All senior citizens are not alike. We run the gamut from people who never embraced technology, to those seniors who are completely tech savvy. The good news is that there’s a cell phone plan type that’s perfect for every senior! Here’s a listing of the different plans available, and what they offer:
JitterBug GreatCall Cell Phone Plans
The Jitterbug smartphone and the Jitterbug flip phone offer GreatCall cell phone plans for seniors. The Jitterbug Flip offers unlimited text and talk for just $49 a month. Pay only for what you need. If you use just 300 texts a month, the cost is $3. 200 minutes of phone time a month is $14.99.
The Jitterbug Smartphone adds mobile Internet access anytime, anywhere, voice typing, which makes writing texts and emails effortless, all for the same low price of $49.99 a month.
Add a Health and Safety package to either Jitterbug phone for anywhere from $19.99 to $34.99 a month. This buys you 5Star Urgent Response, with trained agents standing by to help you, Urgent Care, with 24/7 access to board-certified doctors and registered nurses, and even a MedCoach, which gives reminders about refills and what medication to take
The Senior AddVantage Plan costs only $10, provides 300 minutes a month, stores 50MB of data, texting, AND gives free bonus minutes.
Seniors can earn back 10% in bonus minutes over their 1st five months of service, and retain the accrued minutes on their 6th month. 600 minutes a month, plus storage of 100MB of data is only $15 per month. For $9.95 more, you can check emails, use Facebook, or send messages with attached pictures.
Tech-savvy seniors should hold onto their iPhones, but ought to re-evaluate your current plans when you turn 65 to make sure that you’re not overpaying.
Check out Republic Wireless, which offers 1GB of data with unlimited text and talk for just $20 a month. This plan uses a mixture of cell towers and Wi-Fi (specifically T-Mobile’s and Sprint’s) and requires a phone that is compatible, which can be purchased through the company.
Current offers include nine different Android phones with a starting price of $179
GoPhone by AT&T
AT&T has a GoPhone Daily plan. For just $2 a day, seniors will get unlimited text messages and minutes. You won’t be charged for days you don’t use your phone.
A new phone can be purchased for about $20, or if you have a phone that’s compatible, you can simply purchase a SIM card for $4.99
Verizon has prepaid cell phone plans for basic phones or smartphones if seniors don’t want to get an annual contract. Another great option is to add your phone to a family member’s Verizon plan for just $20 a month (plus fees and taxes)
T-Mobile offers a plan that costs $3 a month and includes any combination of texts or phone use for 30 minutes. This super basic plan costs just 10 cents per minute for additional usage.
Phones run about $60, but if your device is compatible, you can use it by paying a SIM Starter Kit fee for $20. Check out their plan at the T-Mobile website or at participating Wal-Mart locations
If you’re on food stamps / SNAP benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, or any other government assistance program, seniors might be qualified for subsidized or free plans from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile through the Federal Lifeline Program.
One discount is available per household, either on your landline or your wireless phone.
You may also qualify if you are on Section 8 Federal Public Housing Assistance, TANF (the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), or if you reside on tribal lands