feb 1, 2013, 2:11 PM
Knack. I text only under protest.
Alexander Graham Bell intended the telephone to be used for talking. I respect my elders, although there seem to be less of them every year.
Seriously, I like this phone so much that I found two for sale and bought them for spares in case mine dies. First one I had ate itself.
With Verizon, all I had to do was register each phone (activate) at no charge. Easy to do:
1. Call Verizon
2. Turn off the current phone
3. Give them the EIN (they check for stolen)
4. Power on the new phone
5. Dial *228 and choose option 1.
Phone will be activated and will reboot and voila! un nouveau téléphone.
I went through that procedure three times (new phone 1, new phone 2 and old phone (back in service). Then I we...

Feb 2, 2013, 3:48 PM
This thread is four years old Smile

Feb 2, 2013, 4:07 PM
Jellz said:
This thread is four years old Smile

So you monitor and respond to folks that enter into old threads? I guess I have to ask: how old are you?
The Knack is still available, has a charging stand and is still a good phone for folks that just want a phone and not a Captain Kirk pocket computer. I came on this thread by accident. How about you? I inserted an opinion about the phone. You inserted an opinion about the thread. Suggest you get a life.

Feb 2, 2013, 5:35 PM
How do you "accidentally" find a 4 year old post that just HAPPENS to coincide with the phone you're trying to push?

Feb 2, 2013, 8:51 PM
By doing a google search to find out how to make the auto-retry function work, since Samsung didn't put it in the UG. One thing that didn't occur to me was that me liking a phone made me a pusher.
Used to run into folks that were a-holes on AOL, but you could click ignore and they went back under their rock.
I made the mistake of clicking notify on new replies.
Won't do that again.

Feb 2, 2013, 9:26 PM
The Internet has changed much since those heady days of AOL. Not that much, though.

Feb 2, 2013, 9:45 PM
No wonder you're such a fan of an obsolete phone.

Feb 2, 2013, 7:11 PM
Do you think that you added anything new to this conversation?

There is a very real chance that the person in question is

1.) No longer looking at these phones wondering which to buy
2.) No longer looking at these forums waiting for a response to the thread

But you DID however bump a fairly useless topic (both of these phones are EOL and hard to get unless you order online) praising the values of a phone that fits a very niche market. There are more current phones that accomplish the same tasks as the Knack that are newer, have more technological options and are still very easy to find.

So......yeah, thanks for your input. I'm sure that it was very well recieved to the person that was looking for it. Rolling Eyes


Feb 1, 2009, 10:58 PM
so the knack is the best Smile

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