ZTE's first Japanese handset designed for elderly users

SOS button will automatically make calls, send messages in event of emergency

Chinese handset and telecommunication equipment maker ZTE showed off its first handset designed for Japan, a model that's intended for elderly cell-phone users.

The Softbank 840Z is a clam-shell handset with many of the usual features found in such phones, such as dual cameras for taking pictures and videocalls, as well as the ability to make calls or surf the Web using Softbank's HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) 3G network. But the phone also has several features designed for senior citizens.

Among the elderly-friendly features are an SOS button that can be activated in the event of an emergency. When the button is pressed, the phone will call and send text messages to a predefined list of users. The phone's Assisted GPS (A-GPS) can also be used to locate the user, ZTE said.

The phone also has a button that blinks to notify users of a missed call or unread text message.

Devices and services designed for older users are big business in Japan. The country's population is aging faster than the U.S. or Western Europe.

In 2005, there were 28.2 million Japanese over the age of 65, representing 22.1 percent of the country's population. That number is expected to reach 31.8 percent by 2030, according to government estimates. By comparison, 19.8 percent of the U.S. population is expected to be over the age of 65 in 2030.

Tags elderly-friendly handsetJapanmobile phoneZTE

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service

1 Comment

tom

1

www.senirophone.com.au have been selling simple easy to use mobile phones for the past 2 years. Big buttons, emergency SOS button, speed dials etc.

You can pay with paypal too and get it express posted which is a bonus

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?