For senior citizens, safety comes first. Having an easy to use cell phone that does not cost a lot on hand makes it much easier to get around without worry. It is something that is now even recommended. So finding the right cell phone company may get a little hard for some people, even with all of the companies we have scattering the US. So here are my top five picks of cell phones/cell phone companies that are best for senior citizens.
This is the newest prepaid phone to hit shelves lately. It is actually a great deal, if you are looking to have a plan minus all the snags that you get with a regular cell phone company. If a senior citizen were to have this cell phone, they would not have to worry about the phone being turned off in the middle of the month as long as they still have minutes or have bought the unlimited plan monthly card. The price ranges for these are 30 dollars for the regular minute plan that includes 1000 minutes/1000 texts/ and 30mb of internet usage. The nest plan up is 45 dollars for unlimited talk/txt/internet usage. The phones to go with these plans range in price and style from store to store, but online the selection is LG and Samsung ranging in price from 30-over a hundred dollars. This is a good choice for a senior citizen, since it has everything you may need. But it may be a bit pricey for some that is why it is number five on my list.
This is a cell phone company made specifically for seniors. It has great prices and okay plans. The plans for this phone are specifically made for the elderly and range from 10 dollars all the way to 60 dollars. Their 60 dollar plan is the best including 2000 minutes of airtime, and 10 cents for each additional minute. The phone prices are great too ranging from free to 40 dollars. Certain discounts apply for AARP costumers. This is a great cell phone company for those looking for an emergency only phone, or even a decent monthly prepaid plan. Still on the pricey side for a decent amount of minutes has this cell phone company at number four.
Tracfone is a very versatile cell phone company, catering to the young and old. My own grandmother uses a tracfone as her emergency only phone. With this phone company you have very nice prices for phones and minute plans. The cheapest for both are around 20 dollars. The most expensive for the phones can reach up to into the low 100 dollar range. The cheapest minutes you can buy with tracfone is the 20 dollars for 60 minutes, the most expensive is the 119 dollar phone card that includes double minutes for life, 800 minutes, and 1 year of service. They do have value plans that would be perfect for seniors, ranging in price from 10-30 dollars pending on how many minutes you want. The downfall of the tracfone is that the minutes don’t seem to last as long as we need them to, and you will be out before you realize it. The good thing if you run out of minutes is that you can still make 911 calls from your phone. So this phone gets a solid three on my list of cell phones or seniors.
This company has phones as cheap as 20 dollars and some that are much more expensive. The good thing about this cell phone company is the extensive range of minute plans and cards that you can buy for your phone. They are always 10 cents a minute and have no cancellation fees, not to mention more minutes for your money. You get 200 minutes for 20 dollars, compared to tracfone and other companies only giving an hour of minutes for the same price. And with it only costing 10 cents a minute your minutes go much farther! This cell phone company is a solid number two on my list.
This is the best cell phone company by far for seniors, or anyone looking to get an emergency cell phone. I myself use safelink as my own emergency phone. The plus side to this cell phone company is that it has no out of pocket costs for its costumers. The reason for this is that this is a government program that helps families and elderly with getting a phone and monthly minutes to be used in emergencies’ and other times of need. It is easy to qualify for a phone from this company, as long as you participate in a state program such as food stamps or have an income below poverty guidelines set by your government or state. This cell phone company features 61-71 minutes a month at no cost to you, a free cell phone, and is affiliated with tracfone, so if you wish to add extra minutes all you have to do is buy a tracfone minute card. This is my number one cell phone for seniors.
All of these cell phone companies are easy to use and easy to get. The phones and minute cards with tracfone, net10, and straight talk can be found online or at retailers such as Wal-Mart. But safelink and consumer cellular you will have to go online to sign or order your new phone and any additional minutes. I hope that this article will help those in need of an easy to use cell phone company.