As we get older, we want to maintain our cell service, but may not necessarily need all of the bells and whistles that come along with bigger, more expensive plans. Many wireless carriers recognize this and offer plans tailored to senior citizens and their needs. Verizon is one of the nation’s wireless carriers that offer a special plan for those ages 55 and up. Leading studies refer to Verizon as the nation’s number one overall network which appeals to many people as they search for a wireless carrier.
Verizon offers the Go Unlimited Plan for 55+. This plan is similar to the company’s regular Go Unlimited Plan but is offered at a discounted rate for seniors. It includes:
The cost for this coverage for one line is $60/month plus taxes and fees (when you sign up for Auto Pay). The cost for two phones is $80/month plus taxes and fees. But, not all seniors are eligible for this plan. In order to sign up, you must meet all of the following requirements:
It’s important to note that only the account owner has to be 55 and older. The other person on the account can be younger and still have access to the rate when the owner meets all of the requirements. There also cannot be more than two people on the account. You also cannot use any military discounts with the Go Unlimited Plan for 55+. At the time of this writing, it is unknown if Verizon plans to offer the Go Unlimited Plan for 55+ to people residing in other areas besides those mentioned above.
If you’re the only one using your account and don’t plan on adding any other users, you may also want to look into Verizon’s regular Go Unlimited Plan. Although this is not specifically geared towards seniors, the cost is only $40 per month plus taxes and fees (when you sign up for Auto Pay) for one line and includes all of the features the Go Unlimited Plan for 55+ offers, including unlimited talk and text. The best part is that you can live anywhere in the United States to take advantage of this plan and price.
As with other wireless carriers, the number of cell phone options is endless. There are countless models of each brand of cell phones out there. In the end, it comes down to personal preference and price.
For seniors on a budget, many look for the lowest priced phone. Here’s a look at the least expensive models of phone offered by each company.
If you’re not in the market for a smartphone, Verizon offers these basic phone options, among others:
LG Exalt LTE
Kyocera DuraXV LTE
If you do want a smartphone, consider these options which are the least expensive brand new smartphones that Verizon offers:
Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy J7 V 2nd Gen
Motorola Moto e5 Play
ASUS ZenPhone V Live
There are numerous other cell phones that Verizon offers if you don’t mind paying more money per month. You can see a full list of all smartphones offered here.
When you choose Verizon as your wireless carrier and decide to purchase a new phone through them, you can typically pick up your new device in a store within two hours or get free home delivery in a matter of two days. As was mentioned above, Verizon is also known as the nation’s most reliable network which means fewer dropped calls as well as better all-around coverage.
If you are switching to Verizon from another network, many times you can keep your old cell phone number. A company representative will let you know if your phone number is eligible.
Verizon offers a specially discounted plan for those ages 55 and up. For seniors with two people on the account, this can be money-saving, but they must live in one of several areas where the plan is offered. For seniors who do not live in those areas, Verizon does offer a similar plan at a relatively low rate if there is only one line on the plan. Verizon customers have a wide variety of phones to choose from, no matter which plan they decide to enroll in. Verizon also offers the option for people to keep their cell phones when switching over if the number is eligible.