If he just wants a simple durable phone to make calls with and listen to music, i recommend Nokia e63 . It's simple, pocket size, cheap , easy navigation , user friendly , you can drop it 10 times and it wont even break. Trust me :/ I threw my red nokia e63 a couple of times at the wall because i couldn't crack the lock code . Oh & you mentioned music ? I'm pretty sure 2gigs can hold enough songs for your father , if not buy a 4gig memory card, memory cards isn't that expensive.