We have discussed in earlier blog posts the pros and cons of having a home phone and indeed there are statistics that show that amongst younger people there is a tendency towards ditching the traditional telephone and relying solely upon a mobile. Indeed for an itinerant social media junkie a smartphone will do everything one needs.
However there is a growing population of older people – seniors as they are sometimes labelled – who rely upon their home phones for all their communications. There are many reasons for them not wanting to use a mobile – although the uptake of new technology is surprisingly rapid amongst the older generation some still prefer the familiarity of a landline phone. Further to this there are also lower costs involved in using a landline telephone unless you are on a regular contract.
Why Seniors tend to prefer to use home phones
- if you have dexterity issues a larger buttoned home phone is easier to use
- if you wear a hearing aid an induction loop will help conversation
- they are reliable and don’t need recharging constantly
- sound quality is clearer in many places
- some seniors prefer the simplicity of a home phone/
Of course the definition of “senior” is itself rapidly changing as the average age in the UK increases and the age at which technological expertise is acquired has leaped.
The most popular home phones for seniors are perhaps the BT 4000 and BT 4500 ranges which combine ease of use with high levels of accessibility. On the other hand many seniors prefer the simple accessibility of a corded phone such as a BT Converse of a Big Button Phone – that way you never have to worry about charging, they work in a power cut and you always know where they are.
Just read this article : http://www.skynews.com.au/news/tech/2014/07/22/landline-phones-still-in-vogue-for-seniors.html indicating the same happens down under as well.