Doro 410 Burgundy (Consumer Cellular) Reviews

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  1. MOO "ZIC" says:
    51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Consumer Cellular Doro 410 Large Text Flip Cell Phone for ELDERLY(USA), March 31, 2012
    By 
    MOO “ZIC” (SC USA) –

    This review is from: Doro 410 Burgundy (Consumer Cellular) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    First things first:

    Cons: If you are getting this phone for features like a camera or the texting capability,then don’t bother. There is no camera and the texting is very basic and slow. Caller ID is not displayed on the outside of the clamshell / flip phone design. The phone is preset to answer when opened, so it basically defeats your need for caller ID.(This can be changed to the answer mode “any key” setting; however. You can view the caller ID after you open the phone.)

    The Situation: This phone was purchased for my 84 year old (ELDERLY) mother. She has never used a cell phone in her life and lives at an assisted living facility.She wears 2 hearing aids and has failing eyesight.

    Pros: The Doro 410 has extra loud and clear sound (+35 dB) and a vibrating ringer. Mom likes the choice of the “old school” ringer sound. This phone is amazingly simple once set up properly.(She could not have done this herself.) It was easily customizable. I adjusted the display background(wallpaper) to be the easiest for her to see the screen clearly. I hid(Blocked) the games, alarm, calendar, calculator, FM Radio and texting options from the main menu. I also deactivated the call waiting option. Mom loves the Open to answer – Close to hang up setting and doesn’t care about the caller ID. The included lanyard makes it easy for her to carry around her neck when she goes out.(And she doesn’t lose the phone. : ) You can program the Emergency Call Key on the outside of the phone to text a relative in an emergency. The phone will then call the relative and immediately turn on the speakerphone for mom.(Another good reason for the lanyard.)

    Essential Accessories: The charging cradle is ideal for mom.(Ordered it online at ConsumerCellular.) The phone has contacts on the bottom. She just drops the phone in the cradle for charging.(Even with the lanyard attached.)

    Service Carriers: This phone comes locked to the ConsumerCellular network. They are a company that has an agreement with AT & T. So, you are really getting the AT & T network towers. Ask around to make sure AT & T network is strong in your area or this network will not work for you. ConsumerCellular representatives are courteous and helpful.(I believe they are right here in USA. Easy to understand.) Their pricing of plans seem fair.

    A Possible Option: This is a GSM phone.(Technology used by AT & T, Cingular and TMobile.) Most carriers around the globe use this also.(Verizon and Sprint use CDMA, so the 410 will not work with these guys.) Unlocked cell phones seem to be the trend these days. It is possible to get an unlock code for your Doro 410. I searched for doro-unlock-page and got what I needed. Selected model 410 and Network USA AT & T/Cingular and got the IMEI from mom’s Doro. Received the unlock code in e-mail for a small amount. My ConsumerCellular SIM was already active. I replaced it with a SIM Card from T-Mobile Prepaid activation kit. Turned on the phone and input the unlock code when the screen for Operator code: Trials: 5 came up. The OK button appeared to the left of the SOS button after I put in the unlock code numbers, so I then pressed OK. The searching icon showed briefly, then T-Mobile appeared where it used to just say My Network. The Doro 410 is now unlocked to all GSM carriers. T-Mobile just happens to have the best reception in the area where mom is. She has a great monthly rate and no contract. You could probably just buy a SIM activation kit for AT & T as well. Hope this helps somebody out there!

    I think a distinction between the terms “SENIOR” and “ELDERLY” should be drawn. I would call the Doro 410gsm the perfect “ELDERLY” phone. Some seniors may like it as well though. : )

    Review by an average guy with an elderly mom

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  2. J. DeStefano says:
    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Basic Phone, March 15, 2011
    By 
    J. DeStefano
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Doro 410 Burgundy (Consumer Cellular) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    This phone has an excellent display, clear sound and very easy to use. However, it may be a bit too basic for some people. For example, the phone listings don’t provide the ability to enter addresses, emails or other contact information for an individual. There is only one alarm setting versus the multiple setting available for each day on my last cell phone. The day timer function doesn’t provide the ability to set alarms so that you are aware of an event BEFORE it occurs. The ringer loudness isn’t as loud as that I’ve experienced on a number of other cell phones, and I’ve actually missed calls when in a noisey environment.

    On the other hand, the lite buttons at night are very helpful. The large buttons should likewise be appreciated by users with large hands, gloves or long nails. The LEDs on the outside of the case which let you know when you have a message and when the battery is low is very useful.

    Overall, a good, solidly built phone for someone who basically just wants to talk on their cell phone.

    UPDATE 2/13 – For the past few months both my wife and I who have this same phone have been having problems with the charger connection not engaging or cutting off before the charge is complete. I’ve also noticed the calender function is no longer working properly and the display colors sometimes wash out then return later on. I still have a much older Motorola basic phone I use as a timer and note keeper which still operates perfectly.

    For the above reliability reasons, I no longer recommend this Doro phone.

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  3. Dennis A. Staysniak says:
    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is NOT an unlocked phone, July 22, 2010
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    Dennis A. Staysniak (Cleveland, OH) –
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    This review is from: Doro 410 Burgundy (Consumer Cellular) (Wireless Phone Accessory)

    While this is a great phone for seniors who want a very basic easy to read and use phone. This is not an UNLOCKED phone as is intimated by the sales info. This phone is locked to Consumer Cellular and they will not unlock it or offer you a pay-as-you-go plan.

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