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Lively vs Snapfon

Lively and Snapfon have designed phones and plans that take into account the unique needs of seniors. Each of the companies has designed phones that are both reliable and extremely easy to use which gives seniors the confidence they need to be able to live independently. The plans and packages offered by Lively and Snapfon are affordable and allow seniors options that allow them to choose the devices and packages that best meet their needs.

Lively vs Snapfon: What’s the Difference?

Lively and Snapfon are both reputable companies with reliable devices, but they do have their differences. Lively, for example, offers two types of phones, the Jitterbug Flip2 and the Jitterbug Smart3. Snapfon, on the other hand, only provides one phone, the ezTWO. If you want to go with Snapfon, you can bring your own smartphone to the plan as long as it is unlocked and ready to use. When it comes to carriers, Snapfon is powered by T-Mobile, AT&T, or the SnapMobile network. Another difference is the Link that connects Lively phones to urgent care providers.

Features

Lively phones have several features that make them popular with seniors. The bigger buttons make the Jitterbug Flip2 easier to dial. The screens are bright which makes it easier to see the simple, easy-to-use menu. The phones also have a 5-Star emergency button, 2.0-megapixel camera, and a powerful speaker that makes it easier for the person to hear.

In addition to the basic features of the Snapfon, it also offers SOSPlus. The SOSPlus feature offers reminders for medications and also stores vital health information that has to do with medical conditions, healthcare providers, medical history, and a list of emergency contacts. The ezTWO is also known for its larger buttons and easy-to-read screen.

Phones

Lively’s two primary phones include the Jitterbug Flip2 (a basic flip-style phone) and the Jitterbug Smart3. The Jitterbug Flip2 is a good choice for someone who doesn’t plan to use any data and is more satisfied with a basic phone for calls or texts. The Jitterbug Flip2 also has the emergency button on the back that provides immediate connectivity to urgent care providers. The Jitterbug Smart3 is a step up and works well for those who want a data plan so they can access the internet.

Snapfon’s ezTWO is its only real offering in terms of proprietary equipment. They will allow subscribers to bring their own phone as long as it is unlocked and will pair with the system. Other smartphone options are available if you want to move up to a state-of-the-art smartphone.

Coverage

Lively is the cellular carrier associated with the Lively phones. The service area includes all of the states except for Alaska. International coverage includes both Mexico and Canada. There are areas in which coverage may be weak, but overall there is nationwide coverage.

SnapMobile, as well as the other carriers that support Snapfon, offer nationwide coverage. Coverage for Mexico and Canada are also included for international service.

Plans & Contracts

Lively does not demand a contract or any type of service agreement. Monthly plans range in price from almost $30 to $80 per month. There are no activation fees to speak of but in order to keep the phones working, you will have to purchase minutes in order to keep the phone functional. You will have to purchase your cell phones, however. Depending on where you purchase your phones, you can get the Jitterbug Flip2 for anywhere from $30 to $75 and the Jitterbug Smart3 for less than $125.

There are no contracts or service agreements of any kind with Snapfon. There is, however, a $30 activation fee that must be paid before service starts. They have several different plans ranging in price from $15 per month to $30 per month. If you pay the activation fee, you can get your ezTWO phone for as little as $30 while it can cost up to $80 for a phone that has been unlocked. Smart phone options are available for as low as $100.

Comparison Table

Comparison Lively Snapfon
Contract Length None None
Equipment Costs Cost of the phones $30 activation fee + cost of the phones
Call/Text/Data Plans Basic Call and Text plans or Call/Text/Data plans Basic Call and Text plans or Call/Text/Data plans
Discounts No No

What We Think

Lively is one of the better choices if you want to truly customize your plan and have a phone with a variety of features. Read the entire Lively review to learn more about this senior cell phone offering.

Snapfon is a good choice if you want the convenience of a smartphone. It’s also good if you have an unlocked phone you want to use.

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Jeff Hoyt

Editor in Chief

Since graduating from Harvard with an honors degree in Statistics, Jeff has been creating content in print, online, and on television. Much of his work has been dedicated to informing seniors on how to live better lives. As Editor-in-Chief of the personal… Learn More About Jeff Hoyt