Best cell phone plans for seniors from T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint

Best cell phone plans for seniors from T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint
What's that you say, US carriers are some of the most expensive you can find anywhere in the world? Why, it was good when they were shelling out iPhone subsidies to you, or when they were in a plan price war, but that period is over, and now the best unlimited plans are encroaching on the $100/month threshold for a single line. Fret not, however, you don't have to go the neutered prepaid route to get some decent deal on wireless, as long as you belong to some special categories of citizens - like seniors... or vets.

Recently, the top US carriers revamped their dedicated plans for people above a certain age, introducing enticing discounts, and bringing the age threshold down to 55+ in most cases, even on Verizon. We'd hardly call that senior citizen, but whatever rocks the marketing boat, so here are the best cell phone plans for seniors from the big four carriers with all their advantages and cons.

Verizon


How to get it: not available for new customers

Verizon has no less than two senior plans, the Nationwide 65 Plus Plan (for current customers), and the Go Unlimited 55+ variation, which, however, is only valid for states with a large number of senior citizens like Florida, Illinois, or Missouri. While the pricing of the 55+ one is very straightforward - $60 for one line and $80 for two lines - the 65+ comes way more convoluted and expensive:



T-Mobile


How to get it: call 1-866-454-1206, go to the website or visit a local retail store

Hands down the best pricing for seniors goes to T-Mobile now. Unlike Verizon's convoluted offerings with a boatload of restrictions, T-Mobile's 55+ plan (primary account holder must be 55 or older) is simple as pie, and offers plenty of perks:


How to get it: you have to go to a Sprint store

For ages 55 and up (on both lines), Sprint recently announced a new plan - Unlimited 55+ - right after the announcement of a possible merger with T-Mobile. It's just $70 with AutoPay, the same as T-Mobile's. 



AT&T

Usually, AT&T is in the golden middle when it comes to plan-pricing and network speeds, and second after Verizon on coverage. Not with its Senior Nation plan, though - this one is dead last in our ranking, as it only offers 200 minutes for $29.99, and $0.45/minute afterwards, and is meant for basic phones only, as there is no data option attached. 

It does allow for 500 additional minutes on weekday nights after 9 p.m. and on weekends, but that's about all the perks AT&T gives seniors, bummer.

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6 Comments

1. porky

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 09, 2017

I am pretty much a senior at 76 and the best plan for me is Mint Mobile. $15.00 a month for 2 gb per month, unlimited voice & text !

2. RocketDoc

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 24, 2018

T-Mobile suckered you with their little sleight-of-hand; the plan costs $35/line if you get 2 lines, but if you only need one line, in the FAQ it is revealed to cost $50 (requires AutoPay).

3. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Those are horrible plans for ANYONE.

4. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

My mom is 80 and she wouldn't know what to do with a smart phone even if I explained it every day for a month. I tried to give her my backup phone (LG Optimus Zone 3) that I bought just to use as an MP3 player and she reacted as if I was trying to giver her a poisonous snake wrapped around a loaded gun. She prefers to stay with her Boostmobile flip phone that she buys talk minutes for like $0.10 a minute.

5. smoked_2na unregistered

Not even close. The best plan for seniors is ( Google Project Fi ). The majority of seniors are just interested in making and receiving PHONE calls. Since you can't buy a decent feature phone anymore to just make phone calls seniors are forced to navigate the landmines of to high priced data consumption. The ( Google Project Fi ) at ( $20/mo ) for ( UNLIMITED VOICE & TEXT ) is all seniors need. Just turn off CELLULAR data for mom or any other senior you are assisting. If the senior needs a second line it's an additional ( $15 ) for another ( UNLIMITED VOICE & TEXT ) line. Or if they are already COMCAST customers, put them on ( XFINITY MOBILE ) if they have Internet in their plan for ( $0 ) per month for ( UNLIMITED VOICE & TEXT ). Now those are the most reasonable costs for seniors. I won't even go down the super cheap ( MintSim, FreedomPop, etc ) MVNO rat hole.

6. SeniorMama

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 2018

I think you are generalizing a great deal when you say the only thing seniors use their phones for is calling and texting. I know a great many seniors, being one myself, who use their phones to do research on the web, keep records, do financial transactions (besides just shopping or paying bills), hunt for housing, and so on. Please stop selling us short just because we are aging, that doesn't mean we have lost our intelligence or forgotten how to use it. We just don't always brag about it.

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