For seniors who don’t use a cell phone very often but still would like one for emergencies or occasional calls, there are a number of low-cost plans available depending on your specific needs. Here’s where to find some of the most affordable deals.
The best way infrequent cell phone users can save money is with a prepaid cell phone — also known “pay-as-you-go” phones. With a prepaid phone, there’s no contract, no fixed monthly bills, no credit checks and no hidden costs that come with traditional cell phone plans.
With this type of service, you buy a special prepaid phone (they can cost anywhere from $10 to $100), then pre-purchase a certain amount of minutes (for talk or text) that must be used within a specified period of time.
T-Mobile ~ While there are many prepaid phones on the market today, the most affordable deal for occasional users belongs to T-Mobile (t-mobile.com or 800-866-2453), which has a 30-minute plan for $10 and minutes don’t expire for 90 days. That averages out to $3.33 per month.
If, however, you need more talk time, check out T-Mobile’s “Gold Rewards” annual plan, where $100 gets you 1,000 minutes that are good for a full year. And with all T-Mobile pay-as-you-go plans, if you replenish your account before your minutes expire, your unused minutes will roll over.
TracFone (tracfone.com or 800-867-7183) also offers some nice value plans that start at $10 for 50 minutes per month.
(consumercellular.com, 888-345-5509) sells two “Doro” simplified cell phones that cost either $25 or $30. And they offer a $10-per-month “casual” calling plan, plus 25 cents per minute, and no long-term contract. They even give a 5 percent monthly service discount to AARP members.
Assurance Wireless offers a FREE wireless phone and 250 FREE minutes of wireless service to income-eligible customers. Brought to you by Virgin Mobile USA, you can see if you qualify by logging on to their website at assurancewireless.com or 888.898.4888. If you know of a senior or any individual who is low income and cannot afford a phone tell them about this program. It is free to those who qualify. Help keep a senior safe this winter by telling them about this or by helping them get this service.
If you need additional information regarding this or any other article you see here, please don’t hesitate to contact Alliance Senior Care in Bloomfield Hills, MI. We offer a variety of resources, which can help relieve stress and alleviate the pressure of caring for your loved ones! We serve Oakland, Wayne & Macomb Counties and you may reach us at 248.274.2170. We look forward to hearing from you soon!