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Wireless texting device Answered

Hi everyone,

I'm curious if anyone has ever seen or heard of a wireless texting device that would be suitable for older folks to use.

Basically, I'm thinking a laptop-sized screen with a keyboard (basic functionality) that could stay on at home to receive/send texts for those folks (especially older folks) who cannot or will not use a smartphone or regular laptop.  Some sort of audible signal that as text has been received would be good too. 

Thanks in advance for any and all help.

~J

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

5 years ago

There are several PC based texting services. But why texting when there are so many better ways to communicate with people online with a PC without having to pay for some sort of texting service.

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poeticchampion
poeticchampion

Reply 5 years ago

Thanks.
I'm looking for something which doesn't require being online, like with a PC, but that can receive and respond to texts, like smartphone, but isn't as small, as complicated to use or hard to read due to size of the screen.

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belfastrab
belfastrab

Reply 5 years ago

If you look on Ebay or Amazon there is some very very basic mobile (cell) phones that are designed specifically for elderly people that pretty much just do calls and texts and the buttons are pretty big. If a keyboard is a must then a Blackberry might be a option but they are overly complicated and clunky at the best of times. Anything else like has already been suggested will need internet access.

Not sure why internet access is a issue but why not get a mifi device which is a small box in which a sim card is added so it gets its internet access via mobile (cell) signal but puts out wifi so you can then use a computer with the online texting services as I was originally going to suggest and as others already have. I am assuming the internet issue was cost of installing normal broadband internet where as the mifi device is a one of cost and then the sim card can be pay as you go (top up) if that's not the reason you can't use the internet then something like a old Motorola v100 which you should be able to find for pennies on Ebay although it is now well over 10 years old but was great for texting but made a terrible phone.

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

Reply 5 years ago

Go talk to local cell carriers about tablets. Add a bluetooth keybaord and your all set.

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Computothought
Computothought

5 years ago

You have to be on-line in one way or another.