The Mailbug is the ideal solution for your grandparents who want to keep in touch, those who want to communicate but have hearing problems, or just those who refuse to be dragged into the computer age.
The Mailbug does one thing and it does it well. It sends and receives email on a regular phone line. It is a subscription based email service through the Landel company. You can pay for the subscription monthly or quarterly (I believe) or even yearly.
Mailbug does not send or receive attachments of any kind. That may seem like a bad thing, but in the case of my own mother-in-law, she would not know how to send an attachment or open a received attachment anyway so it is a non issue for her.
My mother-in-law has had her Mailbug for about 4 years now and loves it. She relies heavily on it for keeping in touch with family members and it delights her to feel part of the computer age by being able to send emails from her simple machine.
The Mailbug has no graphics. It is a straight, text only screen and generally you would not print from it although if you do want to print, the machine will print to a fax machine.
The Mailbug never interrupts calls on your phone line. You type your email and then the Mailbug will wait and send all your emails when the line is free.
Actually the Mailbug does do one other thing, it does receive news, weather, stock and lottery information.
You can get a Mailbug on Amazon, which is the lowest price I have seen. And then you can go to the Landel website to set up your subscription. This is a wonderful Christmas gift. My mother-in-law is still thanking me for hers!