Jan Morgan used to think smartphones were for young people.
“I didn’t want a phone smarter than me,” she joked.
She refused to get one. Instead the 66-year-old bought flip phones and pre-paid phone cards. Thirty-three phones later, a store clerk pointed out that she didn’t have to buy a new phone to get more minutes.
That was around the time she signed up for a computer class at her Lakeside apartment building. The classes are offered by the Austin Housing Authority as part of the city’s Digital Inclusion program. Soon, Morgan became a digital ambassador and started teaching other residents in her building.
“I learned that everything you can do on a computer, you can do on a phone, too,” she said.