17 Feb '11, 2pm

New mobiles have gadgets for the elderly

New mobiles have gadgets for the elderly

BARCELONA - As the mobile world booms with complex technological smartphones and tablets, two rival firms are carving up a growing but largely ignored market for the elderly. Their priority is not so much to zip their users from the Internet to Facebook or from MP3 songs to photos and videos. Instead, the gadgets they pack into their phones include a night torch that also flashes when the phone rings, or a pull-out pad for writing down notes with an actual, real pen. "In Spain, France, Britain or Italy, there are 10 to 15 million people aged 60 or more," said Christophe Yerolymos, head of Austrian group Emporia's French subsidiary. "Of these 15 million, about half don't use mobile phones," he added. Even among the half that do, nearly two-thirds had devices that were not appropriate for their needs, he said at his stand in the mobile industry's annual congress in Barcelona...

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