I just called to say I love you!
Stevie Wonder once sang, I just called to say I love you!
But what if you could not call your loved ones because your phone had small buttons that you could no longer see?
This is the stark reality that many older people face worldwide. Our recent joint report with the UN, Ageing in the 21st Century, showed that 61% of older people across the world use a mobile phone. However, most new mobile phones are designed for young people and can be over-complicated and hard to use due to small buttons or touch screens.
A social enterprise
Sri Lanka's largest mobile telephony service provider Dialog Axiata PLC is trying to change that. By launching the Big Dial Phone, Sri Lanka will for the first time have a phone tailor-made for older people.
What's more, as part of HelpAge's work around social enterprises, Dialog Axiata will be donating 300 Sri Lankan rupees (USD 3.8) to HelpAge Sri Lanka for each phone sold.
The money generated from this project will help older people in Sri Lanka.
Costing 3,990 rupees (USD 31.50), this mobile comes with a free Dialog connection and has unique features, such as:
- a key pad with large, alphanumeric keys,
- a SOS button to inform your loved ones in the case of an emergency,
- an in-built high power torch,
- a FM radio.
Providing loved ones peace of mind, this phone also makes a great gift for your grandparents.
Buy one now!
If you are in Sri Lanka, visit a Dialog store today. You can also buy online.
A small start
This new phone shows Sri Lanka taking a lead on this issue and is a first step in ensuring equal access to technology for older people. In the next ten years, there will be over one billion consumers aged over 60 worlwide, representing a huge shift.
We hope to replicate this social enterprise across the globe and are now looking for other companies to partner with us in providing products and financial services tailor-made for older people. If you'd like to partner with us get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.