What a difference a decade makes. In 2010, just 16 percent of adults ages 55+ owned a smartphone. Today, the number has jumped to about 75 percent!1 The key to getting the most out of your cell phone (regardless of age) is choosing the right plan. T-Mobile's Unlimited 55 plans offer high-quality services tailored to older adults.
We've awarded T-Mobile a 4.5 star out of 5-star rating for their 55+ Unlimited plans. This rating is based on T-Mobile's range of affordable plans for older adults, unlimited data, great perks, no contracts, and international options. Read on for everything you need to know about T-Mobile's Unlimited 55+ plans.
|Plan Type||Monthly Cost (Per Line)||Talk, Text & Smartphone Data||Streaming Quality||Mobile Hotspot Data||International Data (Mexico & Canada)||In-Flight WiFi|
|Essentials Unlimited 55*||
|Magenta Unlimited 55||
||Unlimited||SD||5GB of 4G LTE||5GB of 4G||1 Hour|
|Magenta MAX Unlimited 55||
||Unlimited||HD||5GB of 4G LTE||5GB of 4G||Unlimited|
*Does not include taxes and fees
The Essentials Unlimited 55 plan is the most economical 55+ plan offered by T-Mobile. Pricing starts at $40 per month for a single-line plan or $55 per month when you sign up for two lines ($27.50 per line). Unlike the Magenta plans detailed below, the Essentials Unlimited price does not include taxes and fees. T-Mobile notes users can receive 50 percent worth of savings compared with basic competitor plans. A quick glance over at the AT&T senior plan shows prices start at $60 per line (and is only for Floridians3), so T-Mobile's claim certainly holds up.
The Essentials Unlimited 55 plan covers the basics, including:
Unsure if it's worth upgrading from Essentials Unlimited to Magenta Unlimited? Think about how, how often, and where you'll use your phone. If streaming and picture quality is important to you or you travel extensively, it may be best to consider one of the Magenta plans.
Dubbed their “signature plan,” T-Mobile's Magenta Unlimited 55 costs $50 per month for a single-line plan or $70 per month when you sign up for two lines ($35 per line). With the Magenta Unlimited plan, your data and speed options increase. We were disappointed to see that streaming is still in SD with the Magenta Unlimited. Hopefully, T-Mobile will upgrade this soon, especially as technology moves towards 4K/Super HD streaming.
Enjoy the following benefits with the Magenta Unlimited 55:
Overall, Magenta Unlimited 55 is a good option for older adults who want to stay connected, especially those who do occasional or light travel.
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The Magenta MAX Unlimited 55 plan is the gold standard of the T-Mobile 55 plans. It comes in at $65 per month for a single line plan or $90 per month when you sign up for two lines ($45 per line). So, what do you get for the higher price tag?
The Magenta MAX Unlimited 55 is an outstanding option for older adults who need high-tech features and faster data speeds. Frequent travelers can take advantage of the Magenta MAX perks, including a customer favorite: faster data speed. No one wants to wait hours to send and share images while on vacation!
Did You Know: 5G is the next generation in mobile data. It allows for signals to reach further than ever before, creating better speeds and network coverage than previous generations.
Older adults want a phone that will keep up with their needs and budget. T-Mobile has a range of brands, models, and price points, so take time to research their products. Below are two of our top picks for older adults.
The SE doesn't have as big a screen as some of the newer iPhones. However, it's the ease of use including a home button and headphone jack make it the go-to version. At $16.67 per month with no down payment, it's ideal for seniors who are looking to try an iPhone for the first time, without the expense of the latest iPhone models. Other benefits of this model include Touch ID, which is essential for any seniors who bank through their phone or have any other confidential information stored on there.
In today's high-tech world, our eyes can become fatigued from cell phone use. Some smartphones are designed to be as compact as possible. Unfortunately, this creates a smaller screen and greater potential for eye strain. The large 6.52-inch HD+ display of the REVVL 4+ (T-Mobile's own brand) was an attractive feature. Priced at an affordable $192, the REVVL 4+ (64GB) is a budget-friendly option that doesn't skimp on important features such as 20 hours talk time, 25.5 days standby time, fingerprint, and face ID unlock. The REVVL 4+ can be financed at $8 per month for 24 months.
Did You Know: Older adults are the fastest growing segment of mobile users, spending 30 percent more time on mobile than they did a year ago.4
T-Mobile's CEO is passionate about properly serving older adults. Posted on the company's YouTube channel,5 the CEO gave an impassioned speech about how other companies patronize adults aged 55 and over with their mobile offerings. He rightly points out that most seniors do want a smartphone and not a “brick with large numbers.” So how do competitor brands match up to this?
While T-Mobile's 55+ plans are available in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, the Verizon 55+ Unlimited Plan is only available in Florida, making it inaccessible for most residents of the United States. If you do reside in Florida, Verizon's 55+ plan offers unlimited calls, texts, and data for $60 a month (single line only) or $80 per month for two lines ($40 per line).
You can only have two phone lines on the Verizon 55+ plan (as with T-Mobile). However, with Verizon's Unlimited 55+ plan, you can add up to 10 tablets and up to 25 connected devices (such as a smartwatch).
As with Verizon, AT&T's 55+ plan is also restricted to Florida residents only. AT&T senior plans start at $60 per month (single line only) or $80 per month for two lines ($40 per line), which is almost as much as T-Mobile's Magenta MAX premium plan. AT&T requires in-person verification to qualify for their Senior Nation plan, which may be difficult for older adults with mobility challenges.
One advantage with AT&T is that customers can use their existing unlocked phones. AT&T also provides additional discounts to older adults with an AARP membership. According to AT&T, customers save 10 percent on the monthly service charge of qualifying wireless plans and 15 percent on eligible accessories.
T-Mobile's Unlimited 55+ plans start at just $40 per month for a single line plan or $55 per month for two lines ($27.50 per line). When compared to rival brands, T-Mobile's 55+ Unlimited plans come in at an impressive price point while delivering solid plan features.
With unlimited calls, texts, and data across their network, T-Mobile's Unlimited 55+ plans are impressive. Everyone likes perks, and T-Mobile doesn't disappoint their customers aged 55 and over. While some rival companies leave older adults out of benefitting from promotions and programs, T-Mobile includes all of its customers.
Relaxation is certainly an important part of retirement, making free Netflix a major bonus for Magenta Unlimited and Magenta MAX Unlimited customers. T-Mobile's customer service is extensive, spanning phone, email, social media, and live chat, making it very easy to get help should you need it.
Depending on the package you choose, plans start from $27.50 per line per month. The most expensive plan, Magenta Plus Unlimited is $45 per line per month.
Anyone who is over 55 qualifies for a T-Mobile senior plan, although proof of age is required. The easiest way to sign up is to visit a T-Mobile store with a government ID.
No. The good news is that only the account holder needs to be aged 55 or over to be eligible for a T-Mobile 55+ plan.
Yes, however, as Magenta single line plans start at $50 it could work out more expensive if anyone in your household is paying for a separate line.
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Forbes. (2018). Why T-Mobile Is Aggressively Expanding Its Retail Footprint.
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AARP. (2020). Older Adults Keep Pace on Tech Usage.
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