Once you hit the age of 55, it’s time to take advantage of the deals and cell phone discounts for seniors offered by hundreds of different companies. This includes offers from a variety of cellular service providers. Here are just a few of them that offer reduced rates.
Verizon Wireless is one of the most well-known providers in the United States and abroad. Their 55 Plus Plan provides unlimited 4G LTE data, unlimited Talk and Text, DVD-quality streaming, unlimited mobile hotspot, Verizon “Up” rewards, and the service includes Mexico and Canada. There are restrictions on this temporary offer. First, it is for Floridians only who are currently on their “Go Unlimited” plan. You must also sign up for paperless billing and their automatic payment plan. The cost is $60 per month, not including taxes and fees.
T-Mobile has its own 55 + plan. T-Mobile offers two lines for $70 per month as long as you use automatic payment as well. In their plan, you receive unlimited talk, text, and LTE data. The price includes texting abroad, includes Mexico and Canada, unlimited streaming entertainment, inflight texting and an hour of data on GoGo, and mobile hotspot. Taxes and fees are included in their price quote.
Consumer Cellular has unlimited plans starting at $25 per month. That includes unlimited talk and text and other select talk plans. At $15 per month, you can get over 200 minutes of talk time. If you prefer, you can buy unlimited minutes for $20 per month. Plus, as a partner in the AARP’s 55 plan, Consumer Cellular offers a 5% discount on their monthly service. There are no contracts necessary. This makes them one of the more flexible providers in the market, as most companies have strict terms and conditions as well as contract requirements.
Republic Wireless is another company that offers a host of options based on usage. They also offer unlimited talk and text but for only $15 per month, and for another $5 per GB, you can add on high speed LTE data. For people who rarely send text messages and don’t download a lot of videos, television shows, or games, you can get by on as little as 2 GB each month. However, if family and friends send you a lot of pictures, you might need a higher amount in your service plan. They are currently partnered with two of the largest 4G LTE networks, but if you live in the remoter areas of the United States, ensure that they do offer coverage there. A nice perk is that Republic gives you 14 days to decide. If you aren’t satisfied with their coverage, you get your money back.
Boost Mobile has multiple services, many of which cost more than others. Their $60 “Boost Unlimited Plus Plan” includes unlimited talk, text, and data along with 20GB mobile hotspot for hotspot-enabled devices. Regardless of the plan you choose, they at least provide prices that include the amount for taxes and fees. In addition to choosing your unlimited plan, you can purchase a variety of new and used phones and phone insurance and directly from their website.
AT&T is a well-known provider and offers senior discounts on phones and plans. They cover over 325 million people in the US and brag the fewest dropped calls. Seniors can save 10% on the monthly cost of specific qualifying wireless plans and 15% of eligible accessories. For those people who are 65 +, AT&T will give you 200 “Anytime Minutes,” Unlimited “mobile-to-mobile” minutes, and 500 minutes for nights and weekends. That means they don’t charge for roaming and long distance calls when you use your minutes.
The majority of the population use smartphones these days, so most plans incorporate data costs in them. AT&T plans start at $25 for 1 GB of monthly data and cost an additional $20 as the access charge for one smartphone. If you use a lot of your smartphone’s features, you may want to sign up for a plan that gives you more data. The next tier costs $50 per month. That means, you’ll pay $70 for the service, but that does not include taxes and fees. These prices also only apply if you sign up with autopay and paperless billing. AT&T will shave another $10 off if you sign a two-year contract. If you don’t mind the commitment, you can have a decent plan for $54 per month.
Regardless of the discounts, always remember that many of the quotes you receive from cellular companies will not include all the required charges. There are federal, state, and local taxes, as well as surcharges imposed by the carriers. Depending upon where you live, these charges can range from $12 to $28, and that’s true of any carrier you choose. Most of the companies will offer additional discounts for using autopay (like AT&T) and more often that not, providers will allow you to transfer your phone number when you make a change.
People may long for the days when “multiple” phone lines meant having more than one telephone in the house. Take comfort, though. At least the smartphones in use today can order you pizza, give you directions, play music, and take calls at the same time.
If you’re looking for a list of exciting senior discounts, check out this post: The National Senior Discounts List For 2018.
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Note that while discounts have been found on vendor websites, some have not been verified by the vendor. Always check with your local vendor before purchases to ensure a discount is valid.
Author: Linda Noskewicz