I wrote about mom’s new princess phone a few days ago. It turns out that that phone didn’t work well with her hearing aids. The sounds were garbled and it didn’t take long before she was frustrated. You might have heard my very deep sigh when I realized that the phone shopping was not over.
I went to Best Buy on Sunday and found this phone by AT&T. It was actually cheaper than the retro princess phone but by this point price was not a consideration. This phone doesn’t have an answering machine and it’s prettly simple. Mom says she is going to ignore the caller ID, calling list, etc, that you see on the back of the handset, but she might end up liking the caller ID.
The other side of the handset is mostly just the numbers. I think they are backlit, but may not be. She is not one to dial in the dark, though, so I don’t think that matters.
I did look online for ‘simple telephones’ and what came up could also have worked except that many of them are really loud. Right now I think they would be too loud for her. This phone is hearing aid compatible and appears to work well with mom’s hearing aids.
The ring volume on the phone is controlled with a button on the side of the base unit (low-med-hi) and the sound in the handset is controlled with a similar button under the numbers on the handset. I think it will be hard to change the sound accidentally. Oh happy day!
The base unit requires 4 AA batteries to make the caller ID work. They don’t come in the box (sigh, back to the store) but they add a needed weight to the base of the phone, even if no one uses the caller ID.
I have high hopes that I’m done phone shopping. Who knew finding the right phone would be this hard?! I hope that this helps those of you who are on a similar hunt. I’m on my way to California today, to visit the
Oceanside SURFSIDE* Quilters Guild in San Clemente. I’ll do my best to post photos on Instagram while I’m gone.
*I’m so sorry to have written the wrong guild name. Deep sigh. In my defense, from my landlocked house in Sherman, TX, the vision of the ocean kept popping into my head…