17 Aug: GreatCall Employee Hailed As Hero After Saving Neighbors From Fire

Kevin Arlinghaus was at home watching television when he smelled smoke.

“It didn’t smell like a barbecue. It smelled like burning plastic,” he said.

Kevin — who works for Best Buy subsidiary GreatCall — went outside to investigate and soon discovered a fire in a nearby garage at his townhome community in Carlsbad, California. Within minutes, the garage was fully engulfed in flames.

Kevin is now being hailed as a hero after calling 911 and helping save a 93-year-old woman and her adult grandson.

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27 Feb: GreatCall Introduces New Lively App and Lively Wearable2

Just this week, Best Buy and GreatCall announced the launch of its new Lively App and Lively Wearable2 medical alert device.

The Lively App and Lively Wearable2 pair together — when used with a smartphone — to keep aging adults safer and more independent. The technology gives them access to agents 24/7 who can provide immediate responses and dispatch emergency personnel when pressing a button or detecting a fall.

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The Lively Wearable2 is more than just an emergency call button for aging adults.


23 Apr: GreatCall launches new medical alert device, Lively Mobile Plus

At Best Buy, we know that technology plays a very important role in helping people live better lives. That’s why last year we acquired GreatCall, a company that uses technology to help older adults live safer, more independent lives.

Today, GreatCall announced its newest device, Lively Mobile Plus – the highest standard in medical alert technology. Lively Mobile Plus features enhanced GPS accuracy and the fastest response time, provided by GreatCall’s exceptional Caring Centers.

With a press of the button, GreatCall customers are immediately connected to IAED-certified 5Star agents at GreatCall’s Caring Centers.


15 Aug: Best Buy acquires GreatCall, expanding reach in health space

Best Buy today announced we have agreed to acquire GreatCall Inc. in an $800 million deal that expands our reach in the large and growing health space.

GreatCall is a leading provider of connected health and personal emergency response services to the aging population, with more than 900,000 subscribers. It sells easy-to-use mobile phones and connected devices that provide a way for seniors to reach a medical professional at the touch of the button. That design allows aging consumers to live independently longer, while also providing peace of mind to their loved ones.