Best Cell Phone Plans For Seniors

If you or a loved one are over 50 and looking for a cell phone plan, you may find that big-name carriers just aren’t suited to your needs. Fortunately for seniors and retirees, there are plans and companies catered to customers with a little more life experience  and you’ll even get the reassurance of 24/7 access to medical help when needed.

Seniors Wireless and Great Call both provide simple monthly cell phone plans and easy-to-use devices, combined with health and emergency assistance such as unlimited access to medical advice.

Senior cell phone usage patterns typically fall into one of two groups, those who would simply like a cell phone for emergencies and an occasional call and those who prefer to chat regularly. Jitterbug plans are not only affordable for occasional and emergency use; they are a bargain for frequent talkers as well. With plans starting at just $14.99 per month, now you can have a simple, dependable cell phone for less than a daily cup of coffee.

Jitterbug – phones for seniors

The Jitterbug5 is a basic feature phone that includes a bright color screen and a powerful speaker for clear conversation: ideal for users who may not have the best eyesight or hearing. The large backlit keypad also includes the 5Star Medical Alert button, so users can request urgent help with a single touch.

If you prefer a smartphone, the Jitterbug Touch (pictured right) comes with a bright 4-inch touchscreen and built-in 5Star health and safety apps, including access to Great Call’s Link application. Link is an app that Great Call customers and their families can download to notify each other of any Medical Alert requests, as well as other safety information such as your phone’s battery status and if you’ve arrived safely at a destination.

Plans and features

Plan-wise, voice calls start at $5 per month for 50 minutes of talk, with text messages starting at $3.00 for 300 texts. You’ll pay $10 per month for 400 minutes, $20 for 800 minutes, and $30 for 1500 minutes or you can sign up for the $40 per monthUnlimited Talk and Text plan, which also includes 100MB of bonus data for the Jitterbug Touch.

If you’re using the Touch smartphone, small amounts of data are available to add to your plan, with 100MB charged at $5 per month. If you require more, 200MB is priced at $10, 500MB at $15, 1GB is $20 and 2.5GB will cost you $30.

The LG Revere® 3 is perfect for those who prefer the simplicity of a basic flip phone with a few advanced capabilities, such as web browsing. The Revere 3 includes physical keys, making dialing and texting a breeze. For ease of use, its 2.2-inch color LCD screen has a menu with a large font size.

The rugged DuraXV+ by Kycoera is ideal for seniors who enjoy the outdoors. The flip phone meets US military standards for extreme conditions, whether that means working on an outdoor project or whitewater rafting. The DuraXV+ features a 2.4-inch internal display and a 1.08-inch external display, plus a 5-megapixel rear camera.

Seniors interested in trying a smartphone might like the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime™, which is great for beginners. Its “Easy Mode” simplifies the phone’s home screen, increases the size of fonts and icons for improved readability. It also makes the most-often-used features, such as email and camera, easily accessible on its 4.5-inch WVGA screen.