Cell phones are important, particularly for senior citizens, who may be living, driving and spending a great deal of time alone. The safety benefits of owning a cellular phone are evident; calling for help may be a necessity. Many wireless companies have evolved their marketing efforts to push senior wireless packages that offer many of the same standard features as other wireless plans, and similar monthly fees as well.
AT&T Senior Nation 200
AT&T Senior Nation 200 is a wireless plan for that provides seniors with 200 anytime minutes and 500 night and weekend minutes. The plan includes long distance, call waiting, caller ID call forwarding, voicemail and conference calling. Users can make unlimited mobile to mobile calls to other users within the AT&T network. The plan requires a one-time activation fee and a two year contract, and it's offered for a low monthly rate.
Jitterbug by Great Call is a cell phone plan for seniors, which ranges in price from 50 anytime minutes per month for $14.99 to $79.99 for unlimited talk and text. The plan features carry over and anytime minutes, as well as no contracts, no cancellation fees, no data charges and no contracts. Users can have access to daily health tips, a phone book, a calendar, text messaging and even a live nurse. There is a one-time set up fee.
Consumer Cellular is the official wireless service of the American Association for Retired Persons. As of 2011, plans range from $19 per month for 250 minutes to $57 per month for 2,000 minutes. Usage alerts decrease the risk of overages and plans can be altered at any time with no fees. Users can share their minutes with additional family members for a small fee per month.
Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus
The Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus is a senior wireless plan that provides 200 anytime minutes and 500 night and weekend minutes for a $29.99 monthly access fee. There are no domestic long distance fees or charges. Users who sign up for Verizon’s Friends and Family promotion can even place calls to as many as five out-of-network users. The plan is open to users at least 65 years of age and older.