What Are the Top Senior Cellular Plans?
In the current technological world, a cell phone is becoming a necessity. Cell phones allow you to instantly be able to connect with friends and family all over the world. If you are elderly there are many benefits that come with owning a cell phone.
Set medication reminders and calendar alerts for your doctor’s appointments, use voice activated calling, and more. However with the vast growing cell phone market there are many phones and plans to choose from and finding the right phone plan can be tough. Luckily several companies (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) have dedicated senior discounts that all offer amazing benefits. There are even dedicated senior cell phone plans offered by these companies in the form of Greatcall and CC (Consumer Cellular). Here are the best senior cellular plans, their prices and the features of each.
One of the big titans of the cellphone industry is AT&T. This company has many different cell phone plans ranging from extravagantly priced plans to very affordable ones. They even boast an awesome senior cell phone plan called AT&T Senior Nation. The Senior Nation plan at AT&T, at the time of writing, is the least expensive plan the company has to offer. Though basic, the plan offers 500 night and weekend minutes, as well as an additional 200 anytime minutes. As far as basic plans go, this is still fairly basic. If you are a senior looking for just an emergency phone, or one to keep in touch occasionally this plan is the best option. The only qualifier to get this plan is living 65 consecutive years in a row. Expect to pay $30 a month for the basic plan. Plans do not include a phone, which must be purchased separately.
AARP members have another route they can take should the Senior Nation plan not suit. The Unlimited Elite plan is an extended plan package but comes with better benefits like: Unlimited Talk and Text, Coverage in the U.S. and Mexico. It comes standard with a 100gb of data to use. This means you can check your email or respond to someone on Facebook all from your phone.
The last senior cell phone plan offered by AT&T is the Unlimited +55 plan. (only offered in Florida). Florida residents must come in person to sign up at their local AT&T stores. This plan is nearly identical to the Senior Nation plan offered nationally but has a few extra discounts and perks like Spam and Fraud blocking capabilities.
T-Mobile, another large cell phone company has many plans, but only one senior cell phone plan as of the writing of this article, and one if you live in Florida. This senior plan is called T-Mobile Essentials Unlimited 55+ plan. Though they only offer one plan, it comes in various packages. If you are 55 years of age, you are eligible to join the plan. The most basic package includes international data and texting, HD streaming options, and a 3G hotspot, as well as unlimited talk and text within the U.S. This service is also available to customers in Canada and Mexico. Expect to pay $ 27.50 for this plan.
The two other additional plans for the T-mobile Essential Unlimited 55+ builds off the basic package and add on additional features. Some of these features include Netflix subscriptions, and voice-to-text features. The plans can range widely from person to person as these plans are usually tailor made for your needs. T-mobile only has one senior plan as of writing but is better priced than most other competitors. Expect to pay $ $35-$45 for these expanded plans.
Like T-Mobile, Sprint only has one senior plan available called the Sprint Unlimited 55+ plan. This plan is built similarly to the other but has many key features other basic plans do not offer. This plan offers unlimited talk and text, and e-billing options. The price includes two lines so you can have a plan for you and your spouse. The only drawback is that you must apply in store, as there are no online applications. You must be at least 55 years of age to apply. Expect to pay $70 for this plan.
The senior plan offered by Verizon is called the Verizon 55+ unlimited, but only for Florida residents. For those old enough to be eligible for this plan you get unlimited talk and text, and full coverage in the U.S, Mexico, and Canada. Though AT&T's plan is very similar, Verizon's version is the more affordable option, plus you get unlimited talk and text which the AT&T plan does not offer on a base package. Expect to pay $60 for this plan.
Designed to be an emergency call service for the elderly, Greatcall offers minimal features when viewed comparatively against other plans. The plan offers only a minimal 200 minutes but as it is an emergency device it is connected 24/7 to top emergency response units. Another key feature is the ability to add another person to the plan who can access response units on your behalf should you be unable to move or speak. A package with unlimited talk and text is available at a larger price but only ads those features. Expect to pay $ 14.99 for the lowest plan and $39.99 for the extended plan.