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11/25/2004

Mobile phone for the elderly

Japanese carrier TU-KA is targeting the elderly with a new no-nonsense mobile manufactured by Kyocera. The 87 gram phone has large buttons and works as a wireless home phone. There is no LCD panel. Battery life-time (in stand-by mode) is 840 hours — more than a month. The manual is only a few pages thick.
To dial a number, the user first has to push the green button and then enter the number. This reminds us of old home-phone. A smart move from TU-KA to attract potential users that are afraid to use advanced mobiles that come with a 200-page manual.
Kyocera S
TU-KA is part of the KDDI group, and is the smallest carrier with just 3.6 million subscribers as of October 31, 2004.

Posted by Arjen in tu-ka | 22 Comments »


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22 Responses to “Mobile phone for the elderly”

  1. Merry Schaut Says:

    It’s about time! When will it be offered in the U.S.? and How much $ ?

  2. EDWARD Says:

    THIS SOUNDS GREAT MY MOTHER WOULD LOVE THIS. I SPECIALY LIKE IT BECAUSE MY WIFE IS BLIND AND THIS LOOKS LIKE THE PERFECT PHONE FOR HER. WOULD THIS WORK IN THE USA? HOW CAN I GET ONE?

  3. Christina Rose Says:

    I need this phone for my 88 year old mother. Please, I must have a way to buy it NOW, TODAY. Email me ASAP.
    Will it work with Cingular? It’s May 2005 already and it should be available in the USA by now. BUY NOW.

  4. Chris Says:

    Does anyone know whether this phone exists already in the US? I am looking to buy one for my 85 year old granddad.

  5. judy seeto Says:

    Yeh…I need one for my motherinlaw…do they sell it in Australia through their Kyocera Australia…Please advise by the email….
    date 11 Dec 05

  6. Lamar Cole Says:

    Love can still be the sunrise in the twilight of a person’s life.

  7. Marion Says:

    THIS SOUNDS GREAT I WOULD LOVE THIS. WOULD THIS WORK IN CANADA? HOW CAN I GET ONE?

  8. Puneet Sharma Says:

    Hi I am in India. I really like this mobile phone.Can I get this handset in India? If yes then what is the price?

  9. Mike Obijiaku Says:

    Please I need Tu-Ka manual to enable me change the language of my phone from Japanese to English.

    Thank you.

    Mike

  10. Clive Says:

    Is this phone available in Australia and if so, how can I purchase one please?

  11. phil Says:

    where can i buy this phone.

    does it work in uk

    how much is it please

    regards

  12. Sheila Says:

    Hey
    This is the perfect phone for my mum. Can I buy one in the UK??
    Thanks.

  13. Harold Dayton Says:

    Very interested in this phone,
    Where can I get one ??

  14. phyllis parry Says:

    where can i buy one of these phones for my husband who can not see very well

  15. aileen o'carroll Says:

    does this phone work in ireland? how much is it in Euro?

  16. Paul Goodson Says:

    Does this phone have a speed dial facilty and how do i purchase and what is the cost

  17. Lili Goldman Says:

    Where can I get one for my 83 year old father. Does this phone work in Poland?

  18. joseph Says:

    Where is this phone available at?
    Is this available in North America?
    I would like more infos on this phone please.

  19. don Says:

    I need a phone for my elderly mother-in-law it needs to have large buttons and a loud ringtone

  20. what's wrong with these companies??!!? Says:

    obviously, there’s a large demand for this type of product, for real humanitarian reasons (independence and security for the elderly). How FREAKING hard would it be to make an unlocked GSM quadband accessible phone?! Why won’t they do it? Everything is only in Japanese, CDMA-AU, or GSM-900, or CDMA-US like Jitterbug (www.jitterbug.com for those in the US and desperate).

    Why can’t anyone make a phone that I can actually USE in the country where I live? Is this somehow a stupendous feat of engineering?

    Kyocera, Samsung (SPH-A120), Emporia, etc – shame on you! Respect the rights of elderly people all over the world, not just where you feel like it! QUADBAND GSM NOW. Are you stupid, or just mean-spirited? You should feel shame, and I hope one day your engineers all desperately need a product that someone else will REFUSE to make.

  21. USA GSM option coming soon? Says:

    just saw this:
    http://www.engadgetmobile.com/tag/emporialife/

  22. what's wrong with these companies??!!? Says:

    obviously, there’s a large demand for this type of product, for real humanitarian reasons (independence and security for the elderly). How FREAKING hard would it be to make an unlocked GSM quadband accessible phone?! Why won’t they do it?

    Why can’t anyone make a phone that I can actually USE in the country where I live? Is this somehow a stupendous feat of engineering?

    Kyocera, Samsung, Jitterbug, etc. you know that people need stuff like this. Way to stick it to families and old people.

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