Review: Simple senior friendly phone

With the mobile phone industry continuing to advance and phones only becoming more difficult to understand and operate, it was refreshing to review the latest in senior friendly phone technology. Unlike a traditional phone, the OwnFone is individually customised for the owner in the ordering process, allowing for up to 11 different names and phone numbers to be programmed into the phone.

When ordering my OwnFone to review, I logged onto the website and within five minutes had filled in all the details required and had placed my order. The designing process allows you to choose between word buttons (the name of the contact) or image buttons (a photo of the person’s face). You can then select from either one, three, seven or 11 names and numbers to be programmed into the phone. During the design process you also get to choose from a few different colours and textures. Once the designing process is over, you simply enter the name and contact details of the numbers you wish to have programmed and you are done.

My OwnFone arrived within five business days of placing the order and came charged and programmed as ordered. Each OwnFone comes with a new mobile phone number which is printed on the back of the phone, just in case you forget it (very handy). The OwnFone is certainly a no thrills phone, providing just the very basic functions required. But if that is all you are after, the OwnFone ticked all my boxes for sound volume levels and quality, ease of calling and, most importantly, a long lasting battery life (up to three days).

Price: Between $69-$104
Plans: Prepaid plans starting from $2.50 per week ($30 for three months).
Postpaid plans start from $4.00 per week ($20 per month for 45 minutes of included calls – additional charged at $0.55 per minute). Most plans can be cancelled at any time.

To find out more about the OwnFone, visit www.ownfone.com.au.

Additional comments:
If you are looking to change the contacts you have on your handset, you can  call the helpline to request a reconfiguration and reprint of your handset labels.
Charging the battery from empty to full takes around 1.5 hours and the life of the phone is three days without use. A fully charged phone switched to ‘Shutdown’ on the back of the phone will have sufficient charge to make a call if turned on one year later.
There is no voicemail service on offer.
The OwnFone is covered for a period of 12 months under warranty for breakdown and repair.
The OwnFone is only programmed to work in the country of issue. 

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).
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