GreatCall, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. have introduced a unique combination of personalized services and mobile phone Jitterbug. This new concept focuses on the simplicity and is targeted primarily at baby boomers and their parents. The personalized services include 24-hour operator assistance service, easy-to-retrieve voice messages, clear notification when a call is missed, toll free secure access to a personal phone list from any phone.
Two Jitterbug handsets, specially designed by Samsung - Jitterbug Dial and Jitterbug OneTouch are offered. Both devices have a comfortable ergonomic shape and feature large and bright easy-to-use buttons, easy-to-read screen and padded earpiece to reduce outside noise and provide loud and clear sound. The phones also make a dial tone sound when opened and provide one-touch access to an operator.
The Jitterbug Dial was approved by the FCC back in January this year as Samsung SPH-A120. Its numbering and the fact that it is a dual-mode CDMA/AMPS phone, makes us think that it will be available from Sprint.
The Jitterbug OneTouch has three oversized buttons instead of the traditional keypad and is very useful for older or disabled consumers. One of the buttons will connect them with the operator, the other with 911 and the third can be programmed to suit the user's needs.
Jitterbug phones and services are planned to be tested this summer and the commercial launch is scheduled for after Labor Day. There's no word on pricing.