Unlimited talktime and high-speed data are now common in most cell phone plans but they cannot benefit the seniors who don’t need extras. But there are some cell phone plans that are designed by considering the needs of seniors. They are usually prepaid and cover only fewer frills and minutes as compared to standard plans. Your elderly can stay connected without paying anything extra with these straight forward plans.
There are some carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint offering easy to use cell phone plans for seniors. You may also qualify for the subsidized plans available from these companies.
For Someone Looking for Pay-as-you-go Plans
T-Mobile – You can use 30 SMS or 30 minutes at just $3 per month. The prices of these phones are starting at just $60. You can use it instead of buying new one if you already have compatible device. You may want to pay $20 as a SIM Starter Kit fee whether you buy new phone or bring your own.
AT&T – If you receive or place a call or send a text, it charges only $2 as a fee. If you don’t use your phone on some days, it will provide unlimited SMS and minutes. Starting at just $20, you can own a new phone from AT&T. If you have a compatible phone already, you can pay $4.99 for a new SIM card and get it covered on AT&T network. No activation fee should be paid. But you may have to pay $25 for refill card on online purchase. Before checking out, you have choice to remove it.
Emergency Cell Phone Plan
GreatCall – This carrier is offering really understandable phone options – the Jitterbug Smart (at $149.99) and Jitterbug Flip ($99.99). You can also opt for a plan or GreatCall phone at Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, and select Best Buy and Sears stores.