50-Plus Digital has joined the National Device Bank scheme
15 March 2023: we have distributed all the Device Bank smartphones.
The National Device Bank
You can read about the national scheme at the main website – goodthingsfoundation.org/national-device-bank
Our local 50-Plus Device Bank smartphones
We have already distributed our first batch of refurbished smartphones — gifted to people with low incomes (eg- Universal Credit, Pension Credit, etc).
Not sure if you are eligible? Ask us!
They are all the same model — Galaxy XCover 4s — robust business phones in excellent condition — ideal for people whose primary IT needs are not recreational. With each phone, we provide a SIM card with free mobile data for at least six months.
We have set them up to be suitable for older people who might be relative digital beginners, prioritising accessibility, usability, privacy and security. Initially they resemble the devices you use on our smartphone training courses. Of course, you can do whatever you like with them afterwards, and you may expect continued support at our weekly digital drop-in.
Q1: When can I get one, and how?
A1: Find us at the weekly Digital Drop-in. For further details — keep in touch with us.
Q2: Does where I live affect my eligibiliity?
A2: For the smartphone scheme, you should be a resident of any London borough.
Q3: I’m using an old Nokia phone. Will I be able to upgrade my brain to smartphone standard?
A3: You are probably 100% eligible. Most recipients so far had an old Nokia before, and have found that smartphones are actually quite easy to use — and quick access to the internet has made their lives more cheerful.