Seniors learn how to better use their smartphones

The traveling seminar AT&T Reconnect Tour stopped in Oklahoma City recently to teach seniors how to use smartphones and tablets. “If we don't learn more about the electronic things, we'll be lost in the past somewhere,” attendee Ralph Beal said.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: November 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm •  Published: November 13, 2012

Oklahoma City resident Maxine Washington, 68, came to the seminar a bit tired, having just worked a 16-hour day on Election Day as a poll inspector, but she wanted to learn more about pictures.

She already has a smartphone, but wanted to know more about it, she said while sending text messages.

“When you buy the phone, they don't give you much information,” Washington said.

Ralph Beal, 82, a sports fan, said he was there to learn more about how to use a smartphone to track golf and other sports scores, find good restaurants and use the maps features.

“If we don't learn more about the electronic things, we'll be lost in the past somewhere,” Beal said.

AT&T isn't the only mobile company that is helping people learn to use the devices they sell — Verizon posts a list of local workshops on its website and U.S. Cellular stores host them, too.

Contact your local stores for more information.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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