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and Mayor's Commission on Aging Host 'Cell
Phones for Seniors' Event in Philadelphia
AT&T Representatives Tutor Senior Citizens,
Providing Wireless Tips At Free Educational
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T)
and the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on
Aging announced today the launch of a new
public service initiative designed to
benefit Philadelphia's mature adult
AT&T will host a free event --
Cell Phones for Seniors -- on Tuesday,
September 9th from 10 a.m. - noon at the
Philadelphia Senior Center - Tioga Chapter,
1531 West Tioga Street.
"We are glad the Philadelphia Senior Center
and AT&T are offering this vital learning
experience for older adults," said Celeste
Zappala, executive director of the Mayor's
Commission on Aging.
"We encourage seniors
to take advantage of the opportunity to
become fully familiar with their cell phones
and to learn more about available
"Once a person learns how to
master their cell phone, they can begin to
teach others too."
"AT&T is very pleased to be part of this
initiative and educational public service
for mature adults. We have found senior
citizens are using technology including
wireless to find new ways to stay connected
to family and friends.
"More are sending text
messages and are eager to learn about GPS
services and how to access the Internet from
their cell phone," said Dan Lafond, vice
president and general manager for AT&T's
wireless division in Philadelphia.
The event is open to the center's members.
Participants are encouraged to bring their
wireless phone regardless of which wireless
carrier they currently use.
AT&T also will also have free "practice"
phones on-site. The session will cover
everything from mobile phone basics, such as
controlling the volume on your phone, to
checking voice mail to storing a number in
the phone's address book. Seniors can also
learn about AT&T's Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC)
options as well as how to send text messages
and share pictures on their phones. AT&T
volunteers will provide hands-on
demonstrations and one-on-one instructional
AT&T has plans to expand the Cell Phones for
Seniors program to other areas of
Pennsylvania in the coming months.