We’re relying on our cell phones to stay close to friends, family, and our community. These days, the big question is, “Who has the best cell phone plan for seniors?”
While we may not ask it directly, in addition to great plan features, we’re looking for discounts and cost-effect plans.
Let’s start with the very best discounted plans for people who are 55 and over. Then, we’ll dive into the top plans so you can find the one that works for you.
Among the phone providers, T-Mobile and AT&T offer special plans with discounts for people 55 and over. Further discounts can be found via AARP, offering senior advantage programs with Lively, Consumer Cellular, Cricket, and Snapfon.
Some of the most affordable plan options require a bit of investigation. For example, if you’re looking at T-Mobile, you can get unlimited data plans starting at $27.50 a month, including coverage for 5G. If you have a smartphone, many people find that T-Mobile has the best customer service, plus most affordable data plans.
If you don’t have a smartphone, Lively and Mint Mobile offer affordable solutions to meet your data requirements.
Let’s examine the top plans to find a package that best serves your unique needs.
This provider offers perhaps the best unlimited plan, especially for seniors. With T-Mobile Unlimited 55+, you can get a solid plan with no annual service contract, scam-blocking protection, and unlimited talk, text, and data. Plans start at $27.50 per month.
If you want to find out more, go online or call 844-882-3705 for the best price.
If you’re using a smartphone, T-Mobile may offer the most attractive plan available for national and international use.
This is a favorite for senior cell phone users, because they offer phones designed for seniors, ranging from flip phones to smart phones. The Jitterbug Flip and Jitterbug Smart have an intuitive design that most consumers find very easy to use.
Their health and safety packages help you enjoy your phone, with features of a medical alert device.
Their plans also don’t require a long-term contract. Plans start at $14.99 per month for talk only; and $19.99 per month for unlimited talk and text. If you have additional needs check out their custom plans to add data, messages, and minutes.
Check online or call 833-695-0501 to find the best options.
Perhaps price is your top priority. If so, Mint Mobile may fit your wallet and preference. You can get unlimited talk, text, and data without any activation fees or cumbersome contracts. Plans start at $15 per month.
Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile network, which means you get access to the United States largest 5G network. This has a downside that your service may be slower during peak usage hours, to favor T-Mobile subscribers.
You can purchase a phone or bring your own. Best of all, you can keep your phone number—one less thing to memorize.
If you’re looking to get an affordable plan with unlimited talk, text, and data — this one could be for you. While not a specific senior discount or plan, the basic 2GB plan is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. Plans start at $25 per month.
If you are looking for light usage such as email and browsing, you’ll enjoy this option. Look for their plans that offer no annual contracts, no overage charges, and discounts on multiple lines.
It may seem hard to believe, but this plan offers freedom of free usage. Yes, there is a real free mobile phone. How does it work? It uses voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), much like making calls with Skype. For a one-time $10 fee, you get a SIM card, and can use it to make occasional phone calls.
Be aware that if you use your phone a lot, charges can add up. Check out this option if you only use your cell phone occasionally.
AT&T Senior Nation plan offers a special program for people 65 and over. However, the plan is only designed for basic phones and does not offer any data usage.
The AT&T unlimited 55+ plans are available for seniors, yet only available for Florida residents. Some of their popular cell phone plans start at $30 per month. To find out what is available in your area, call 844-418-3523 for the best price.
Verizon offers one of the largest selection of phone plans, smartphones, flip phones, tablets, smartwatches and more. In addition to phones, they have a tremendous variety of plans such as unlimited usage, data, single-device, national and international plans.
The Verizon senior plan offers unlimited talk, text, and data for $40 per month, when you purchase two lines of service. If you’re living with a partner or family, this may be a great way to access their options. In addition to senior discounts, they also offer discounts for veterans and military families.
Looking for a company built to serve the 55+ users? You just found it. You can change your plan when you want, and there are no hidden feeds or annual contracts. They offer discounts for AARP members, and plans start at $15 per month. If you go over your desired monthly minutes, they automatically upgrade you to the next highest plan.
Additionally, with Consumer Cellular’s “Risk-Free” guarantee, you can return your phone and cancel your service within 30 days of activation, and pay nothing.
Are you looking for ease and simplicity? Welcome to Snapfon. Their easy-to-use phones include Snapfon ez4G and ezFlip. Their Big-Button cellphone is hearing aid compatible. Instead of struggling with your phone, you can see and hear with ease. Monthly plans start at $10 per month for 100 minutes of talk.
One feature you might consider is sosPlus professional monitoring. This service gives you access to professional agents in event of an emergency. This can make your simple phone into a kind of medical alert system.
With so many exceptional plans available, it’s time to get one that works best for you.
Consider your unique requirements before you start hunting down the best plan. Are you an occasional user? Are you a video-buff? If you are an occasional user, you’ll pick a different option than if you love streaming video. If you want medical alert features, select a phone and plan that matches your priorities.
With these options, you can find the phone, plan, and price-point that meets your needs.