Sunday, September 21, 2008
Project Dad 'N Fran
Plans continue apace. Last night Gary and I went to the Verizon store, where I got two simple, easily readable -- I hope -- cell phones for Dad and Fran and upgraded to a three-line family plan that will work out to about $30-40 more a month. That's a small price for the insurance of knowing that they can make a call in a roadside or medical emergency.
I'm programming the phones with my numbers and my sister's, and of course Dad's has Fran's number programmed, and vice versa. For some reason the phones won't let me put 911 on speed dial, which is bizarre, but I'm setting up speed dial for each of our personal numbers. Because the phones are the same model, I've given them different ring tones, and I'm going to get some large, bright stickers at the dollar store and put different stickers on each phone so they're recognizable.
When all of this is done, I'll send the phones to Dad and Fran so they'll have them for the trip. I don't expect them to need the phones often, but when they do, they'll have them. Like I said, it's insurance, and Dad and Fran seem genuinely touched that I'm doing this.
I looked into Jitterbug, which makes very easy-to-read phones for seniors, but their start-up costs are prohibitive. So I hope these little phones work out okay.