Emporia Introduces Grandma and Grandpa to the Clamshell Cell Phone

Emporia, a mobile phone manufacturer that makes phones for seniors, announced its first clamshell offering today at IFA 2011 in Berlin. EmporiaCLICK is SMS capable, and is the first of Emporia’s cell phones to include a camera. There’s no doubt grandma and grandpa are getting a little more tech-savvy these days, but the most important features of emporiaCLICK have to do with safety and accessibility.

On the back of the phone, a button can be pressed in case of an emergency that will emit an acoustic alarm to the nearby area, then call a list of five stored numbers, one after the other. In that chain of five, any call that goes to voicemail or an answering machine will be cut off immediately, and the next number will be dialed. There are also three dedicated speed dial keys on the keypad.

The speakers on the phone are hearing aid compatible, and ringtones can be set at higher than normal volumes. The vibration mode is also more powerful than most, and all incoming calls set off the LED flashlight built in to the phone.

The emporiaCLICK is a solid safety net for seniors, without having the ugly, dated look that a lot of safety net cell phones suffer from. Check it out if grandma or grandpa’s birthday is coming up soon.

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