Vodacom has launched a low cost, easy-to-use ZTE S302 cellphone that allows greater functionality for users with specific needs.
The cellphone has a large visual display and large buttons that make it ideal for anyone who has trouble reading the symbols on other cellphone keypads or who may have limited hand dexterity.
“Whether you are an older person that requires an uncomplicated handset to call family and friends or you need a cellphone that can accommodate weakened eyesight, the ZTE S302 is equipped to meet your needs,” says Shameel Joosub, MD of Vodacom South Africa.
The ZTE S302 features a loud ringing tone, which someone like 76-year old Barbara Jacobs really appreciates. “Now when my grandkids ring me up, I don’t miss any calls," she says.
The ZTE S302 also includes features that may be of help in an emergency situation, with a SOS button that works in conjunction with a number pre-programming functionality. Users can pre-program four numbers, enabling the cellphone to automatically SMS these contacts once the SOS button is pressed. If there is no response to the SMSs sent, the cellphone will start calling each of these emergency contacts in a three-way cycle.
“I can even pre-program a free emergency response number like 082 112 or my next door neighbour’s number, which is such a relief”, says Ellie Madlopha, a 66-year old grandmother from Johannesburg.
“Communication is not a luxury for the few, but a necessity that must be afforded to everyone”, says Joosub. “Being connected gives people independence, keeps them in contact with their loved ones and provides vital access to emergency services."