A list of the best carriers and plans for senior citizens.
Overall Winner: T-Mobile
T-Mobile’s Magenta Unlimited, for only $70 a month, offers unlimited talk, text, and LTE data for two lines. There are no taxes and fees to be paid above that amount either, so you’ll pay a flat rate every month. That’s a 50% saving on T-Mobile’s regular rate.
T-Mobile also offers optional 480p (DVD quality) unlimited video streaming, 5GB LTE data, and international roaming for Canada and Mexico beyond the set rate. Seniors even get free in-flight texting for 60 minutes and data on any Gogo-enabled flight worldwide.
Emergency Plan Winner: GreatCall
An excellent option for seniors who cell phones sparingly. So if you’re looking for a cell phone plan that’s good for emergency calling, GreatCell has plans that start at $14.99 for 250 minutes, $3 for 500 texts, and $2.49 for 100MB of data. GreatCell’s 5Star Urgent Response button for emergency assistance, 24/7 access to a registered nurse or a board-certified doctor is what also makes it perfect for older customers.
Prepaid Winner: Metro by T-Mobile
If a no-frills prepaid plan is what you need, get Metro by T-Mobile’s $40 monthly plan that gives you unlimited talk, texts, and 10GB 4G LTE data. The mentioned cost includes all taxes and fees. It also includes Wi-Fi calling, data maximizer for streaming, and Scam ID. You can purchase a device outright or use your current device as well.
Basic Winner: Consumer Cellular
This service is geared toward senior citizens. Rates start at $20 per month and include 250 minutes, 250MB data, and unlimited texting. A two-line plan sharing the same features costs $35 per month. AARP members get a 5% discount on monthly service costs. The company also allows you to change your plan every month in case you need more or less data or are traveling. They even offer a flip phone with larger buttons for seniors.
Flexible Winner: US Mobile
US Mobile offers a wide array of flexible options. Prices start at $2 for 75 minutes, $1.50 for 50 texts, and $2 for 100MB data and go up to $8 for unlimited minutes, $6 for unlimited texts, and $26 for 8GB LTE data. There’s also an unlimited everything plan for $40 per month. Try their 30-day risk-free trial and get a full refund if you’re not totally satisfied with their service.