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The Best Cell Phone Plans and Phones for Seniors

Estelle Carlson of Redondo Beach, California, has had a smartphone for at least 10 years. Carlson, who is in her 70s, does everything on it: she banks, Facetimes with her cousin in Scotland and her granddaughters in Boston and Kaui, she writes “letters” and texts. “I can’t imagine being without it,” she says of her iPhone.

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Carlson is not alone. Smartphone use among seniors is growing every year, but it varies substantially by age: 59% of 65- to 69-year-olds have smartphones. But that drops off as seniors get older. Only 31% of 75- to 79-year-olds use them, according to the Pew Research Center.

What if you’re not a savvy iPhone user like Carlson and you want a cell phone only to use for emergency calls and texts? What if your elderly parent needs a phone with big buttons and loud volume, what then? Here, we break down the best cell phone plans and phones for seniors, no matter their mobile proficiency. From flip phones to the iPhone X, here’s what you need to know before you buy.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Cell Phone Plan

The first thing you should do when choosing a cell phone plan is to find out what companies have decent coverage in your home and in the areas you frequent. AT&T doesn’t work at our house in upstate New York, for example, but Verizon does. The last thing you want is to get a phone that won’t work in your home.

Start by asking neighbors what they use or ask family members if their phones work in your house. Every cell phone company – big or small – should have a map of coverage and allow you to plug in a zip code to see if it should work.

Here are five other things to consider when choosing a plan:

  1. AT&T, Consumer Cellular and Cricket Wireless offer AARP discounts. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon offer veteran discounts. It may pay to ask, “Do I qualify for a discount?” Also, seniors who qualify as low-income can get money to help pay for their cell phone or internet (not both) through the federal Lifeline program.
  2. How much data do you plan to use? Consider this when selecting a plan.
  3. Shared family plans. Consider piggybacking onto a spouse or child’s plan for $10-20 a month extra.
  4. Switching plans. Many people stick with the same company or the same plan for years because they don’t know what else is out there. But you could save $60 a month or more by switching.
  5. You can get a plan for under $20 a month to pair with a $60 flip phone. Or you can pay $100-plus a month for a plan to use on your $1100 iPhone 12. There are dozens of options in between. Determine what you’re willing to pay and ask the salesperson to add up all the fees, taxes, etc. so you know exactly what your bill will be each month.

6 Great Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

When it comes to cell phone plans, you can go with one of the big cell phone providers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) or opt for a smaller company (like Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Cricket Wireless and Jitterbug). All of them have their pros and cons.

Here are six popular plans for seniors:

1. AT&T’s GoPhone Daily

AT&T’s GoPhone Daily is another great option for seniors who want a phone for sporadic use and prefer AT&T’s coverage. It’s $2 a day only if you use the phone that day and $2/mo. And if you do, it’s unlimited calls and texts.

2. AT&T Senior Nation Plan

If you have a basic phone and not a smartphone, AT&T’s Senior Nation Plan is an option available only to seniors age 65 and older. You get 200 anytime minutes, unlimited calls to other AT&T customers and 500 nights and weekend minutes, all for $29.99 a month. This doesn’t include texting.

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3. Consumer Cellular

Whether you have a basic phone or the $1000 Apple X, Consumer Cellular is a good option for seniors, because it’s a U.S.-based company created with seniors in mind.

Plans for individuals start as low as $20 per month for 250 minutes, 250 MB of data and unlimited texting. A 2-line plan shares the same data and minutes for $35 per month.

4. Jitterbug

Jitterbug, aka “GreatCall,” offers plans specially designed for seniors. Plans start at $14.99 for 200 minutes, $3 for 300 text messages and $2.49 for 40MB of data. Both phones (a flip-phone and a smartphone) have big buttons and bright screens and include an Urgent Response button and 24/7 access to a registered nurse or doctor as part of the plan.

5. T-Mobile’s Pay As You Go

Seniors who want a cell phone for emergency use only will love T-Mobile’s Pay As You Go plan. It’s $3 a month for any combination of 30 minutes of phone calls or 30 text messages. Anything over that is 10 cents a minute per talk or text.

6. T-Mobile Unlimited 55+ Plan

One of the best plans for seniors who want to talk, text and stream videos is T-Mobile’s 55+ plan. You get two lines with unlimited talk, text and 5G data for $70 a month (including taxes and fees!). The primary account holder must be 55 or older, but the other person doesn’t.

Other great options for tech-savvy seniors include: Boost Mobile and U.S. Mobile. These companies don’t offer plans tailored specifically for seniors, but they offer great rates and are well-respected alternatives to the Big 4.

Selecting a Phone for a Senior in 2021

There are so many phones on the market, choosing a good one can be daunting. I recommend finding a plan first, then selecting a phone that works with that plan.

Here are tips for finding the perfect phone:

  • Basic vs. smart: You have two options for phones, a basic flip phone and a smartphone. Do you want apps, games and video capabilities on your phone? Opt for a smartphone. Will you use the phone for calls and texts only? Opt for a basic flip-phone.
  • Make a list: Create a list of the features needed before you shop. These could be big buttons, bright screen, easy on/off switch, GPS or voice command.
  • Read reviews: If you find a phone you like, check online to make sure it gets decent reviews.
  • Return policy: I’m convinced there would be fewer negative reviews if people took advantage of return policies. Almost every carrier will let you return a phone with no questions asked during a 14- to 30-day trial period.
  • Test drive: Those with dexterity, hearing or vision problems should try out phones in person to ensure the buttons (including the on/off buttons) are big enough, the ringer loud enough, etc. Many of the negative reviews I’ve read complain about volume (“I can’t hear the phone when it rings!”) and problems with buttons (“My fingers are too fat, or these buttons are too skinny”).

There are a few phones designed just for seniors, including the Doro 824 SmartEasy, the Jitterbug Flip and Jitterbug Smartphone. While these are designed with simplicity (and seniors) in mind, I couldn’t help but notice the reviews for them aren’t great. Of course, many seniors absolutely love them, but just as many seem to be “meh” about the design, function and simplicity. You might be better off with a phone from a more well-known brand like Apple, Google or Motorola that isn’t designed just for seniors.

Which cell phone plans and phones for seniors are you currently using? We’d like to hear more about your experiences in the comments below.

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July Derrick is a writer and editor who lives between Brooklyn, NY and upstate NY. She has more than 20 years experience writing and editing for online Websites including MSN.com and About.com and spent her first working years as a health reporter at various New Mexico newspapers. A native small town Texan, she enjoys visiting friends and family in Texas and when she’s not traveling home, she spends time with her husband and toddler son skiing in winter and sailing and hiking in the summer. She has a keen interest in aging issues and seniors because her father has had to adapt to becoming blind at 65 (he handles his situation with large doses of humor) and her feisty grandmother, “Meemaw,” lived to 96. She particularly enjoys finding solutions for the everyday issues people face as they and their loved ones age.

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The COVID pandemic has changed habits and reassigned priorities for all of us. There is, however, a segment of people whose natural way to treat crisis is to use the opportunities it offers: the entrepreneurs.

With an unprecedented economy stimulus coming from the U.S. Federal Reserve, the idea of starting new business (or investing in an existing one) became even more popular than previously. This, however, requires a certain level of preparation: you definitely don’t want to learn on your own mistakes losing money. Thankfully, business and entrepreneurship is the field where there are tons of useful and inspiring books to learn from.

But how to navigate through those thousands of books and authors? Let’s make an overview of the most in-demand business ebooks as of 2021.

Finance and Investments

Business books to read in 2021: top picks

Strongly recommended is “The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham, an eminent economist and investor of the 20th century. He has created a guide that has inspired millions of people around the world for 70 years. Since its first publication in 1949, the book has become a veritable bible of the stock market. The modern edition is supplemented by comments by financial journalist Jason Zweig, who draws parallels between Graham’s examples and modern realities, and also provides a deeper understanding of how to adapt the author’s philosophy to everyday life.

Internet Technology

The ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is a framework for standardizing the selection, planning, provision, maintenance and the entire life cycle of IT services in a company. The goal is to improve efficiency and achieve predictable service delivery. 

The ITIL books cover key concepts of service management, the four dimensions of service management, the ITIL service value system, and ITIL management practices.

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This is an extremely wide field of study, incorporating both motivational, inspiring books with those designed to improve hard skills. As for the first option, the “Money: Master the Game” by Tony Robbins keeps first place in our wish list.

Another must-read is “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill. This bestseller was written in the end of the 20th century and has been reprinted over 40 times. In his book, the author has collected the stories of famous millionaires of his time who stubbornly went towards their goals.

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The full form of PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctorate in Philosophy.

This is a postgraduate academic degree awarded to individuals who have gone through the process of studying and researching extensive subject matter in their field. It can be obtained from an accredited university and requires one to go through a research dissertation.

What Is The Meaning Of PHD?

PhD is a doctoral degree that takes the form of a research degree. It generally recommends a substantial amount of independent, original research and a formal defence of that research.

The word “Doctor” in the abbreviation PhD comes from Latin “doctor” which means “teacher”. In other words, PhD holders are teachers who have done extensive teaching and research as demonstrated by their dissertation.

What Is The Abbreviation Of Doctorate of Philosophy?

PhD is the abbreviation for Doctorate of Philosophy.

Doctorate of Philosophy is a postgraduate degree that requires three to five years of study and research. The abbreviation for Doctorate of Philosophy is PhD.

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A person can be awarded with a Master of Science degree (MS) after completing course work and passing a series of written and oral exams. Master’s degrees typically take one to three years to complete.

A PhD is a Doctoral Degree, which is the highest academic award in most countries. To earn a PhD in the US, students usually have to complete at least four years of study beyond an undergraduate degree.

Master’s degrees are often seen as higher than Doctoral Degrees because they require more advanced subject knowledge and coursework.

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We weren’t the only ones streaming the party yesterday. Apple held its latest event — the one that annually triggers iOS users to stop and think, “Hm, do I need an upgrade?”

Mobile gamers, in particular, could be tempted by the new iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, which got the new A15 Bionic chip. Apple said it’s the “fastest CPU in any smartphone” with a 6-core CPU (one more than the new non-Pro models). Because of the updates, the Pro models allow for 50% faster graphics and can last about 1.5-2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro and Max models, respectively.

Apple unveiling a new iPhone with a better camera is a free space on your bingo card every year. With this update, Pro models got a bigger, 77 mm telephoto lens (these help you to take photos of subjects that are farther away) with night mode and 3x optical zoom (up from 2x-2.5x). Users also get new wide and ultrawide cameras, autofocus, and a new mode for taking close-ups up to 2cm away.

The standard iPhone 13 and Mini models also feature the A15 Bionic chip. The dual camera got updates as well, but Apple is mostly playing up its new Cinematic Mode across all models. It’s basically portrait mode but for video.

Apple Watch Series 7 also got some upgrades, most notably a wider screen and 20% larger display.

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The biggest star of the show though was probably the iPad — specifically the new iPad Mini. It got the A15 Bionic chip and lost its home button — meaning it now looks like a mini iPad Air complete with a USB-C port and Touch ID on the power button. The iPad and iPad Mini also got ultrawide cameras with Center Stage. The feature uses machine learning to adjust the front-facing camera during FaceTime video calls to keep you in frame.

We’re looking forward to hearing what you’re most excited about and what you’re disappointed by — you too, Android users.

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