Cellular phones are an important part of the world today in that they help everybody stay connected. Older adults often live alone, isolated from the majority of their family. Some have specific health needs that must be closely monitored. For these seniors, a connection to the outside world that a cellular phone provides is indispensable. Moreover, having a cell phone can provide the security seniors need to get out and live active lives.
The cellular industry – for the most part – is not focused on the needs of older adults. They rarely consider the need for larger buttons and screens, brighter lighting of screens and buttons, or enhanced speakers to accommodate hearing problems.
However, Verizon does offer a specially priced plan for those customers who are 55 years of age or older. The Verizon Go Unlimited 55+ plan offers all the features of their regular Go Unlimited plan at a price that is designed to fit within the fixed budgets on which many seniors live more easily.
This plan is designed to save older adults money on their cellular bill. It requires a contract and is only available to customers with addresses in Detroit, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, and Texas.
There is no special phone that needs to be purchased to utilize Verizon’s Go Unlimited 55+ service plan. Customers may purchase a new phone or use the one they already have; even if it is not a Verizon phone. It should be noted, however, that only smartphones will be able to make use of all the features included with this plan.
This plan is available for up to two lines when the primary account owner is 55 years of age or older. Current customers of Verizon that turn 55 must call to get the savings as they are not automatically given the discounted rate. Furthermore, this plan is not compatible with any other form of discounts such as business, military, or employee discounts.
The Verizon Go Unlimited 55+ plan is – in itself – a senior discount. Otherwise, Verizon does not offer any additional discounts or special pricing for older adults.
Verizon Communications has been providing cellular services for nearly 20 years. In that time, they have built a reputation as one of the top cellular companies in the industry with extensive nationwide coverage. This reputation affords a certain confidence among consumers.
While Verizon Go Unlimited 55+ does provide exceptional service for seniors, there are other companies in the industry that are more focused on the unique needs of older adults. Moreover, this plan is more pricey than comparable plans from other providers.
Overall, if for current Verizon customers within the applicable service areas, this plan will help save money. If you are looking for a new cellular service provider and/or plan, however, there are others available that are a better value. Read our full review of Verizon's senior plans here.