As cell phone technology improves, the options for cell phone carrier plans seem to become more complicated. Many carriers offer plans that combine talk, text, and data but it can be hard to know exactly what you need. Although there are endless options, there are some plans that work perfectly for seniors. Whether you call and text often or prefer to stay connected online, nearly every popular cellphone carrier has a plan that works for you.


  1. AT&T – Senior Nation 200 Plan

    For only $29.99/month, seniors over the age of 55 can receive 200 anytime minutes plus 500 night and weekend minutes. This low-cost plan is ideal for customers that use their phone for emergencies and occasional communication with loved ones and healthcare providers. AT&T also offers a GoPhone Daily plan that charges $2 per day for unlimited messages and calls and  the Unlimited Nationwide plan with talk and text for $30/month. AARP members also receive 10% off.

  2. Verizon – Nationwide 65 Plus Plan

    For  $29.99, seniors over 65 can have 200 anytime minutes. Add unlimited messaging for $20 and 2 GB of data for an additional $30. Similar to other plans, the Nationwide 65 Plus plan is ideal for emergencies and occasional conversations. The New Verizon Plan basic phone plan that includes 700 minutes and unlimited text messaging, plus international messaging from the US, for $25 a month.

  3. T-Mobile – ONE Unlimited 55+ Plan

    The Unlimited 55+ Plan is perfect for seniors over 55 looking for unlimited everything. At only $60 a month for two lines, you get unlimited text, talk, and 4G LTE data. T-Mobile also offers a $3/month for 30 mins or 30 text messages with no age restrictions.

  4. Sprint Unlimited Freedom

    Sprint offers a simple plan for all ages at only $60/month for one line. The plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data plus 10 GB of hotspot data for wifi on the go

  5. Great Call/Jitterbug

    Great Call is a company that offers mobile devices that promote safety and connectivity for seniors, including emergency response products. Great Call offers a pay-as-you-go plan for $14.99/month for 200 minutes with no fees for long distance or roaming. Text and data can be added, starting at $3.00 for 300 texts and $20 for 1 GB of Data. Great Call also offers unlimited talk and text plus 100 MB of data for $49.99.

  6. Consumer Cellular

Consumer Cellular offers a plan with unlimited talk for $30 a month. Customers can add unlimited text and 500 MB of data for an additional $10. Plus AARP members get an additional 5% discount!

Regardless of which plan you decide, most providers have something that can work for you. Technology rapidly advances every day, providing seniors with exciting options. Local libraries and community centers often offer classes for seniors to help learn more about smart phones and tablets.


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About the Author: Victoria K. Stickley is a copywriter, editor, and senior content manager based in the Dallas area. Her graduate education in counseling and research has helped immensely in her writing as well as the care she provides for her grandparents. She currently provides support and resources to senior care websites as she learns and experiences senior care first-hand.