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By: SeniorDiscounts.com - The Largest Directory of Discounts for Seniors

There are now wireless plan options available for seniors that would like to have a cell phone but do not need all of the extras and high costs associated with many of the current cell plans and providers. These cell phone plans can be a great alternative for people who would like to have a cell phone in case of emergencies or while traveling.

We should note that while these plans are more affordable, they have a limited amount of usage minutes attached to the plans and people who may use a cell phone more often may find that other, more common plans may better fit their needs. It can be difficult to track the actual number of minutes used and we tend to use our phones more often than we expect.

Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus

Similar to the AT&T Senior Nation 200 plan for seniors, Verizon now has a wireless cell phone plan for people 65 years of age and older. And like AT&T, this new lower cost plan is geared towards seniors who may not use a cell phone very often, but wish to have a phone for emergencies and stay connected to family, friends, children, grandchildren and physicians for medical monitoring purposes.

The Verizon plan is structured much like the other plan offered by AT&T, but has a few added features. The new plan includes 200 Anytime Minutes, 500 Night & Weekend Minutes and unlimited National IN calling minutes for a $29.99 monthly access fee. You can also add extra lines, call internationally and have access to the Internet. Fees may apply.

Plan Details:

  • 200 Anytime minutes
  • 500 Nights and Weekends minutes
  • No Domestic Roaming or Long Distance Charges
  • Unlimited National IN Calling Minutes

Plan Costs:

  • $35.00 activation fee; $25 for secondary Nationwide 65 Plus 2-line Calling Plan line
  • $29.99 monthly access fee
  • $.45 per minute for additional minutes
  • One or two year minimum term required per line

Included Plan Features:

  • Access to Mobile Web 2.0
  • Three-Way Calling
  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting
  • Basic Voice Mail (Airtime minutes may be charged for accessing voicemail)
  • Long Distance
  • 411 calling, fees apply

Early termination fees of up to $175 per line will apply. If you think that you or your loved ones may use more minutes than those allotted by this plan, you may want to look into plans with more minutes, as you can not add more minutes to the Senior Nation 200 plan and it may be difficult for phone users to determine how many minutes they are actually using every month.

(One must be at least 65 years old to be eligible for the Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus rate plan.)

For the complete details of the Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus rate plan, visit: Verizon Wireless

Consumer Cellular

Consumer Cellular is not specifically for seniors, but has cellular wireless plans that are simple, inexpensive and provide a variety of low cost wireless plans. Consumer Cellular buys airtime from the other leading wireless providers and then repackages those minutes into its own service plans. Because they purchase their airtime form other providers, the coverage is essentially the same as the other cellular companies.

The advantage with Consumer Cellular is that there are no long term contracts and they offer a "Risk Free Satisfaction Guarantee." This allows one to try the service for 30 days or 30 minutes of use (whichever comers first) and if you do not like the service you can cancel and pay nothing.

Consumer Cellular's wireless plans are simple and easy to understand. The plans start at $10 per month and have no long distance or roaming charges. You can change your plan at anytime and you can add an additional phone to the same plan for $10. There is a $35 activation charge and they only have four phones to choose from. They offer one phone for free after a rebate that must be submitted by mail, while the most expensive phone is $115.

Plans Costs and Details:

  • $35 one-time activation fee
  • Plans start at $10 per month
  • $.25 per minute for additional minutes
  • No long term contract
  • Voicemail is free, but airtime charges apply
  • No charges for switching plans
  • Can keep current cell phone number
  • No roaming or long distance charges
  • Text messaging available, but charges apply

Available Plans:

Anywhere 25
$10/month- No Minutes Included - $0.25 for each minute

Anywhere 100
$20/month - 100 Minutes - $0.25 per additional minute

Anywhere 400
$30/month - 400 Minutes - $0.25 per additional minute

Anywhere 800
$40/month - 800 Minutes - $0.25 per additional minute

Anywhere 1200
$50/month - 1200 Minutes - $0.25 per additional minute

Anywhere 1600
$60/month - 1600 Minutes - $0.10 per additional minute

For the complete details of the Consumer Cellular plans, visit: Consumer Cellular

Jitterbug

Jitterbug does not have any age requirements for its cell phone service, but states that its phones are ideal for seniors who want a simple plan that can be used for travel, emergencies, and low-volume calling.

Jitterbug plans start at $10 per month with no long distance or roaming fees. The plans are all pay as you go and require no contract and thus no early termination fees. You can pay monthly or yearly and can add minutes to the plans at any time. There is a one time set up fee of $35 for all plans. (Surcharges, government taxes and assessments are not included in their pricing and vary by state and municipality.)

There are only two phones to choose from and each costs about $150. The phones are designed to be easy to use and include larger numbers and buttons, larger screens and text and loader volumes.

Jitterbug provides 24 hour customer service that can make calls for you, provide directory assistance and add names to your phone list, but it comes at a price. For each Jitterbug operator-assisted call, 5 minutes are deducted from the available minutes on your plan and standard per minute usage rates apply for the length of the call.

Plan Costs and Details:

  • $35 One-time activation fee
  • Plans start at a $10 monthly access fee
  • $.35 per minute for additional minutes
  • No contract
  • Voicemail is $3 a month
  • No charges for switching plans
  • Regular minutes are good for 90 days
  • Add on minutes are good for one year

For the complete details of the Jitterbug plans, visit: Jitterbug

AT&T Senior Nation 200

AT&T recently released a wireless cell phone plan for people 65 years of age and older. This new plan is a lower cost plan geared towards seniors who may not use a cell phone very often, but wish to have a phone for emergencies and stay connected to family, friends, children, grandchildren and physicians for medical monitoring purposes.

The plan is structured much like the other plans offered by AT&T, but provides fewer monthly minutes and not as many extras and features. The new plan includes 200 Anytime Minutes, 500 Night & Weekend Minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling for a $29.99 monthly access fee.

Plan Details:

  • 200 Anytime minutes
  • 500 Nights and Weekends minutes
  • No roaming or wireless long distance charges
  • Unlimited Mobile to Mobile minutes
  • Rollover minutes not included on this plan

Plan Costs:

  • $36.00 One-time activation fee
  • $29.99 monthly access fee
  • $.45 per minute for additional minutes
  • 2 Year contract length

Included Plan Features:

  • Three-Way Calling
  • Call Forwarding
  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting
  • Basic Voice Mail (Airtime minutes may be charged for accessing voicemail)
  • Long Distance

As with most cell phone plans, early termination fees will apply, although AT&T offers a 30 day cancelation policy to avoid the $175 termination fee. If you think that you or your loved ones may use more minutes than those allotted by this plan, you may want to look into plans with more minutes, as you can not add more minutes to the Senior Nation 200 plan and it may be difficult for phone users to determine how many minutes they are actually using every month.

(One must be at least, 65 years old to be eligible for the Senior Nation 200 rate plan. If AT&T determines that the subscriber is not eligible for this plan, it will change your rate plan to one for which you qualify.)

For the complete details of the AT&T Senior Nation 200 rate plan, visit: AT&T