Sunday, December 4, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 
holidayextravaganza2016.pdf

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found


VideoFound: Dog, chocolate color, on old Pittman Rd., be prepared to prove it's your dog, looking for owner. Call or text Tammy at 830-391-6662.
Lost: Male Great Pyrenees, all white, double dew claws on back legs, sweet, shy, not aggressive, Nov. 10, C.R. 404/405, neighbors heard 2 shots, any information appreciated. 830-393-0801.
Found: Red Chihuahua, male, friendly but frightened, need to find his owner, in Floresville. 830-534-6413.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Be skeptical of ads that say you can make lots of money working from the comfort of your home. If this were true, wouldn’t we all be working at home?
ENTRY LEVEL HEAVY equipment operator career. Get trained - Get certified - Get hired! Bulldozers, backhoes, and excavators. Immediate lifetime job placement. VA benefits. 1-866-362-6497.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

South Texas Living


Simplified smartphone options




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Jim Miller
March 4, 2015 | 3,161 views | Post a comment

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’m interested in getting my 72-year-old mother a smartphone, but want to get one that’s very easy for her to use. What can you recommend?

Shopping Around

Dear Shopping,

There are several different ways you can go about getting your mom a simplified smartphone that’s easy for her to use. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend, here are some different options to consider.

Simplify a Used Phone

The cheapest way to set your mom up with an easy-to-use, uncomplicated smartphone is to get her a second-hand android phone, and install a senior-friendly “launcher app” on it, which is a user interface software application.

This type of launcher will turn the appearance and performance of most android smartphone into a simplified phone with big understandable icons for commonly used features (phone, text messaging, camera, contacts, etc.) and no excess clutter. Most launchers can also be customized to fit your mom’s needs and preferences.

There are a variety of launcher apps available today that provide this type of technology and are completely free to use. Some popular options include, Necta Launcher (launcher.necta.us), Wiser (wiser-me.com), Seniors Phone (seniorsphone.mobi), Fontrillo (fontrillo.com), and Big Launcher (biglauncher.com), which also offers an upgraded version for $9.

Or, if you have an old Apple iPhone that you’d like to convert, check out Silverline Mobile (silverline.mobi) that converts both Apple and androids for free.

Purchase a New Phone

If you’re interested in purchasing your mom a new smartphone, you have options here too. For starters, you could purchase her a smartphone that’s specifically designed for seniors, like GreatCall’s Touch3 that costs $150 (with no contract) at greatcall.com or 1-800-918-8543. This is an android phone, made by Samsung, that has a 4-inch touchscreen and provides a simple menu list to often-used features like the phone, text messages, camera, pictures, email, and Internet, along with your contacts and apps.

It also offers a variety of health and safety features like the “5Star app” that would let your mom speak to a certified agent 24/7 that could identify her location and get her the help she needs. “Urgent Care,” which provides access to registered nurses and doctors for advice and diagnoses. And “MedCoach,” which sends medication reminders.

Another way you could go is to purchase her a standard/mainstream smartphone that provides a built-in “Easy Mode” or “Simple” feature in the phone’s settings. This will let you convert the phone into a much simpler mode of operation, that provides larger, well labeled icons, to only commonly-used functions like the phone, camera, messaging, Internet, pictures, contacts, and her favorite apps.

Smartphones that offer the “Easy Mode” or “Simple” feature include the Samsung Galaxy phones, which are available through most cell phone carriers at prices typically ranging between $400 and $850 without a contract. Or, for a more budget-friendly option, the Huawei Vision 2 and Huawei Ascend Mate 2, which you can buy as an unlocked phone or through Consumer Cellular (consumercellular.com, 888-345-5509) for $80 or $225 without a contract. Consumer Cellular is a top-rated no-contract service provider that also offers discounts to AARP members.

A nice advantage of getting your mom a mainstream phone is that if she masters the Easy/Simple mode (or gets bored with it), and is ready to expand her skills, you can always switch the phone back to the standard operation mode exposing her to more options. You can also add any number of health and safety features to her phone, like what the Touch3 offers, by downloading their apps at greatcall.com/medical-apps.

Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC “Today” show and author of The Savvy Senior. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

South Texas Living Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Ballet school plans Dec. 3 performance (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Celebrate the holidays at Christmas Along the Corridor (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Church plans Children’s Christmas Party (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Coca-Cola tray (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Counting our blessings for the wonderful care from the VA, part II (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Elmendorf to offer parade, festivities (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Experience O’ Bethlehem at St. Ann’s (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Happy 10th birthday, Mu Chi! (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. LV Lions Craft Show (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Make memories at River Bend Rejoice (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Recalling the community that once was Camp Ranch (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Sheriff Santa Soup Kitchen is Dec. 4 (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Shop LVUMC annual Christmas Bazaar (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale FFA honors former students with tree dedication (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale Main Street Christmas Dec. 3 (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Stockdale Masonic Lodge plans Pancake Breakfast (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. There’s no excuse for going hungry (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Yulefest in Seguin Dec. 4 (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘Enjoy Hometown Christmas Cheer’ in Floresville Dec. 9 (November 30, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Alone for the Holidays (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Apply for upcoming Master Gardener class (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Arrange a phone call from Santa (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Bishop honored for promotion of Polish heritage (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Christmas on the Svoboda farm in the 1920s (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous offers free meetings (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Get to dancing at the Floresville Opry Christmas Spectacular! (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Heartwarming holiday recipes from Wilson County cooks (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Holiday Covered Dish Dinner (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Letters from Wilson County, Part II (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Library’s grand reopening set (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lutheran church plans Christmas Market (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mesquite Traildrivers Craft Show, Cook-off is Nov. 26 (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Photo exhibit shows Opry in its prime (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Retired school group to meet in La Vernia (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. St. Ann’s invites women to day retreat (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Teen MOPS plans meetings (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Trinket box (November 23, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Army drafts Elvis, fans get ‘All Shook Up’ (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chalkware dog (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Church Thanksgiving Service (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Community Thanksgiving Service is Nov. 20 (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Counting our blessings for the wonderful care from the VA, part I (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Donate to ‘Fill The Bed’ through Nov. 17 (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Don’t spend it all in one place (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy a free Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 24 (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Get your turkey dinner in St. Hedwig (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hear ‘Sounds of the Season’ in Boerne cave (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Jubilarians honored for milestone anniversaries (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lone Star Greys to honor members (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo releases 2017 entertainment (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save the date for Roger Winkler Music Fest! (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Tickets on sale for SS Museum Banquet (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TOPS to meet Nov. 17 (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Trot with Road Runners group (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Young ‘phenom,’ Freddy Amaro, is taking his best shot (November 16, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Barbecue benefit to honor veteran (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Battling heart disease in women (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy Farm Day at Mission San Juan (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. FHS class of ’53 reunites (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Flower garden ashtray (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia drum major keeps the beat (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Medicare Open Enrollment (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pardon our dust! New mywcn.com under construction (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Participate in an Immersive Music Experience (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pecan Jubilee packed with free fun (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Post 38 plans Spaghetti Dinner (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Poth pitcher pushes to new limits (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register to Tee Off For Teachers (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Save your spot for Acoustic Music Camp (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See Shakespeare in the Park (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Voices and laughter ring down through the years (November 9, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Alamodome to house Music for All’s Bands competition (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Art deco (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Black Hill turkey dinner is Nov. 6 (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chili & Bean Cook-off is Nov. 12 (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Craft show, cook-off seeks vendors, grillers (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. En pointe – turning dreams into dancing (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Get crafty at LVISD Community Education classes (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Helping ancestors rest in peace (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Learn how to propagate native plants (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Oak Hills Church plans Fall Sale (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Recalling the times and people with polio (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register for Pecan Jubilee bake-off (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Sculpture exhibit entries (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. See the Alamo Metro Chorus in ‘Music Con’ (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Seniors as roommates (November 2, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Walk to help end hunger Nov. 6 (November 2, 2016)
WCN Photo Contest HHF
WWII Clippings HHF
Coupon Q&A HHF-right
coupon home-rght
Friesenhahn Custom WeldingVoncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC ExpertsHeavenly Touch home