Tips for Picking a Phone Plan for Seniors

Best Phone Plan for Seniors

Picking a phone plan for seniors isn’t always straightforward. After all, everyone is unique and has their own needs, budget, and preferences. In this article, I’ll share a few tips to help you choose.

Don’t always pick the cheapest phone plan

Everyone loves to save money, but the cheapest phone plan isn’t always worth it if the network it’s on isn’t very reliable. That’s why I’d recommend looking for a combination of quality and value. Even if you or the senior you’re shopping for doesn’t use their phone that frequently, many people rely on their phones in important situations such as emergencies. It’s worth investing in a plan that uses a reliable wireless network.

For example, AT&T’s service area covers more than 99% of the U.S. population,* so you’ll know you’re getting service you can depend on. That applies to both prepaid and postpaid wireless plans.

*Based on overall coverage in the U.S. licensed areas. Coverage not available everywhere.

There’s no single “best phone plan for seniors”

Everyone has a different personality, and so it only makes sense that everyone also has different wireless needs. For people who don’t use their phones very often, it might make sense to pick a plan that has fewer features and includes less data. That might describe many seniors, but of course it doesn’t apply to everyone.

For example, my uncle is always showing the family cool smartphone apps and features that we didn’t even know about. He’s frequently checking in on his grandkids online. My dad, on the other hand, doesn’t like to bother much with technology. When he does get online, he prefers to use a tablet or computer because he finds it easier to navigate.

Whether you’re a senior yourself or shopping for one, it’s worth thinking carefully about these types of personal preferences and habits. How much wireless data do you need? Does it make sense to get an unlimited plan, or would something a little leaner do the job for a little less money?

Consider Unlimited* for the tech lover in your life or the Annual Plan if you’re looking to save money.

*AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy.

Look out for senior phone plan discounts

It almost always helps to keep your eyes open for deals. There are some special discounts and plans out there specifically for seniors. You might want to check out this article to see a few options from AT&T that might help you save money.

Don’t overlook prepaid phone plans for seniors

When many people think of phone plans, often the first thing that comes to mind is a traditional postpaid plan. While there are some great postpaid options out there, it’s important not to overlook prepaid options, either.

One of the nice things about prepaid plans is that you might have the option to pay a month at a time rather than having an annual contract. This can be nice if your phone usage varies a lot throughout the year. With AT&T PREPAID, for example, you can switch levels of service month-by-month in some cases.

That type of flexibility can be great for things like domestic travel, where you know you might be away from your home and using your phone more frequently for a short period of time. That’s a nice perk for people of all ages.

Consider phone security features

Unfortunately, not everyone has good intentions. There are plenty of scammers, criminals, and spammers in the world. To help protect yourself and your loved ones from scams and annoying spam calls, you might want to think carefully about phone security features before you purchase any phone plan. All current AT&T postpaid and AT&T PREPAID phone plans come with spam protection, fraud call blocking & more as part of AT&T ActiveArmor**. 

**Compatible device/service required. Requires download of ActiveArmor app and acceptance of terms of service. May inadvertently block wanted calls; settings can be adjusted in-app. May not detect all threats. Details at

Enjoy the new phone plan

Hopefully this article provided some insight as you weigh your options for a phone plan. It’s worth doing some reading and thinking carefully. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone you care about, I hope you find something that meets your needs.

This article is AT&T sponsored content written by Matt Johnsen, a TechBuzz contributor and AT&T employee. The statements in this article are his own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.



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