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5 Senior Cell Phone Plans

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Senior cell phone plans give amazing value to older customers whose social and financial needs have changed with age. Although it’s common nowadays for seniors to use cell phones, they don’t often use their mobiles in the same way as younger people. Rather than use Snapchat or Instagram, senior cell phone users are more likely to call their doctors or keep in touch with family. Many seniors are on fixed incomes, and slimmed-down senior phone plans help them save money by focusing on talk time rather than data usage. Seniors can benefit from special discounts and simplified phones from various providers to ensure their safety and accessibility to emergency resources. Read on to learn more about five of the best senior phone plans.

No Contract Phones

While not everyone who uses no-contract phones are seniors, many seniors can benefit from the low-cost services that come with pay-as-you-go phones. These prepaid phones come with no contract – or credit checks, fixed monthly bills, or hidden costs. The way it works is you buy a usually low-cost phone and then purchase however many minutes you think you’ll need. These minutes often are valid for 30 days after activation and do expire after a certain amount of time. If you should underestimate the amount of minutes you’ll need for a month, you are free to purchase and activate more minutes should the need arise.

The Doro PhoneEasy 618 sold through Consumer Cellular is a cheap, senior-friendly option. The buttons are large and easy to see, and it comes with simplified features for easy use. The phone costs $60, with calling plans that start at only $10 per month.

Free Cell Phones

Many seniors are on fixed, limited incomes, so saving money is exceedingly important. Fortunately, low-income seniors may qualify for free cellular service through the Lifeline Assistance Program. The LAP is a government-sponsored program that subsidizes wireless and landline companies that, in return, give free cell phones and 250 or more minutes of free airtime per month to low-income Americans. The free phones are provided by national prepaid wireless companies such as Assurance Wireless and Safelink, along with other regional carriers around the country.

To qualify, you’ll need to show that you’re receiving certain types of government income or benefits such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, or public housing assistance. You must also prove that your household income is at or below 135 to 150 percent of federal poverty income guidelines.

Jitterbug

The country’s favorite senior cell phone program has come a long way over the years. The Jitterbug program by GreatCall has just released the all-new Jitterbug5. This phone has helpful features such as large buttons, a powerful speaker for clear conversations, and a built-in camera to capture and share photos. The Jitterbug5 also comes with the 5Star button. Pushing the 5Star button connects you to a Medical Alert Agent to assist with medical emergencies. The agent can then use GPS to track your location and get emergency personnel to assist you. It’s like a LifeAlert and a cell phone built into one!

Verizon Wireless

The top cell phone service provider in the country has nationwide coverage and plans exclusively for the 65+ crowd. A single-line plan offers 200 minutes and has a monthly access charge of $29.99. Text messaging is available on a pay-as-you-go basis for $0.20 per text message, or you can purchase 1000 for $10, and unlimited for $20. If you want to use a phone with data capabilities, you can also use it on a pay-as-you-go basis, or you can purchase different data amounts for varying prices.

Verizon also offers a Two-Line 65+ Plan. For $59.98, you can receive two phone lines and 450 minutes. Text messaging and data rates are the same prices as the single-line plan, but they must be shared between two phones, so perhaps scaling up your allowances would be wise.

PureTalk USA

For those seniors who use a cell phone daily, but don’t quite need the luxury of unlimited minutes, PureTalk USA offers simple plans to help them stay connected without paying for more minutes than they really need. The company’s minimum plan includes 80 minutes for talk or text for only $5 per month. A plan with 250 minutes is only $10. Data can be added for $9.95 per month for the tech-savvy senior who wants to check her email or update her Facebook status on the go.

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