12 Best Cellphone Plans for Seniors

12 Best Cellphone Plans for Seniors

Most people, even seniors, need to have a cell phone. But that doesn’t mean that everyone has enough money to buy a brand-new, top-of-the-line smartphone and pay the monthly plan fee. No matter why you want a cheap cellphone plan, you have options.

Many providers in the U.S. now have cellphone plans for older people. Most of the time, these cellphone plans are made to be simple and affordable, and many of them come with handsets that are easy for seniors to use. We’ll look at the best cell cellphone plans for seniors in this article. But before we start, let’s talk about the different kinds of cellphone plans you might have.

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Types of cellphone Plans

Most wireless plan providers offer different kinds of cell cellphone plans, so you should think about what you want before you go shopping. You should choose the type of plan based on how much you plan to use it and whether or not you need a new phone as part of the deal. There are three main kinds of plans you will see:

Pre-paid/Pay-as-you-go: These cellphone plans have a lot of room for change and are good for light to moderate use. They let you pre-pay for a set number of calls, texts, and data, and most of the time the user can’t go over this amount and accidentally get charged more. When your pre-paid pack is done, you can buy another one from the provider through an automated service, or you can set up the plan so that a new package starts automatically at the beginning of each month.

Unlimited/semi-unlimited: These cellphone plans are usually set up for a year or more, but some providers will let you set up a rolling month-to-month plan. If you need data or expect to make a lot of calls or texts, it’s usually cheaper to get an unlimited plan than a pre-paid plan.

Sim-only: This is the cheapest option for people who don’t need a new cellphone as part of their plan. With a “sim-only” plan, you only pay for the data, minutes, and texts that you get through your sim card. Most of the time, this card will work on any unlocked device that is compatible with it. However, it is important to make sure with the provider. Again, this depends on the provider. Sim-only contracts can be pay-as-you-go or unlimited.

1. Q Link Wireless

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You may be eligible for a free Q Link plan if you are unemployed or get government benefits like SNAP, Medicaid, Veteran’s Pension, Social Security, and Department of Housing. You have to bring your phone, but thanks to the federal Lifeline & Emergency Broadband Benefit program, the 4G LTE/5G coverage plan is free after that.

Q Link isn’t just for seniors; people of all ages can join. It does need an application, but it’s a simple one that’s usually quickly approved.

With the plan, you can:

  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Unlimited picture messaging
  • Unlimited data
  • Voicemail

2. FreedomPop

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FreedomPop’s cell cellphone plan is the most affordable because its minimum use plan is made for seniors and is completely free. But this free plan is limited in what it offers, so it might not be a good choice if you’re likely to go over your usage limits, especially when it comes to data. FreedomPop doesn’t make its customers sign long-term contracts, so you can leave your chosen plan at any time.

FreedomPop’s free plan includes:

  • 10 text messages
  • Unlimited calls over Wi-Fi
  • 25 MB of data

FreedomPop’s $15/month plan includes:

  • Unlimited text messages
  • Unlimited calls over Wi-Fi
  • 250 minutes
  • 1 GB of data

3. T-Mobile

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The Unlimited Age 55+ plans from T-Mobile are great for seniors who don’t want to worry about being charged extra for data, minutes, or text messages. People think that T-Mobile has great customer service, and the fact that they have plans that cover use overseas makes them a great choice for seniors who like to travel. Like FreedomPop, T-Mobile has a variety of plans that don’t require you to sign up for a long-term contract.

Plans from T-Mobile start at $27.50 per month and come with:

  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited data
  • Unlimited text messages
  • Free scam protection

4. AT&T

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T has a cellphone plan for people over 65, but it’s not widely known. One of the best things about using AT&T is that AARP members can get big discounts. If you need unlimited data, their plans can be very expensive. (It’s also important to note that their basic plan for seniors doesn’t include any data.) AT&T’s plans, on the other hand, can be changed in many ways, and the company is known for having good customer service. AT&

AT&T’s Basic Senior Plan starts at $29.99/month and includes:

  • 200 anytime minutes
  • 500 night and weekend minutes

AT&T’s Unlimited Senior Plan starts at $40/month and includes:

  • Two lines
  • Unlimited texts
  • Unlimited minutes
  • Unlimited data

5. Mint Mobile

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Mint Mobile has very cheap plans for SIM cards only, which are great for people who already have a cellphone or want to buy one outright. Their plans are very flexible and can be used with any unlocked cellphone. You should know that Mint Mobile uses T-network. Mobile’s This means that you will have access to 5G, but your service may be slower during peak times because T-Mobile customers will get priority.

The Unlimited Plan from Mint Mobile costs $15 per month and comes with:

  • Unlimited data
  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited text messages

6. Cricket Wireless

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Even though Cricket Wireless doesn’t have any cell cellphone plans that are specifically made for seniors, they are still on this list because they are flexible and affordable in general. Cricket is great because even their most basic plans include unlimited calls, texts, and data. The mid-range and high-end plans just give the user access to more advanced features like preventing fraud and finding telemarketers.

The Basic Plan from Cricket Wireless starts at $25 per month. The plan, which costs $30 a month, includes:

  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • Unlimited data
  • Fraud prevention
  • Telemarketer detection

7. Verizon

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Verizon is one of the best and most affordable providers to get a cell cellphone plan that includes a new device. Their plans are a little more expensive than the others on this list, but you can get the newest cellphone, which helps to make up for this. If you plan to use a lot of data, a Verizon cellphone is also a good choice because most of their plans come with unlimited data.

Verizon’s Senior Plans cost between $40 and $60 per month, depending on the device and how many lines are included. All senior plans include:

  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • Unlimited data

8.  Snapfon

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Snapfon has a variety of affordable cell phones that are easy to use and easy to get. Their devices are great for older people who have trouble seeing, hearing, or moving around because they work with hearing aids and have bigger buttons than most other smartphones. Snapfon also offers professional sosPLUS monitoring for an extra $19.99 per month. This service is meant to notify medical professionals and loved ones in case of a medical emergency.

Snapfon plans start at just $10/month. Their $25-per-month plan comes with:

  • Unlimited minutes
  • Unlimited text messages
  • Limited data depending on the area (they do not offer any unlimited data plans)

9. Consumer Cellular

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Consumer Cellular is different from the other providers on this list because it only serves people over 55. Customers who buy a Consumer Cellular plan can choose a new smartphone or activate the plan on an unlocked phone they already own. Consumer Cellular gets high marks for its customer service and flexibility. Users can switch plans at any time and don’t have to sign long-term contracts.

The two most popular cell cellphone plans from Consumer Cellular are:

  • Start at $15/month for unlimited minutes
  • Start at $30/month for unlimited minutes, texts, and data

10. Republic Wireless

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Republic Wireless cell cellphone plans are a great choice for people who don’t want to sign a long-term agreement. Like Consumer Cellular, users can choose a plan that includes a handset or set up the plan on an already unlocked Android phone. Plans from Republic Wireless are not yet available for iPhones, which is too bad. The company doesn’t have any plans with unlimited data, so people who want to stream music or videos on their devices may not be able to use them.

Plans from Republic Wireless start at $15 per month and include:

  • Unlimited minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • Data is charged at an additional $5/month, per GB

11. Lively (Formerly GreatCall)

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If you want a phone that doesn’t give you a lot of trouble, Lively might be the right provider for you. Their plan doesn’t include data, so you don’t have to worry about overage fees, and there are no contracts, so you can leave whenever you want. This cell phone provider takes the confusion out of modern cell phone plans and gives you a simple flip phone called the Jitterbug Flip2 for a one-time fee of USD 99 or a simple smartphone called the Jitterbug Smart3 for a one-time fee of USD 149.99.

Seniors were in mind when the phones were made. They have bigger buttons, a bigger screen, and GreatCall’s exclusive 5star Urgent Response button on the keypad, which gets you to help in any emergency. The phone also has a camera, voice dialing, a flashlight, and a magnifier built right in.

Plans start at $14.99 (USD) per month, which includes:

  • 300 minutes
  • 10 cents per text
  • Customizable data (if you choose the smartphone) can be added for an additional fee

The most popular plan starts at $19.99 per month, which includes:

  • Unlimited minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • Customizable data (if you choose the smartphone) can be added for an additional fee

12. Assurance Wireless

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As part of the federal Lifeline and Emergency Broadband Benefit program, Assurance Wireless, which is owned by T-Mobile, gives people with low-income coverage and, in some cases, a free smartphone. You are likely to qualify if you have a small fixed income or get other government benefits. Users don’t get charged, don’t have to sign a contract, and don’t have to pay any fees to get started.

Users get the following as part of the plan:

  • Unlimited Data.
  • Unlimited Texts.
  • Unlimited Minutes.
  • 10GB Hotspot Data.

Bonus: RAZ Mobility

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RAZ Mobility does not have cell cellphone plans, but they are on this list because their phones are good for seniors. Their MiniVision2 Phone makes it possible for blind or visually impaired older adults to use a cellphone phone. This device has braille features, bigger buttons, and an easy-to-read screen. RAZ Mobility also has a Memory Phone for people with dementia or memory loss. This device puts a picture next to each contact automatically, which makes it easier to call and be called. It also has a big, easy-to-find button for calling 911 in case of an emergency.

Since RAZ Mobility phones don’t come with plans, people who want to use them should look for a cheap sim-only plan from one of the other providers on this list.

Memory Phone and MiniVision2 Phone are both priced at $309.

How to decide on the best plan

Don’t worry if all the choices make you feel a little overwhelmed. There is a lot of help you can get. Most providers have great customer service and can help you find the right fit through phone consultations. If you’d rather talk to someone in person, you can go to a nearby store and talk to a customer service rep.