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911 phone service for seniors

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 20 Sep, 2023 01:27 PM
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Vancouver police are offering free 9-1-1 cellphones to seniors who can’t afford their own phone.

Police say in a statement that seniors on fixed or low incomes are sometimes less inclined to rely on technology for safety, especially if it involves a monthly cost.

The new program offers seniors a cellphone that can be used only to call 9-1-1 and has no upfront costs or monthly payment plan.

Constable Tania Visintin says many seniors live alone and are especially vulnerable during emergencies, so the cellphones will give them access they didn’t have before.

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