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Jitterbug Plus Cellphone for Seniors Gets Social

GreatCall, the makers of the Jitterbug cellphone for seniors, introduced a new handset today that brings performance improvements and adds a couple of social features for users who want to do a little more than just make calls.

Available now, the Jitterbug Plus features a 1.3-megapixel camera and an easy process for uploading photos to social networks — a first for a Jitterbug. Large buttons make it easy to navigate to the camera and photo album, where you can share photos on Facebook, Shutterfly and Picasa with a touch of a button.

In addition to the camera, the Jitterbug Plus, which is made by Samsung, also has a louder speaker and improved battery life. GreatCall estimates that the battery can provide up to five hours of talk time and 25 days of standby time.

Like previous models, the Jitterbug Plus offers access to GreatCall’s 5Star Urgent Response service, in case of emergencies. Health and medical apps are also available, such as LiveNurse, which connects you to a registered nurse if you need medical advice, and MedCoach for medication reminders.

The Jitterbug Plus regularly costs $119 without contract, but GreatCall is selling it for $99 for a limited time. Rate plans start at $14.99 per month for 50 call-time minutes. The phone can be purchased through the company’s Web site, or at select retail stores, including Best Buy, Radio Shack and Sears.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus