Unfortunately, the simple fact that you’re a senior citizen is usually not enough to make you qualify for a free government cell phone. But don’t despair because several companies offer low-cost plans that make cell phone plans affordable.
Jim Miller, the Savvy Senior guy, has done it again. He’s complied a list of inexpensive cell phone plans for senior citizens (especially those whose phones aren’t glued to their ears like cell-addicted teens).
In other words, these plans are aimed at those who only use them once in a while or in case of emergencies. Here’s a quick summary of Miller’s discoveries:
T-Mobile’s crazy cheap plan
For seniors who are light/infrequent cell phone users, “prepaid” or “pay as you go” plans are the way to go if you want to save money. With these services, you buy a certain amount of minutes (for talk or text) that must be used within a specified period of time.
Lots of companies — even a few free government cell phone companies — offer low-cost pay-as-you-go or pre-paid plans. But no one offers one as good as T-Mobile.
The Savvy Senior explains the T-Mobile plan:
For just $3 per month, this plans provides any combination of 30 minutes of talk or 30 text messages. If you want more, you can pay an additional 10 cents per minute/message when you sign up, or you can make adjustments later. You also don’t have to worry about overage charges with this plan, because once you reach your talk/text limit for the month, the phone stops working. And, if you have a compatible device, you won’t need to purchase a new cell phone.
But what if you’re a bit more talkative? What if you need considerably more minutes and texts each month and don’t want to deal with the hassle of paying as you go? Well, the Savvy Senior has a couple plans for you.
Pure Talk USA: Senior talkers and texters rejoice! Take a look at this company’s Senior AddVantage Plan. For just $10 per month, you get any combination of 300 minutes of talk or 900 text messages. And the news gets even better because you can bring along your own unlocked phone.
Doro PhoneEasy 626: Many of our senior readers ask if any of the free government cell phone companies offer senior-friendly phones. (You can read our standard answer here.) But Doro ups the ante by offering a senior-friendly phone featuring large, raised buttons that make it much easier to make calls and type text messages. It also features an easily accessible emergency call button. Doro PhoneEasy 626 phone costs $50 and calling plans begin at a very affordable $10 per month. The plan is available through ConsumerCellular.com.
Free government cell phones
No need for us to dwell on this subject because that’s exactly what this website is all about. Every single page of FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net is jam-packed with the kind of information low-income Americans need to get free talk, free texts and, in some cases, even data plans.
For more information on how to qualify, click here.
h/t: Senior Savvy