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Cell Phones and Plans for Seniors

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Cell Phones and Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

Why would cell phones for seniors need to be any different than typical phones? For many seniors, the typical phone is just fine but for others, as they age, their needs change. In some instances, a senior may find they need a cell phone that is easier to handle, something that is easier to see, or easier to hear.

For others, the phone is simple enough to handle and the typical smartphone presents no problem at all, but the average cell phone plan no longer suits their needs. With kids out of the house, full-time employment perhaps behind them, the cell phone plans with huge pools of minutes are far more than is needed and an unnecessary expense. Or perhaps, they just want to see the economic reward of not carrying 4 or 5 lines on their plan any longer.

The options are somewhat limited. However, there are a number of cell phones for seniors and cell phone plans that may better meet your needs.

A Phone and Plan Designed Especially for Seniors with Some Special Needs

When it comes to a cell phone for seniors who want a bit more simplicity, the first option is a phone and plan from Great Call, maker of the Jitterbug phones which are considered to be the original simple cell phone. They offer a basic flip phone for the ultimate ease and a smartphone for more savvy users.

  • It can be ideal for those who are not at all tech savvy or have a mild motor, auditory, or visual impairment.
  • These phones are well suited to anyone who is seeking a cell phone with:
    -- simple functions and menus
    -- larger buttons
    -- larger font (print)
    -- a brighter screen
    -- good volume
    -- hearing aid compatibility
  • It's a great phone for anyone who may need occasional assistance from an operator as it provides such support. Operators can even help users put numbers into their contact list.
  • The cell phone plans offer simple options that provide calling without long distance or roaming charges and no time of day restrictions. Plans start as low as $14.99 per month and no long-term contract is required. The per minute charge is a bit higher than many packages that offer the large bundles of time, but for those with limited calling needs, it can still be a cost saver. (However, unlimited plans are also available if desired)

Jitterbug now offers the Jitterbug Flip (a basic flip phone) and the Jitterbug Smart (a 5.5" smartphone).

  • Both can provide health and safety features.
  • They provide the 5Star App which can connect you to a live assistant to get emergency help quickly.
  • It can also provide access to services such as:
    -- fall detection
    -- a fitness tracker
    -- immediate access to nurses and doctors
    -- a Med Coach for medicine and refill reminders
    -- contact with a wellness expert
    -- check-in calls
    -- health tips
    -- brain games

See the Jitterbug

Prepaid Phones for Seniors Who Use Their Phone Less

For some, the perfect phone is prepaid. This means that they can purchase only as many minutes as they will use. This makes it an affordable option for those who call less or who prefer an easy to understand phone plan.

  • Tracfone, for example, offers plans for as little as $9.99/month (30 minutes) up to $199.99/month (1,500 minutes). International long distance can be added for an additional $10.

    They have the Alcatel A383G for those who want a very simple and easy to read screen and keyboard. It features a large keypad, with an enlarged font, a simple camera, and MP3 player.
  • Straight Talk offers unlimited talk, text,& data (2G after 2GB) for $35/month.
  • Cricket offers plans as low as $35 with unlimited talk & text with 5GB of data.
  • MetroPCS has a similar plan at $40/month.
  • If you don't need data, there are also services like Ting. They have a plan that is only $12/month for 100 voice minutes and 100 texts.
  • TPO Mobile is another option. Their plans are generally quite affordable, starting out at $10/month. Their People's Plan provides unlimited talk and text, plus 1GB of data for $21/month. You can save more by going the AutoPay route and part of your monthly bill goes to charity. They use the T-Mobile and Sprint networks.
  • Many of the larger cellular providers like T-Mobile also offer pay-as-you-go plans which you can learn more about below.

AT&T's Cell Phone Plan Designed for Seniors

AT&T offers no cell phone designed especially for seniors, but for millions of older individuals, this isn't the need as they are accustomed to using traditional cell phones and are quite comfortable with them. However, if a more simple phone is needed and you want to go with AT&T there are phones that might suit the need. I will talk about those below.

What AT&T does offer is a cell phone plan that is designed for the typical needs of those aging customers who simply don't use their phone as much. Those who may be retired, whose children are grown, and who require smaller bundles of minutes and hope to realize the cost savings associated with the lower usage.

  • The Senior Nation plan offers users age 65 and older, 200 anytime minutes, 500 night and weekend minutes, and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling for $29.99 per month. With this plan, the caller never pays roaming or long distance charges. Calls beyond the plan limit cost 45 cents per minute and a 2-year contract is required.
  • Of course, if you don't want to commit to a plan, AT&T offers prepaid plans with unlimited Talk & Text and 1GB of data for as low as $30/month.
  • In addition, if you are truly a commitment-phobe they have a pay-as-you-go plan that offers talk and text for $2/day, on days you use it. This would be perfect if you have very limited usage.

Cell Phones for Seniors to Consider From AT&T

If you want to use AT&T but want a simple phone there are some reasonable options available.

  • AT&T, Tracfone, and others offer the Samsung J3. It offers an Easy Mode with large icons and a large, extra bright 5" display making it easier to read. It offers superb audio as well.

    It is an affordable Android smartphone with a nice 5-megapixel camera/2 megapixel front-facing camera, MP3 player, and 16GB memory with an additional microSD memory card slot.
  • Another recommendation for those who want a more basic phone is the Cingular Flip. For someone wanting a compact flip phone for calls and texting, this one also has a loudspeaker, large buttons, and easy to read display.
  • Another affordable flip phone option is the LGB470 which features enhanced audio, quick access function buttons and a text to speech key allowing users to listen to text messages they compose or receive rather than having to view them on screen.
  • One additional candidate suitable for those wanting ease of use is the Alcatel Big Easy Plus, which provides large lighted keys, a built-in flashlight, and hearing aid compatibility.

Verizon's Senior Cell Phone Plan

Verizon doesn't really have a cell phone designed specifically for seniors but they do recommend the Samsung Galaxy J3 Eclipse as a good choice for those wanting a smartphone with an easy mode as well as the LG Revere 3 which is a basic flip phone.

Verizon has a couple of options to get a plan that is economical.

  • For individuals 65 and older, Verizon Wireless offers their Nationwide 65 Plus cell phone plan for seniors. If you are an existing Verizon customer, for $29.99/month users get 200 anytime voice minutes per month. Messaging can be 20 cents per message or $10 for 1000 messages or $20 for unlimited messaging per month. Likewise, data can be added for an additional fee.
  • If you have family on the Verizon network, another option is to have them add a phone to their plan for an additional $20 rather than setting up a separate plan. If an individual wants to go the prepaid route, Verizon offers unlimited talk and text with a prepaid phone for as low as $40/month.

T-Mobile's Senior Plan

If you prefer service from T-Mobile the best bet may be one of the following:

  • T-Mobile offers a plan that is great for seniors who use their phones extensively and are perfectly comfortable doing so. Their Unlimited 55+ plan offers unlimited talk, text, and data for $50/month. A second line can be added for an additional $10.
  • The T-Mobile pay-as-you-go option gives users a combination of 30 voice or text messages for $3 month for those who have sparse use of their phone.

If a user needs a more simplified phone the Snapfon EZTwo can be used on the T-Mobile network. It offers:

  • adjustable volume
  • allows users to program up to 8 numbers for one-button dialing
  • provides an emergency button that can be programmed to dial 4 numbers
  • features a keyboard that can be set up to speak numbers as they are dialed
  • possesses a keypad with large buttons and oversized, bright white lettering on a black background

A Senior Cell Phone Plan from Consumer Cellular and AARP

Consumer Cellular specializes in phone services for seniors.

  • About the Phones
    Consumer Cellular now offers several phones to AARP members; some at no cost and others as high as $100. Most of the phones they offer are typical rather than being designed specifically as cell phones for seniors.

    The phones offered range from simple flip phones like the Doro Phone Easy (which offers large font, an emergency call button, excellent audio quality, and hearing aid compatibility) to higher-end smartphones like the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. No long-term contract or cancellation fees are required.

    The Doro phone offered on the Consumer Cellular site is not the only version. Beyond the simple flip phone is a senior-oriented smartphone version. Offering large tiles, easy to navigate keyboard, the ability of loved ones to remotely enter the phone to assist with setting things up, emergency call buttons, and customizable volume settings.
  • About the Plans
    Members receive a 5% discount on monthly access and airtime rates, a 30% discount on some accessories, a 45 day trial period with money back guarantee, and plans starting as low as $15/month for talk and text.

    Users don't have to worry about accidentally using up excess data, messaging, or voice resulting in an exorbitant bill. If they exceed their plan limit they are simply bumped up to the next level plan (a $5-$10 increase) rather than being charged per MB, text, or minute of overage. They can opt to go back down to the original plan level the next month if they choose.

If interested you can learn more by calling 1-800-686-4460 or visiting the Consumer Cellular website.

Doro SmartEasy as a Great First Smart Phone

Cell Phones for Seniors with No Budget to Spare

For seniors who don't really want a cell phone for calling purposes but want one on hand in case of an emergency, they can purchase a low-cost cell phone and skip the service. A refurbished phone will do. All cell phones should be able to connect for 911 calls even if the individual isn't paying for service at the time.

For those who receive financial aid from state or federal programs or have a household income below the poverty level, there is the possibility they will qualify for a free cell phone and service through a government supported program known as SafeLink

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2008 Ruth Coffee

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topfreelanceseo on May 30, 2013:

@ARTAD: Yes, you are right, there is lots of information and options for seniors. The Phone I like most out of these were, Just5's Cell Phones for Seniors and Knack.

ARTAD on May 27, 2013:

This lens is very useful for the reason that it provides information on the different brands of phones. Here's something I'd like to complete. I think it would be useful for the elderly. most of them are members of the AARP. Quick and easy access to AARP phone number and easy to navigate information on all local offices in different states.

geosum on May 26, 2013:

The two of us are 73 and 76 and haven't quite embraced the senior thing yet. we have two iPhone 4S smartphones and use them for internet, email, shared calendar, Kindle, camera, Facebook and lots of other apps. We even make and receive calls from time to time. We're hoping to stay active, healthy and productive for as long as we can. we do use AT&T's senior plan along with a minimum data plan.

anonymous on May 07, 2013:

My mother has a difficult time seeing with only one that partially has vision. I needed to find her a phone with large buttons and number read out. I found the Cenior for $59.95 at yippz.com . She doesnât use her phone often, just for emergencies while sheâs out. I got her the H2O minute plan for $100 for one year. That works out to $8.33 a month. Itâs perfect for her. The phone is unlocked and you can use any GSM carrier you choose. No Contracts! This phone can talk the numbers back to you and it has a built in flash light as well as magnifier.

velikausta on November 22, 2012:

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SecondSally on September 19, 2012:

One of my older in-laws was just listing all of the reasons that he is getting rid of his cell phone. Interesting reading.

ally-taylor on May 28, 2012:

@JessieK I'm not going to repeat all the info the poster before you (R Clancy) gave about the SVC, but to touch on 1 or 2 points-you say your grandfather's hearing is almost gone-the phone can't compensate for loss of hearing, however if he has a hearing aid, the phone is compatible with the hearing aid. As far as the eyesight goes-the text is large, so that should help. The menu has a very simple interface, requiring yes/no answers to navigate through the menu. Is it "the best phone for seniors instead of just a great low cost prepaid phone"? It's really not much different to any of the other senior phones, which all offer the same senior functionality. The differentiating factor IS the low cost. Phone is around $15 and minutes can cost as little as $7/month-dependent on how many you need. Jitterbug offers other add on services not offered by SVC, but all at a monthly subscription(and the phone costs $100 + an activation fee). You need to know what's most important to you and work from that point to make your decision.

anonymous on May 22, 2012:

Ok here goes-- I NEED a phone for my grandfather. His eyes arenât the best plus his hearing is almost gone but I really wanna know about this senior value cellphone everyone keeps talking about. Its from the tracfone and it's a samsung t115 which looks as simple as can be. . . Any thoughts from anyone? People are saying great things but I really want to know if it is best for seniors in stead of just a great low cost prepaid phone. Supposedly its like seven bucks a month. Any ideas? thoughts

anonymous on April 25, 2012:

@carla I'm guessing the lens has been updated since you commented, as there's a nice insert on SVC now. SVC is Tracfone's senior offering, so they use the same networks (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile) The SVC phone is a GSM phone though, so if you are in a Verizon area, you'd have to choose one of Tracfone's other phones. The nice thing about them using TF airtime cards, is that you can purchase them in a quantity that suits your needs. Personally, I think going for a year card is easier for seniors, as they don't need to load up as frequently. I'd also strongly recommend you buy the double minutes for life card to go with it, as this obviously doubles your value every time you load minutes. As far as I'm concerned, this is definitely the most affordable senior phone of them all. Hope this helps, and thanks mulberry for the really informative lens.

anonymous on April 01, 2012:

what about phone plans for seniors that would only use the phone in an emergency? My parents would probably need to use the phone at about the time when the prepaid minutes have expired, and not know what to do? A monthly plan doesn't make sense since they would not want to pay for something they wouldn't use on a regular basis (it was hard enough to get them to subscribe to cable when the antenna service went away!_.

anonymous on March 31, 2012:

great lens!!

anonymous on March 19, 2012:

I've seen a couple mentions here of the SVC/Tracfone line, but I don't see it listed in the article - any reason why? I actually never heard ot until I notced a few weeks ago at KMart and now I think it might make a great option for my grandparents. I haven't done any research and I have no prepaid experience so does anyone know what networks they are carried on? How dependable is it? I've only seen Tracfone aircards near the phone the sell for SVC so do you use those to upload minutes or any others?

anonymous on February 28, 2012:

As far as I can see the cheapest and best option for a senior who wants a simple phone and will not be calling a lot is the Tracfone SVC.

jimmyworldstar on February 16, 2012:

I think seniors who are less likely to text or need all the extra features are best off with a simple cellphone that isn't slide out or a smartphone.

anonymous on February 07, 2012:

very nice and informative lens thanks for sharing

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

I agree Veronica. My mother loves her SVC phone because like the other offers the phone is designed for seniors but the service is provided at a much lower cost. Not only that, but since SVC is ran by TracFone they are backed by the same cell tower networks as the major providers!

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

I agree Veronica. My mother loves her SVC phone because like the other offers the phone is designed for seniors but the service is provided at a much lower cost. Not only that, but since SVC is ran by TracFone they are backed by the same cell tower networks as the major providers!

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

I gotta say. The svc is GREAT for seniors. The device is pretty basic, no fancy apps or features, a simple flip phone with big keypad and big numbers on the screen that makes her fell confortable when dialing. Plus is very affordable, the phone was just $15 and the service is a prepaid no contact service that starts as low as $7 a month, she uses a little bit over that, but still unexpensive for her.

anonymous on January 31, 2012:

I gotta say. The svc is GREAT for seniors. The device is pretty basic, no fancy apps or features, a simple flip phone with big keypad and big numbers on the screen that makes her fell confortable when dialing. Plus is very affordable, the phone was just $15 and the service is a prepaid no contact service that starts as low as $7 a month, she uses a little bit over that, but still unexpensive for her.

sojourner-1 on January 08, 2012:

This is good stuff and a lot of great info--thank you for sharing.

anonymous on December 28, 2011:

It is quite simple. the best phone for seniors is the Jitterbug, but the most economical is the Tracfone SVC

norma-holt on December 27, 2011:

Great lens and I could use some of the features of the Jitterbug. Hate it when I get a text message as I can't read them without racing around for my glasses and certianly hate texting anyone back. Featured this on Senile Warts. Hugs

anonymous on December 21, 2011:

Get rid of the middle button you idiots! No senior in my life wants or needs internet and certainly does not need the "connecting..." message to appear every time they make a miskey! Make navigational buttons huge! Or better yet, get rid of them altogether. Seniors do not need phone that need menus so large that you need to use up/down/left/right navigation. What is WRONG with phone companies?

anonymous on November 30, 2011:

looking for phone for 91-yr-old grandma who winters with kids in the south, so your comparison was very helpful

lucky izan on November 15, 2011:

maybe when i got old, there no longer cell phones, it replace with virtual personal assistance, well who know

chrisqw on November 14, 2011:

Very helpful, sensible lens. Thank you!

anonymous on November 11, 2011:

The buttons on most designs are regarding one-fifty percent-inch sq .. Many groundbreaking cell phones provide zoom choices which broaden the text on the screen. Amplification on cell phones for senior citizens is generally twice as noisy because on normal cell phones. Mobile phones designed exclusively for those who are challenging linked with hearing increase the good quality of the seem to be, not only the actual amplification. free government cell phones

PCReviews on November 04, 2011:

Thanks for these solid ideas. Now that my Dad is getting older we've been looking for something like this. I'll probably get the Jitterbug.

Ronald Tucker from Louisville, Kentucky on October 16, 2011:

Consumer Cellular is an excellent company to purchase a phone from because of their association with AARP who clout can get the best deals for their members and their buying power will ensure seniors that senior members will get a very good deal with the freedom of knowing that there are not going to be scamed.

blazingzone lm on August 24, 2011:

I never knew these phones would be best for seniors. Thanks for the info. Great lens

anonymous on August 22, 2011:

You might think that this is nice but that you couldn't qualify for it. Generally, if you are on any type of government assistance, you automatically qualify. All you have to do is to actually apply for it through a local provider. Even if you're not on government assistance, you might still qualify. You won't know until you try to, at worst, you'll just get turned down. If you're not currently enrolled in a government assistance program like SNAP (food stamps) or Medicaid, you should check your states guidelines for poverty level based on income. Depending on your state, you could still qualify for a free government cell phone if you are at 150% of the poverty level!

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iQwestArticles on August 20, 2011:

Lots of great information! The button size on the Jitterbug is unreal (in a good way!).

jenstanton lm on August 08, 2011:

Very nice lens idea. I learned a lot by this! Thanks!

KarenCookieJar on July 30, 2011:

the simple phones seem best, but it's still hard to explain how to use one because you don't just pick up when it rings.

Dianna206 on July 10, 2011:

This is great! I recommended it to my aunt who is looking into a cell phone for my grandpa! Thanks for writing this!

markets on June 21, 2011:

Very useful information you have here. These devices would surely help older citizens.

guyinsb on June 14, 2011:

Important feature needed for seniors: a charging cradle.

Ideally, a call should be automatically answered when the phone is removed from

the cradle, and a call should be terminated when the phone is placed in the cradle.

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on June 12, 2011:

really helpful gadgets for seniors. wonderful selection and recommendation.

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anonymous on May 26, 2011:

@Natalie The SVC is really user friendly, and probably the cheapest senior phone available. The hearing aid rating is M3/T3, though not being a technical person, I can't give you detailed description. I do know that the M=microphone and T=telecoil, and that the SVC Samsung is compliant with the standards for hearing aid compatibility. The battery life on the Samsung makes up for it's simplicity...2 weeks of standby time, in my opinion, is quite adequate. Definitely worth taking a look at, and if possible, find someone you know who has one, so you can see firsthand if it suits your requirements!

anonymous on May 21, 2011:

I'm thinking about getting the TracFone SVC for my grandma. Looks pretty basic and user-friendly. Does anyone know how the hearin-aid capability work? Also, what's the battery life like on the phone (good to know in case she forgerts to charge). Thanks :)

anonymous on May 21, 2011:

The senior Value Phone is the lowest priced phone I've seen. Though it is not very up to date, it seems ideal for the technology-averse. A cell phone is a must these days!

RetroMom on May 06, 2011:

This lens is helpful. Nice one.

anonymous on May 02, 2011:

Okay, so I've heard of a lot of different cell phones for seniors, but I found one in particular that caught my eye with its user-friendly features. So my question is: how expensive is it? I know I read something about $7 a month...but what's the fine print with that?

nickybarra on April 27, 2011:

I went with Tracfone SVC because it was the first phone my salesman directed me to. So glad he did. My grams loves it,she learned how to use it pretty fast,anything she does fast now is great! Also gives me peace of mind because it comes with a 911 emergency location assist. Another good feature is hearing aid compatible. It also fits my student budget,which is great-I pay for it:) Nationwide coverage,so she keeps in touch with all of us grandkids scattered throughout the states!

Bhecky on April 26, 2011:

I also like the Just5 Easyphone when it comes to simple cell phones. This is one is very ideal for the elderly as well; although, this company also markets its phone to children, people with sight and hearing impairment, and people who simple want a simple cell phone. Basically, it works almost similar to Jitterbug. It has big buttons, amplified sound, and PERS. It is also very easy to operate. What I specifically like with this one is that it is also practical when it comes to its cost. My elderly mom whoâs using this phone can spend as low as $3.33 a month by getting the cheapest minute plan that this provider offers.

Bhecky on April 26, 2011:

I also like the Just5 Easyphone when it comes to simple cell phones. This is one is very ideal for the elderly as well; although, this company also markets its phone to children, people with sight and hearing impairment, and people who simple want a simple cell phone. Basically, it works almost similar to Jitterbug. It has big buttons, amplified sound, and PERS. It is also very easy to operate. What I specifically like with this one is that it is also practical when it comes to its cost. My elderly mom whoâs using this phone can spend as low as $3.33 a month by getting the cheapest minute plan that this provider offers.

anonymous on April 25, 2011:

Wow! What an extensive lens. So many options to choose from, I'd say you need to have quite a good idea of what you're looking for in a cell. Always good to do the research, 'cause that's when you come across the questions or answers you hadn't thought of asking. I recently came across the info that the extras that Jitterbug markets, such as medication reminder, Live nurse, etc., are apps that you pay extra for monthly, pushing your costs up. Something I haven't found the answer to, is whether Tracfone's SVC phone automatically comes with Double minutes for life-some say it does, and some say not. If it did, it would double your value for money in a flash, making it even more viable as a low-monthly-cost plan, and at $15, one of the cheapest handsets available to seniors.

UKGhostwriter on April 18, 2011:

great phones for special needs people too

squidootime on April 14, 2011:

Great topic - really useful info

anonymous on April 12, 2011:

The senior citizen sure have various benefits on this cellphone.

Krafick on April 11, 2011:

Very interesting. Lensrolled with Brain Fitness in Old Age.

anonymous on April 10, 2011:

@miamigem: The SVC phone is only $20 and the cost of use is equally low. It's a simple phone with large keypad and display. Seems like the product and the marketing match, actually. No?

anonymous on April 01, 2011:

SVC from tracfone is a really great prepaid option specifically designed for senior citizens. In addition to the things mentioned above in terms of cell phones, they also offer pay-as-you-go rates and no contracts, which is great for seniors. Check it out!

anonymous on March 31, 2011:

Wow what an informative article! Loaded with so much info! Just thought I'd share my personal favorite which is without a doubt the SVC phone by Tracfone. Its designed just for seniors with big screen, big text, hearing aid compatibility, etc. Perfect for my grandma. She calls me whenever she is out running errands to check in - its so cute. Its also considered a safety device in my opinion - keeping my grammie safe for only $7 a month :)

Anisu300 on March 30, 2011:

You didn't mention the other benefits for senior value cell phone Samsung T155G users.

Tracfone minutes and service days roll over to the next card you buy, you can make overseas calls on your Tracfone for the price of a local call and Tracfone uses the major networks which gives you great coverage for as little as $7/month.

You also don't pay an activation fee of $35 like other plans charge.

Debbie from England on March 29, 2011:

Not only for seniors, but maybe people who are ill too. Technology was an area I struggled with while I was ill and I should maybe have changed my phone then. Lots of choices here :)

GoAceNate LM on March 28, 2011:

Wow my mom needs this page. Too bad she would have a hard time finding this page even if I sent her a link. The phone with big numbers is right up her alley.

Trendblazers on March 28, 2011:

Great lens, I need to find something like the jitterbug for my father in law as he is hearing impared and does not know how to use his iphone. I'm now on a quest to see if I can get one for him in the uk.

Cheers

colin

anonymous on March 27, 2011:

This is endeed a very complete article. One of the services that caught my attention this past year what The Senior Value Cellphone with Tracfone, the phone is a flip phone, the numbers on the screen are huge, it's hearing aids compatible and the service is only $7 amonth with a tracfone card, the phone was only $15 at kmart and my grand parents love it.

anonymous on March 25, 2011:

seniors and teens are the biggest markets for cellphone carriers and they know this. I'm glad that at least one of those companies only charges 7 bucks for monthly services because it is hard to be a senior and on top of that not have a phone.

miamigem on March 23, 2011:

@anonymous: I understand what you're saying and felt the same way before someone gave me an explanation. The SVC that everyone talks about is like a marketing campaign directed toward the senior population. The thing that people don't realize is this phone uses the same plan that all the other Tracfones use. So, you're not locked in to using only this phone if you want something different. I hope I haven't confused the issue.

anonymous on March 21, 2011:

So many positive reviews for Tracfone SVC here so I hate to be the one to rain on anyone's parade about it, but I'm just not that sold. For a company that supposedly provides so many options, SVC only offers one no frills phone and while the phone is cheap, I can't understand why Tracfone doesn't allow other phones to be operational with this program. Their network is decent and the aircards are easy to find and use, but the technology seems to backwards that other companies have the jump.

anonymous on March 20, 2011:

For seniors, I think simple is the key. The TracFone SVC strikes a perfect combo between price and reliability. The phone is super user-friendly, with large, lit key pad, free 911 calls and emergency GPS location. Although the plan would work for me as I require something a little more "extensive" but it sure does work for grandpa!

anonymous on March 20, 2011:

Lots of options for seniors here, my recommendation would be TracFone SVC. The phone is simple to use, keys/screen are easy to see, it's affordable and definitely reliable. Plus the free 911 calls can be made even if you run out of minutes!

Cynthia Davis from Pittsburgh on March 17, 2011:

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anonymous on March 14, 2011:

This page was so helpful, it has the potential to leave one in a quandary over the choice available! I suspect that there are a number of these plans and phones that provide an excellent service for seniors. At that point, it really comes down to your individual needs, leaving you with the option that may suit you but not the next person. For me, one of the most important things is being able to call my brother abroad, so with Tracfone's SVC offering this at the same rate as a local call, they already score extra points. The extensive coverage and affordability of both their phones and service, just add to the benefits and in my opinion put them ahead of the other offerings. My dear friend of many years, however, has more of a need for reminders for medication and operator assistance, leading her to choose the Jitterbug, which in my opinion is not only overpriced, but also squeezes money from the elderly by charging an activation fee. To get back to the point, assess your needs and then make a well informed choice.

anonymous on March 11, 2011:

good idea, I am looking forward to have a mobile phone that talks and reciting each keys you stroke

anonymous on February 28, 2011:

Timely article. I read that 91% of Americans own a cell,I'm sure seniors were included in that poll. But with technology moving so fast and my gramps can't even figure out her automated aswering machine, it is a relief to know of simple to function cells, as the Tracfone. Less than $7/month and phones starting as low as $15,this is the plan I went for.Not just the price but the safety features,like 911 tracking,and large numbers.She doesn't leave home without her trusty Trac.

anonymous on February 25, 2011:

This was a good read and what it did do is make me realize that I have the best and cheapest senior phone available. I am a user of Tracfone SVC and am a very happy one at that

anonymous on February 16, 2011:

I'm truly impressed with the amount of research done to provide such an informative page! Well done. The reason I'm here is because I'm looking for something for my dad, who, let me be honest, may well never even use the thing, but we can try! :) It seems this SVC phone is really popular amongst the readers, and I always like to make a decision not only on what the retailers have to say, but the users too. I really like that it has the large buttons and text, as well as the easy navigation, what with him not being used to phones. Think this will be the one for him. Thanks again for all the info and feedback!

rikkib51 on February 16, 2011:

Excellent article. I own a mobile phone shop called mobile phone mall and I am in search for a phone for seniors. There's really not very simple mobile phones for seniors out there now. A phone that's suitable for them is something with big keys and a suitable size screen with quite big text. Another improvement it must have is navigation to get to features of the phone.

Terry Lynne Hale from Kansas City on February 13, 2011:

Timely, useful information when most of what we hear these days is about Smart Phones. (Though I am a fan for the technology of them..) I'm sure lots of people wonder how smart you have to be to operate the *$&^# thing! Many of them are way too complicated for the senior who just wants to be able to talk to family & friends. Thanks for the great lens!

anonymous on February 11, 2011:

My vote is for the TracFone SVC. Just got my grandfather one and the deal is sweeter than ever b/c now the phone comes with $10 gift card certificate and double min. for life ***free. Not sure how long this deal with last but glad I got dibs! The phone itself only costs $15 and with the free stuff, it's like paying nothing!

anonymous on February 11, 2011:

My mom's retired and using the budget friendly Tracfone because she says it's the cheapest, but the simple T155G does the job of making it easy for her to read the texts or dialing to make calls.

She also liked the way the unused minutes and service days rolled over if they're not used.

I'm surprised other prepaid plans charge a $35 activation fee for senior phones and plans knowing that allot of them are battling to make ends meet.

roland32 on February 07, 2011:

With all of these choices available, I still see nothing better than the SVC phone from Tracfone. It costs you $15 for the phone and $7 a month to keep it operational. This gives 20 minutes of talk time a month. If you want more, you buy more minutes as you need them, and still come out cheaply. If you are using a lot of time on the phone, you should look at another option.

anonymous on February 06, 2011:

I had no idea there were so many options for seniors when it comes to cell phones. Just know that none are worth anything if you don't get quality service for the money. When doing research for my parents, that's what I liked about the Senior Value Cellphone. The design of the phone is ideal and cost, to buy and maintain, is very affordable even on a fixed budget. Make sure to check this one out.

anonymous on February 05, 2011:

Very informative lens! Great ideas! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 2/4/2011.Have a great day!

rebelcalling on February 03, 2011:

Global phone for seniors is a great idea to remain in contact while the closed once are traveling across the world.Thank you for such a nice lens that cares for senior citizens.

Ben Reed from Redcar on January 18, 2011:

Great stuff. The simpler the better for me.

topfreelanceseo on January 15, 2011:

@Bhecky: Yes... Just5' Phones for Seniors are really increasing market share...

plaidlunchbox on January 14, 2011:

We've been really happy with the Virgin Mobile prepaid phones. No contracts & a variety of phones to choose from. We saved a little extra on the up-front price of the phone by shopping thru www.myfrugalfriend.com (went to the Best Buy sitefrom there and got a cash back rebate)

anonymous on January 14, 2011:

Low tech cell phones are for as I get older. I don't have one, but I really do like these, and the calling plan looks great that you have here.

anonymous on January 11, 2011:

That's true mobile phones that show large letters and big buttons is perfect for seniors.

Philippians468 on January 10, 2011:

it's great to see how technology is used to help. great lens. cheers!

glenanail on January 08, 2011:

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Bhecky on December 29, 2010:

I have personally used the Just5 cell phone and I can totally recommend it to all users out there. I love how this is so simple and basic yet it can offer me so much more. For one, I find the phoneâs PERS features very handy during emergencies as it takes me only a press of a button to contact help. Plus, I am paying a very minimal amount of 10 dollars every month for my basic call and text prepaid plan. I am very thankful that I stumbled upon this phone at www.just5.com.

anonymous on December 24, 2010:

Interesting post. I just read, however, that the senior value cell phone is favored for its superior vLue. Ni bells and whistles, but great price, service and value. Here's a video I saw on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Z71mDRFzw

anonymous on December 17, 2010:

I got my dad the jitterbug because he could not figure out a regular phone with all the other gizmo's on it. He can now get a hold of us, if he needs too, and we can get a hold of him to check on him all the time! Perfect!

anonymous on December 01, 2010:

Another thing, what ever happened to the Dick Tracy Wrist Phone? THAT is what we seniors need, along with a heart rate and BP read-out and a vibration ringer, and an ear phone jack.

solar powered would be nice too with a homing beacon for the 911 guys!!!

anonymous on December 01, 2010:

Mostplans are too expensive for retired people and the phones are too over designed chip wise. Needed is a phone that I can pick WHAT I WANT for services and pay only for them.

A phone locator signal is needed, with a password protected On/Off button so other cannot use my phone. Must be a flip phone with a good hard cover to protect it. Waterproof to a point, and a decent camera so I can take pictures of the car wrecks I create!

anonymous on November 29, 2010:

As far as I'm concerned the most important thing for a senior's cellphone is reception, and signal. That's after all what the phone is there for. As far as my folks are concerned this definitely means being on the CDMA network. Unforunately this doesn't fall inline with any real phone specials for my folks. Doesn't matter I said, and I got them the lg220c from tracfone, notated for it's brilliant signal attracting qualities, and not it's big keys etc. And my folks love the phone. They haven't had any problems trying to find keys, or deciphering small text, and they've never had a problem with signal. And that for a phone that costs less than $20.D

LocoMedia on November 26, 2010:

Great article about bying a Senior mobil".

anonymous on November 25, 2010:

There's a new very affordable prepaid phone for seniors from Tracfone which my sister just got. I notice it's not mentioned here. I've been looking for an affordable a senior friendly phone with an affordable plan and so far this Tracfone Senior Value phone seems to be the best deal. I'm still undecided, but I can't see how you can beat a phone for under $20 and $7 a month or thereabouts for service. I know Tracfone runs on the best networks, so coverage and reception are good. My sister likes her phone a lot. It's a Samsung T-155. I notice in addition to the big keys and big lighted screen it's got a lot of nice features like an airtime balance display and 911 emergency assist. The other reason I'm leaning towards the Senior Value phone is that Tracfone international calls are the same price as a local call. There's also the convenience of automatic monthly renewal.

Brian Stephens from France on November 24, 2010:

They ought to do these phones in the UK, we have lost count of the number of times my mother sent us a message by accident. Bigger screens are definitely the order of the day :-)

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on November 21, 2010:

Thanks for this helpful information about cell phones for seniors. We have been thinking of getting one for my mother.

Gail47 on November 20, 2010:

Great variety of resources! Dad needs to keep his phone fairly narrow as he keeps it in his upper left shirt pocket so that he can hear. He does have a problem with the ringtone as he tends to hold it in such a way that the ringtone goes to silent. Then, he can't hear the next call. It's always something!!! Spreading angel dust this morning!

Ruth Coffee (author) from Zionsville, Indiana on November 16, 2010:

@anonymous: The Tracfone I mention is only $20. I wouldn't consider that expensive. If you want more phones in that price range you can see my lens on Prepaid Phones. One of the Doro phones and a few other models here are under $50. I also have a lens on phones for calling, only calling, if you want to see those affordable options.