Senior Cell Phone Not Free

This ad with its color pictures and the words "free"... really gets your attention.
If you're a senior or if you have a loved one who's a senior, you might jump to take advantage of the offer... supposedly available for just 48 hours.
But we found it's not an unbeatable deal.
Mac Napper was intrigued by the ad, boasting about the Safemate with easy to read numbers, large buttons, and great safety features.
He called to get one and even gave the company, Comptek, out of Canton, Ohio his credit card number ... until what was free... suddenly cost a couple hundred dollars.
Mac says, "He couldn't believe I was cancelling out on him. It was such a good deal. It was going to cost me more than I could've gotten 10 other phones for!"
When I called Comptek, I, too was given a hard charging sales pitch. The phone known as the ClarityLife C900... is made by Emporia, an Austria company. It's fairly new and may be a great device, but this isn't the cheapest way to get it.
I was told I didn't have to worry about a contract nor an activation fee, but I'd have to buy 3 months of service for $90. If I terminated early, the cost would be $189.
Another disadvantage... most cell phone companies allow you 14-to 30 days to return it, but this one reportedly doesn't. If you want to send it back... the saleswoman again told me... I would have to pay $189.
The Comptek phone requires you to use T-Mobile, but a local T-Mobile rep told me he could offer better rate plans in the store.
To us the best deal is simply buying the C900 online on your own for $185, then shopping around to find the plan that suits you.
Just remember... you never get something for nothing.
We also found Comptek pitches cheap computers, air conditioners, and fireplace mantles.

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  • by Carson Location: LA on Nov 10, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    I am 76 years old and I bought a Just5 mobile phone for my advantage. There are other cell phones in the market but I prefer this one because of its emergency SOS button that makes it easy for me to contact my doctor and my kids with just a single press. It is a great device for old people like me. If you are interested visit the phone's site at
  • by shambhu Location: VA on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:58 PM
    California was offering a free Jitterbug cell phone to needy seniors through their Technology access program: The phone is free but you still have to pay for the service. You can find a review of the Jitterbug phone at my (commercial) site:
  • by Consumer Cellular Location: Portland, OR on Aug 31, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    There is a free cell phone available for seniors through nationwide cellular provider Consumer Cellular (, a company I work with. Consumer Cellular is the official wireless provider of the AARP and offers a free Motorola W259 with a no-contract cellular plan. As the official AARP provider, members are entitled to a 5% discount on monthly service and 30% off accessories with plans starting at just $9.50/month. Plus, if AARP members need to cancel, they can do so risk-free within the first 45 days or 45 minutes of use, whichever comes first. Since there are no contracts there are no early termination fees or upgrade fees for changing your plan, enabling you to do so as often as you need to, potentially saving hundreds of dollars.
  • by Pub Location: CO on Aug 26, 2009 at 09:16 PM
    Gazette and all their stupid ads.
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