Everyone wants to save money on the growing costs of cell phones plans and seniors are no different. Unlike many other categories, there are actually some discounts out there for seniors to save money on their monthly plans and cell phones with everything from memberships like AARP to discounts you can receive for just showing an ID. Most of the plans for seniors that we will go into detail about below are different than your normal plans. This includes being different as far as cheaper pricing along with most not including things like data which is a necessity if you’re using a phone such as an iPhone or other smartphones.
Almost all of the major wireless carriers do offer some type of discount for seniors with special plans available at a discounted rate along with discounts on the cell phones themselves. Aside from those offers, you can usually combine them with regular coupon codes offered as well as discounts from places such as AARP. Always read the fine print before signing up for any new cell phone plan agreement as some of the plans for seniors can be a little trickier than your average plan. You will also more than likely have to show an ID or put in your information to prove that you hit the age requirement which in most cases is 65 years old.
Verizon Wireless – Verizon has a small selection of deals and discounts available for seniors. Their Senior 65 Plus Plans are designed just for those 65 and up with lower minutes and messaging available as well as data. This will keep you from having to pay for what you probably won’t use anyways which is common on regular plans. They also allow you to use basic phones on the discounted plans along with smartphones such as Android phones and the iPhone. The plans start at around $30 per month and go up as you add more minutes, data, and text messaging.
AT&T – Just like Verizon, AT&T also offers a plan that’s just for seniors who are age 65 and up. The plan is called the AT&T Senior Nation 200 plan which gives you unlimited mobile to mobile minutes along with 200 minutes to landlines and other devices. The plan is only $30 per month which is cheap for a cell phone plan but this doesn’t come with text messaging or data which can be added for an extra fee. If you’re using this plan you can still take advantage of their other discounts on phones and activation fees in our AT&T deals section.
5% Off Consumer Cellular via AARP – If you’re a member of AARP you can get an instant 5% off discount on your monthly plans when you sign up. You simply have to go through the AARP membership website and then put in your information when signing up. Consumer Cellular is a discount wireless company with select service throughout the United States.
Sprint AARP Discount – Sprint doesn’t have a senior plan like AT&T or Verizon but they do have the option to receive discount based on senior memberships like AARP. In order to receive the discount, you need to go to their discounts page within your account and put in your phone number and information. If you’re eligible for the discount they will request more information that you can upload or fax. The discount isn’t noted on the website but most discounts for AARP on cell phones range from 5% to 10% of the monthly bill. Check the website for full details.
AARP – AARP of course has a large selection of senior discounts for cell phone plans from the major brands. These discounts can change regularly with some places like T-Mobile doing away with senior discounts along with other discounts such as employee discounts. So in order to get the most up to date information on any discounts from AARP you should log onto the membership area of the website and do a search. In the past, they’ve had discounts for places like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and Consumer Cellular.
Senior Plans Aren’t Always The Best Option – Just because a plan is marketed towards seniors doesn’t always mean it’s your best option. Depending on your cell phone use there are many other options available to help you save money. This includes purchasing a cheaper smartphone such as the Moto G and going with a cheaper prepaid option from somewhere like T-Mobile ($35 per month unlimited). The senior plans as noted above will work for seniors who don’t use their cell phones often but as the aging populations becomes more technology literate more will opt for the regular plans. Many of the regular plans available can also be discounted based on different memberships and associations for seniors.
If you still can’t find any discounts or you’re wanting to opt out of the senior-specific plans then checkout our sections for free cell phones (with contract) or other cell phone deals from major wireless carriers. These deals can still help you save nearly as much as the senior plans but should give you more flexibility when adding things like data and text messaging which most deem essential today.
If we missed a senior discount for one of the major wireless providers or associations then let us know in the comments. Also feel free to ask any questions about available senior plans and discounts from providers.