Nov
12

Cheap Phone Plans for Cell Phones for Seniors

Cell phones for seniors

Verizon and AT&T both offer cell phone plans specifically for senior citizens that are very appealing. The Verizon plan includes 200 individual minutes, 450 two line anytime minutes (handy if you have a second phone) and unlimited Verizon to Verizon cell phone minutes. The plan costs $29.99 per month and there is a one-time $35.00 activation fee. If you would like to add a second phone there is a one-time $25.00 activation fee (prices and plans subject to change).

The AT&T plan is for one phone, has 200 individual anytime minutes, 500 individual night and weekend minutes plus unlimited AT&T to AT&T cell phone minutes. The AT&T plan also costs $29.99 per month and has a one-time $36.00 activation fee (prices and plans subject to change).  Both Verizon and AT&T have done away with roaming and long distance charges on these plans so there won't be any unexpected surprises when the bill arrives.

Another way to keep the cost of using your cell phone at a manageable level would be to use a phone that allows you to "pay as you go". Many of the "pay as you go" phones will also allow you to use pre-paid phone cards that are available at most supermarkets, CVS type pharmacies other retailers such as Target and in fact just about any place that sells a variety of gift cards. There are quite a few "pay as you go" plans being offered and it may be quite confusing so we recommend that you see a very well put together comparison at: http://www.prepaidreviews.com/bestrated.html

With the cost of living going up all of the time paying for cell phone service can be one place that, with a little bit of thought, doesn't necessarily have to be a source of financial worry. The internet offers simple shopping for cell phone plans and if you are unable to find what you need there most cell phone providers have kiosks in your local shopping mall and there are customer service representatives who will be happy to assist you.

 

 

 

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Text to Phone

Cell phones for seniors

Some seniors might be more comfortable on the computer than using a cell phone. In that case there is text to phone, which allows a senior citizen to send a text message to any cell phone. This is a very handy method to keep in touch with friends and family that are comfortable using the text function of their cell phones. Many companies offer this service at no charge and the best way to find out more about this is to visit any search engine, such as Google and type text to phone in the search field.

One website we looked at, txt2day.com, was very easy to use and sent the text message promptly. When you use the txt2day service be sure that you enter the complete phone number, including area code and be sure not to use spaces or dashes in-between the numbers. They allow 140 characters, which should be more than enough for the type of message most people wish to send.

Another free site, textem.net allows 155 characters and is also very user friendly. Neither txt2day nor textem seemed to set a limit on free text messages and when checking for other free texting sites you want to be sure that they are not just offering a few free text messages before asking you to sign up and charge for them.

If money is not too much of an issue and you would rather sign up for a low cost texting service one that we looked at is ipipi (www.ipipi.com). They offered testing as low as 10 cents per text. If you are going to sign up for a texting service you may want to shop around and if so Google ask and ask.com would be good places to go to get information about low cost texting service.

 

 

 

 

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12

AT&T Cell Phones for Seniors

Pantech Breeze C520 AT&T Phone (Factory Refurbished)

Pantech Breeze C520 AT&T Phone (Factory Refurbished)


Pantech Breeze C520 AT&T Phone (Factory Refurbished)

This stylish GSM flip phone features a vibrant 2.2-inch TFT-LCD display, VGA camera/camcorder, Bluetooth wireless technology, USB 2.0 connectivity and more!

Each Factory Refurbished device undergoes a rigorous 100+ point inspection and meets high quality standards. This Pantech Breeze C520 has been thoroughly inspected and reconditioned to like-new. Ready to use on the AT&T network (price DOES NOT require 2-year contract).


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AT&T has two cell phones for seniors, the Pantech Ease and Pantech Breeze III. There is another AT&T cell phone, the Nokia 6085, that is senior friendly and although it is no longer in their product line up you should still be able to find them through some dealers or private party sources such as e bay.

The Pantech Ease features a user friendly interactive touch screen, slide out QWERTY keypad, voice activated GPS (a great feature that will make sure that you always reach your destination safely), easy to use texting for those who want this ability, is blue tooth as well as TTY/TTD compatible and is M3, T4 hearing aid (HAC) rated.

The Pantech Breeze III has intuitive menus, labels that are clear and easy to read, Audience earSmart (TM) that enhances your voice and suppresses noise and quick call keys so that you can program numbers that you use frequently and wish to access easily. This phone is also Bluetooth and TTY/TTD compatible plus it is M4, T4 hearing aid (HAC) rated. The Nokia 6085 offers a large keypad that is easy to operate, is TTY and hearing aid compatible. The dealers who are selling this phone seem to be offering an unlocked version, which means that you can choose the best service plan for your needs. If you shop for a Nokia 6085 on eBay you may find some that are unlocked and some that still require you to use the AT&T service plan.

The Pantech Ease and Pantech Breeze III are very similar in terms of features, the main difference is that the Pantech Ease has a slide out QWERTY keypad, which means that the entire front case of the phone is able to be used for the display and the Pantech Breeze III is a flip phone, which allows the keypad to be a bit larger, plus when the phone is closed there is a handy display on the outside of the case that shows the time. Both of these phones are geared towards the seniors who are comfortable with technology, but since they are very compact and easy to carry around even if you don't use all of the features offered they are both quality phones that have been well received in the marketplace.

There are some very handy accessories available for these phones, which include:

For the Pantech Ease

  • Memory card, car charger, vertical carrying case with clip, horizontal carrying case with clip, ultra-slim vertical black pouch and a variety of decorative gel skins and protective covers.

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For the Pantech Breeze III

  • Car charger, black leather case holder with belt clip and belt loop, fitted leather case and a variety of hard case covers.

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If the Pantech Ease or Pantech Breeze III is the right phone for you don't hesitate to get one, these phones are truly senior friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jitterbug Cell Phones for Seniors

Jitterbug Samsung No-Contract Mobile Phone - Red

Jitterbug Samsung No-Contract Mobile Phone – Red

Keeping in touch with friends and family while you're on the go is a snap with this no-contract mobile phone that features Bluetooth technology for hands-free conversations and large, backit buttons for easy viewing even in dim light.


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One of the top rated cell phones for seniors is the Jitterbug. Some of the features include a large keypad that is back lit for easy viewing at night, a bright, clear, color screen, enhanced sound quality as well as noise suppression (to eliminate unwanted background noise) and simple to use menus that only require a yes or no command. You can also store up to 50 frequently used phone numbers, easily retrieve voice mail messages and you will hear the familiar sound of a dial tone when the phone is ready to make a call.

In addition the Jitterbug is blue tooth and hearing aid compatible, has a mistake proof volume control and easy to recognize on/off buttons for speaker phone and power. Another nice feature of this phone is that there is no service contract and nationwide plans start at $14.99 per month (plan price subject to change).

The Jitterbug phone is pre-programmed at the factory so it is ready to use right out of the box, with no setup necessary. As with all cell phones it comes with an AC charger for the battery and there quite a few handy accessories that can be purchased separately. These include:

  • cell phones for seniors A car charger, which no one should be without.
  • A variety of lanyards if you prefer not to use a carrying case.
  • cell phones for seniors Spare battery packs, which come in red, graphite and white in order to match the color of your phone.
  • cell phones for seniors Horizontal leather case, which provides protection to the phone as well as easy access from your belt or purse.
  • cell phones for seniors Vertical leather case, which provides protection to the phone as well as easy access from your belt or purse. 

 

The Jitterbug phone is a very well thought out product and is a good value, especially considering the fact that you won't be tied to a service contract and it has one of the most reasonable plans around, so if this is a good phone for you purchasing one will be the right move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Button Cellphones for Seniors

Just5 J509 - Cellular Phone - GSM. Each

Just5 J509 – Cellular Phone – GSM. Each

Manufacturer: Just5. Each. Big buttons. Ease of operation. Personal emergency response system. Amplified sound. Long lasting battery Product Type: Cellular phone Service Provider: Not specified Phone Design: Candy bar Color: Orange Technology: GSM Band:


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In addition to the AT&T and Jitterbug phones there are other options for cell phones for seniors. Verizon offers the Samsung Haven that not only has a large, easy to use keypad but also features one touch access to emergency numbers, voice commands, reminder alarms and a fitness guide. You can even change the font size, which is a great option. Another important feature that is definitely worth mentioning is that you can store medical information, such as allergies and medication that you are taking.

The largest keypad is offered by Just5 whose phones also include short message service (SMS), call log, a one press SOS button and FM radio tuner. In order to get the large keypad and still keep the phone from being too bulky to carry Just5 had to sacrifice display size, but having said that the display window is dedicated to showing the most important thing, the number you are dialing and that is done with nice, large numerals that are very easy to read. Another very handy feature is that the Just5 phone is unlocked so you can use it with any service provider.

Not all big button cell phones that we looked at mentioned a backlit key pad, which may be a critical feature. If this is something that is essential to you it would be a good idea to go to the providers or manufacturers website (www.verizon.com, for example) and post a question asking about this feature. Sometimes if enough customers ask about something that is not presently available, or only on limited products it causes them to upgrade their product line to include the requested item. At the very least asking about a backlit key pad will help you make the right product decision and when you buy the phone you will know exactly what you are getting.

 

 

 

 

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