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Hassle-Free Cell Phone Providers Seniors Should Use

With so many cell phone providers and plans to choose from, it can be hard to find the best option for you. Luckily many great providers across the U.S. have specifically designed plans for seniors. This makes the options less complicated and will, in turn, help you find the perfect plan for you.

Whether you’re looking for a simple flip phone to make basic calls or are looking for all the bells and whistles of a smartphone, there is a perfect provider for you. Follow along as we uncover some of the top hassle-free cell phone providers seniors should use!

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GreatCall

Cost: Plans start $14.99 (USD) per month.

Features:

  • Customize call minutes (200 minutes monthly up to unlimited)
  • Customize texts (300 texts monthly up to 1500)
  • No Contracts

If you’re looking for a no-fuss phone then GreatCall might be the perfect provider for you. This plan doesn’t include data so you don’t have to worry about overage fees or figuring out how to use your phone. This cell phone provider takes away all the confusion of modern-day cell phone plans and offers you an uncomplicated flip phone, called the Jitterbug Flip so you can make calls with ease.

The phone was also designed with seniors in mind. It comes with bigger buttons, a large screen, and GreatCall’s exclusive 5star Urgent Response button on the keypad which gets you help in any emergency. Additionally, the phone also comes with a built-in camera, voice dialing, a flashlight, and a magnifier.

So here’s how Jitterbug Flip works. Start by paying $99 upfront for your new cell phone. Then choose how much you’d like to spend each month. Plans start at just $14.99 per month which gets you 250 calling minutes. You can also increase your plan to add more minutes. The highest plan offers you unlimited talk and text for just $39.99 per month.

Further, Jitterbug Flip uses the Verizon network. This means you’ll have amazing cell service anywhere in the U.S. better yet there are no contracts with their plans which means you can opt-out whenever you want. Learn more on their website.

T-Mobile

Cost: Plans range from $27.50 to $40 (USD) per month.

Features:

  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • Unlimited data

Perhaps you’re a little more tech-savvy and you want more out of your phone than simply just texting and calling. If that’s the case, T-Mobile may be the cell phone provider for you. Better yet, T-Mobile has plans designed specifically for seniors who are 55 years old or older.

You’ll have three plans to choose from. All three plans include unlimited text, calls, and data on their network with the features and benefits increasing with each plan. You can also sign up for autopay which allows your monthly fee to be charged to your credit card or withdrawn from your bank account each month. Better yet, autopay will save you an extra $5! Learn more on T-Mobile’s website.

Republic Wireless

Cost: Plans start as low as $15 (USD) per month.

Features:

  • Unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts
  • As much (or little) data as you would like
  • No long-term contracts

Republic Wireless is an excellent option for seniors. Their plans have no hidden fees or complicated options but do have one simple monthly fee for unlimited calls and text. If you are looking for data you can easily add it to your plan.

You’ll also enjoy that there is no annual contract. Unlimited text and call plans start at just $15 per month and you can add on high-speed 4G LTE data for just $5 per GB. Finally, you can bring your own phone or you can choose from an array of smartphones for purchase — your choice! Learn more on their website.

Consumer Cellular

Cost: Plans start at $15 (USD) per month.

Features:

  • Choose between 250 minutes or unlimited calls
  • Unlimited texts with data plans
  • No contracts
  • Discounts for AARP members

Consumer Cellular is a great option for seniors because their plans are easy to understand and they’re affordable too. Not only can you customize your plan to meet your needs but they’re also super flexible allowing you to change your plan in the future.

You can bring your own unlocked phone or you can choose from their wide range of choices from basic flip phones to smartphones. Next, you’ll choose your plan. At Consumer Cellular you can get 250 calling minutes for just $15 per month or unlimited calls for $20. Depending on how much you need, data plans range from $5 to $40. You will also get unlimited texts with all data plans. Finally, there are no contracts which means you can cancel or change your plan at any time.

Finally, Consumer Cellular also offers additional discounts for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) members. Members can save 5-percent each month, 30-percent off selected accessories, and can benefit from an extended warranty plan. Learn more about their current plans and discounts on their website.

AT&T

Cost: Senior plans start as low as $29.99 (USD) per month.

Features:

  • Wide range of plans to choose from
  • Unlimited, prepaid, and International options available
  • Discounts for AARP members

AT&T is a renowned cell phone provider and offers plenty of options for you. If you’re 65 or older you can benefit from the AT&T Senior Nation plan. This plan costs $29.99 per month and gets you 200 anytime minutes as well as 500 nights and weekend minutes. This plan does not come with texts or data.

If you need a little more than just calling minutes then you might enjoy the Unlimited&More plan. This plan gets you unlimited calls, texts, and data for just $40 per month. Keep in mind with AT&T there is no contract if you bring your own device. That said, if you purchase a device through them you’ll likely be subject to a contract.

Finally, if you’re an AARP member you can get 10-percent off qualified plans as well as 15-percent off wireless accessories. All in all, this is a great option if you’re looking to get a bit more out of your phone and you’ll get great cell coverage too. Learn more about their current plans on AT&T’s website.

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa is the Junior Managing Editor of ActiveBeat. She aspires to live a healthy lifestyle by staying active and eating foods that nourish her body, but she isn't afraid to indulge in a little chocolate here and there! Clarissa loves cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her dog. In her free time, you'll find her relaxing in her hammock or curled up on the couch reading a book.

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