Maxcom Comfort 831 

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Maxcom are quite a new phone company to arrive in the UK, they have been in Europe for some years. While this is not exclusively an older persons phone it would certainly be useful to allow someone to keep their independence and as it has an emergency call button on the back providing the phone is within reach, then help should come when needed.

Maxcom Comfort MM831 Big Button SIM Free Mobile Phone
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This is a Flip Phone and it has its own charge dock so close it up – unflip – and when at home it can remain docked beside you so it’s never going to run out of battery.

When docked there are three indicators on the area near the top battery, phone and message. Just above this is the camera and LED flash. The other side has the emergency button and beside that the more than adequate speaker.

Open the unit and one side has volume up and down and the other a second micro USB port as well as the built in torch, the base is where the phone will normally dock. The dock is triangular at 7cm with a taller back to allow firm support, the micro USB cable fits at the back of the base while the base has three rubber feet.

The top half of the phone has a 5x3.7cm screen; the lower half has a total of nineteen buttons and a five position joystick control.

The top two buttons are soft to carry out whatever the base line of the screen says, below this green and red calls start and end buttons with the five position joystick control between these four buttons. Immediately below this are three memory buttons and finally the last four lines are 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and * 0 #.

A three second push on the red call end button will turn the phone on or off; another five seconds and you are at the home screen.

There is a small 11x7.5cm 76 page booklet that with the aid of a magnifying glass should explain anything you are unsure about.

Remove the back and the 1000mAh battery to insert a micro SIM and any micro SD card you want (up to 32GB supported). The battery is said to work on standby for over 300 hours between charges and up to 10 hours 3G use.

The camera is 2MP you also have a Phonebook, FM Radio, Call History, Messages, Multimedia as well as Settings and Tools.

If someone is found collapsed this phone has an ICE (in case of emergency feature) which if filled it either by the user or a friend/relative can hold important information for the emergency services such as allergies etc.

The phone can also work with a hearing aid.

In the box are a micro USB to USB lead to fit into the dock already described or direct into the side of the phone as well as a basic set of earbuds that act as an aerial for the FM radio.

The phones screens are clear and easy to read and there is plenty of volume even having a volume boost button when you are called by people who like to mumble.

A well made and easy to use phone ideal for the light user it is sold SIM free, but also if you manage to connect to one of the tariffs where your credit never expires it’s a great backup if your home phone is out of order.

The Maxcom Comfort MM831 is available from Amazon for £69.99.

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