[CES 2012] emporia Telecom of Austria, a leading mobile device manufacturer whose main focus is on simplified communication, has just announced their intention to expand to North and Latin America this year in order to grow from the current 30 countries that they have a foot in at the moment. This spring will see a bunch of easy-to-use phones arrive in the US, Canada and Latin America, including the emporiaCLICK and emporiaSOLIDplus. Most of emporia’s handsets will come with a unique, one-touch Call for Care button that is symbolized by an encircled heart, where it will dial family, caregivers or emergency services in a jiffy when pressed. Not only that, each emporia phone will also come with large, easy-to-use buttons, an extra loud speakerphone, and a simple interface so that you need not deal with fancy, smooth-scrolling user interfaces as well as a customized interactive wallpaper. The older folks will understand, as all that they want is a phone that just works without the bells and whistles.

The clamshell emporiaCLICK will boast of a piano lacquer finish and a stainless steel clasp, and it even comes with an integrated camera so that you can always shoot wherever you are, albeit do not expect stunning image quality. Nice to see there is no virtual button to grapple with, since there is a side key that functions as the shutter button. As for the emporiaSOLIDplus, this is a rugged and dependable phone which meets strict military specifications, making it dust, shock and vibration-resistant, and is able to last in heavy rain, under high levels of humidity, altitude and extreme temperatures. [Press Release]

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