Cell Phone Resources for Senior Citizens

cell phones for seniors

With more and more people entering their senior years using cellphones for everything from keeping in touch with family to entertaining themselves with the latest games, figuring out how to budget for a cell phone is important for most seniors. With plans ranging from simple pay as you go flip phones to smart phones with unlimited data, there are a lot of options to choose from. Here are some tips for making sure you are getting the best deal for yourself or your loved one.

 

First, figure out what you really need. With so many different capabilities being offered on digital devices, it can get overwhelming to decide what kind of phone is right for you. Do you need the smart phone with GPS and apps? Or would your needs be met by a simpler flip phone for calls and texts only? Many companies have developed senior-friendly phones that include higher volume options, bigger buttons, and simpler menu screens to help seniors navigate their devices. If you still aren’t sure, ask the provider if you can take the phone model you are considering for a test drive. Make sure you choose a phone that works for you.

 

Many providers are now offering senior discounts and services geared specifically to their 65+ customers. AT&T’s Senior Nation Plan offers service for basic phones for seniors 65 and older. With their plan, you get 200 anytime minutes, unlimited calls to other AT&T customers, and 500 minutes for nights and weekends for $29.99 per month. Verizon’s Nationwide 65+ Plan includes 200 anytime minutes and pay as you go texting for $29.99 per month. You can add data to this plan for $10 for every 75MB. T-Mobile’s Pay As You Go Plan is perfect for seniors looking to use their cell phones for emergencies only, with plans starting at $3 per month for 30 minutes of calls or 30 texts.

 

Greatcall is a service geared towards helping seniors stay connected and independent through their mobile phone options. Their devices were made with seniors’ needs in mind. Their Jitterbug Smart2 smartphone offers a simplified menu screen and internet access while the Jitterbug Flip offers bigger buttons, a brighter screen, and a powerful speaker. All Jitterbug phones come with built-in support at the push of a button, connecting the user with 24/7 5-star urgent response agents. Greatcall services provide peace of mind for relatives and keep seniors connected. Their service plans start at just $19.99 per month.

 

If you are a low-income household, you may qualify for some additional discounts for cell phone service. Lifeline is a government funded program that helps low-income families get discounted internet or cell phone services. Lifeline can help get you connected with local providers that participate in the discount program. There is a limit of one discount per household and it can only be used for cell phone OR internet, but not both. Many big providers also offer low-income discounts. These services are not listed, though, so you will need to ask potential providers directly if they offer these programs and if you qualify.

 

A cell phone makes you instantly connected to family and friends, providing peace of mind and convenience. Choosing a cell-phone service is an individualized choice based on your needs and budget. Take the time to choose the service that is right for you or your loved one and don’t be afraid to shop around and compare prices for the best deal.

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