There are a variety of cheap wireless phones available for the elderly or those looking for prepaid low cost cell phones. Inexpensive cell phones for seniors can be life savers in cases of emergency. If you end up stranded on the side of a road somewhere or suffer an unfortunate fall and cannot get up, carrying your fully charged mobile phone will allow you to easily call friends, family, or 911.
You should verify that the carrier you choose has coverage in your area; an easy task online. For those that want to avoid a contract, a family member could add you to their plan for a few extra bucks per month. If not, these prepaid low cost cell phones are a great option.
Five Most Affordable Cell Phones for Senior Citizens
This prepaid low cost flip style wireless phone cost around $15. The TracFone is hearing aid compatible (HAC). Some of the other features of this basic cell phone include a color screen, hands free speaker, and a flashlight. The keys are nicely spaced for easier dialing.
The Jax is an affordable simple cell phone for senior citizens. Available in pinkish-purple and black for around $10, it is not a flip phone. Features include TTY/TDD, HAC, a color screen, voice dialing and speakerphone. The keys are raised but slightly smaller than the TracFone.
The Flare is a flip phone that is compatible with hands-free headsets (Bluetooth). It comes with a power adapter and costs around $15. Features of this cheap prepaid mobile phones for seniors include TTY/TDD, HAC, voice activated dialing and speakerphone. Perhaps the best feature of the Flare is that you can adjust the font size. The keys are raised and not too small for easy dialing.
These simple and inexpensive prepaid cell flip phones are available for between $10 and $20. Features include a two-way speakerphone, TTY/TDD, HAC. You will need to purchase a charger separately. The Kyocera TNT is a great basic mobile phone but I do not recommend it for texting or for those that value great graphics.
Samsung U350 Glint
This prepaid wireless flip phone costs around $30. Call your friends and family with voice activated dialing. Other features include speaker phone, headset capability, camera, and advanced speech recognition. The screen size is nice but the key pad may be difficult for men with large fingers.
Wireless Airtime Minutes
In my opinion, Virgin Mobile and TracFone offer the most reasonable pay as you go cellular phones for senior citizens. Virgin Mobile charges $20 for 200 minutes, $30 for 400 minutes, or $50 for 1000 minutes. You can also choose a $.20/minute basic plan. TracFone airtime minutes cost $20 for 60 minutes. My first wireless phone was an inexpensive Kyocera cell phone from Virgin Mobile. I was very pleased with Virgin’s customer service.