Choosing a reliable phone plan is an excellent way to stay connected with loved ones. As one of the largest wireless carriers with a senior-specific plan for customers ages 55 and up, Verizon’s 55+ Unlimited plan may be a great fit for you.
Starting at $62 per month for one line or $84 per month for two, Verizon’s 55+ Unlimited plan offers unlimited talk, text, and data through their reliable 5G and 4G LTE networks. Although their monthly rates are higher compared to competitors like AT&T, Verizon boasts outstanding technical support and widespread coverage in both rural and heavily populated areas.1 This plan is currently only available to new customers in Florida, but Verizon still offers plenty of alternative phone plans for seniors in other states. Read on to learn about the 55+ Unlimited plan, as well as other senior-friendly Verizon phone plans.
FYI: While Verizon offers a 55+ plan, it’s currently only available to Florida residents. If you’re looking for an excellent senior-friendly plan in a different state, check out Consumer Cellular’s phone plans.
It’s true that Verizon has some of the best nationwide coverage of any wireless carrier. But if you don’t travel much and just need a basic phone plan, you may be overpaying with Verizon Wireless. So, if you want to shop around to find the best phone plan for older adults, be sure to check out some of the top-rated providers we have reviewed.
I wanted to learn more about Verizon’s phone plans, so I gave customer service a call. Jason, the representative I spoke with, clarified the differences between the prepaid and postpaid plans. Basically, you get better connectivity and insurance with postpaid plans, as they operate on a different network, but prepaid is still the way to go if you want to pay only for what you’re using.
I had a pleasant experience speaking with Verizon’s customer service, and Jason answered all of my questions. The quality of customer service is a key decision-making factor when choosing a phone carrier, so I appreciate the excellent service I received.
I decided to purchase my plan online, so I input my personal information, the number of lines I needed, and my state of residence to determine eligibility for the 55+ Unlimited plan on Verizon’s website. There was also a phone number listed in case I decided not to shop online or had additional questions. I decided to opt for the faster online purchase option.
Since I don’t live in Florida, the 55+ Unlimited plan wasn’t available to me. However, after inputting my information, I was given several plan options starting at $60 per month for one line. I chose the Unlimited Plus plan for $60 per month, which features 5G nationwide coverage and entertainment perks like access to an Apple One subscription, which includes Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, and more. This is great for when my family comes to visit!
FYI: Looking for an affordable smartphone? Check out our list of the best cheap cell phones for seniors.
The purchasing process was quite straightforward and easy. I also liked that I was automatically saving on my bill just for enrolling in Auto Pay. If you don’t want Auto Pay, your bill will increase by $10. Before checking out, I also had the option to bring my own smartphone or buy a new phone from Verizon. I decided to bring my own. At the time of my purchase, Verizon was offering a promo credit for customers who sign up for a new line and bring their own smartphone. I also appreciated Verizon’s transparency, as they clearly listed a one-time activation fee of $35. Overall, the online purchase process was a breeze. If you’d prefer to chat with a representative before purchasing, you can also give Verizon a call.
With a wide variety of phones ranging from smartphones to prepaid flip phones, Verizon has options for most needs and budgets. Below we’ll take a look at my top picks for older adults.
Highly praised by Verizon customers and reviewers alike, the Kyocera DuraXV Extreme is a solid flip phone for older users thanks to its durable build and senior-friendly design. Priced at a one-time fee of $240 (or $10 per month for 24 months), this basic cell phone can withstand falls, water, and travel. It’s also larger in size, which caters to older eyes and hands. The flip phone is easy to operate thanks to its programmable keys (which will come in handy during an emergency situation) and a large screen. You’ll also find a basic 5MP autofocus camera for selfies with the grandkids. While the camera won’t be as high quality as those of other phones on the market, it’s still perfect for capturing all the important moments with family and friends.
FYI: Not sure which phone is right for you? Head over to our list of the best cell phones for seniors to compare all of our top picks.
This iPhone model is a great option for tech-savvy seniors that feel comfortable with iOS operating systems. With a 12MP camera, 64 GB of storage, and a $429.99 price tag, this iPhone is a technological step up from a flip phone that won’t break the bank. It comes equipped with a retina HD display and long battery life up to 13 hours. As a bonus, it’s the only model in Apple’s latest iPhone series that still has the familiar home button. With terrific call quality and water-resistant features, this smartphone is a great upgrade for older adults who want more features to stay connected. Plus, this iPhone’s display is 4.7 inches, so it’s easy to grip for those with arthritis or chronic wrist pain. The touch screen also makes it easy to tap and use without applying the pressure that’s needed for physical buttons.
Verizon is one of the nation’s leaders in reliable coverage2 and the first to build out a 5G network. The company has evolved its network over time to offer increasingly higher speeds, including its fastest 5G Ultra Wideband network. Currently, Verizon provides 3G in most rural coverage areas and 4G LTE, 5G Nationwide, and 5G Ultra Wideband coverage in heavily populated coverage areas. The best part? All of Verizon’s phone plans currently include access to their high-speed 5G Nationwide network, which is available in over 2,700 cities. According to a recent report,3 Verizon's speeds are comparable to AT&T’s and even faster than Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s — placing them in front of many other top-performing wireless providers.
Quick Tip: Not sure what 3G, 4G, or 5G means? The quick answer is this: The higher the number, the faster the speeds. That means you’ll be able to connect to the internet, download movies, and use social media with faster and more reliable speeds!
While Verizon doesn’t necessarily call it a “contract,” if you purchase a new cell phone through Verizon, you are responsible for any remaining fees if you choose to get rid of the phone before the 24-month commitment period ends. This is typical across the industry with other providers we've reviewed, like AT&T and T-Mobile. Some smaller companies we've tested, like Lively, don’t make you sign a contract.
FYI: Considering a prepaid plan with no commitments? If you sign up for Verizon’s Prepaid Unlimited plan, you’ll pay $50 per month when you bring your own number.
However, if you choose one of Verizon’s prepaid plans, there are no contracts and you’re charged as you go. This is favorable for older adults who might feel uneasy about committing to a long-term cell phone plan. Additionally, Verizon offers a No Risk Device Trial, where customers can return devices within 14 days of delivery. Customers can return or exchange wireless devices or accessories from Verizon within 30 days. Keep in mind: If you cancel a phone line within 30 days of accepting an agreement, you won’t have to pay an early termination fee as long as it’s within the return period.
In general, most Verizon products come with a one-year warranty through the manufacturer. Want more protection? Consider opting for Verizon Protect, which offers device protection, security, and technical support for your purchase. For additional warranty coverage, you can also choose the Verizon Extended Warranty, starting at $5 per month per device.
While other providers we’ve tested, such as T-Mobile, offer multiple senior-specific phone plans, Verizon offers only one senior-specific plan: The Verizon 55+ Unlimited plan. To qualify, you need to be 55 years of age or older with a billing address in Florida, a Florida ID, and proof of address when signing up. If you don’t live in Florida but are still looking for a plan suitable for older adults, there are plenty of other unlimited and prepaid plans to choose from. Verizon has evolved its phone plan offerings over time to include excellent perks, 5G coverage, and unlimited talk, text, and data.
FYI:Visit Verizon’s website to see if you’re eligible for the 55+ Unlimited plan (available to Florida residents only).
Below, I’ll highlight some of my favorite options for older adults. Keep in mind that all of these plans are subject to additional taxes, fees, and a one-time activation fee.
|55+ Unlimited||Starts at $84 per month for 2 lines||
|Unlimited Welcome||Starts at $60 per month for one line||
|Prepaid Plan – 15 GB||Starts at $45 per month||
|Prepaid Plan – Unlimited||Starts at $60 per month||
Below, we’ll take a closer look at Verizon’s 55+ Unlimited plan, along with Unlimited Welcome, one of our favorite unlimited Verizon plans for those who don’t live in Florida.
Verizon’s 55+ Unlimited plan costs $42 per line for two lines or $62 for one line. For comparison, this plan is $2 more per line than AT&T’s Unlimited 55+ plan, and they both offer comparable features. While these plans are on the pricier side for the industry, you’re getting perks like unlimited talk, text, and data. You’ll also have access to unlimited mobile hot spots, which means you can access the internet on multiple devices when you’re away from home. It also comes with unlimited talk, text, and data to and from Mexico and Canada for those who like to travel.
Pro Tip: If you’re not sure what type of phone plan you need, visit our cell phone buyer’s guide for all the details on choosing a phone and plan.
Verizon’s 55+ Unlimited plan was designed for seniors. It’s simple, offers all the essential features, and is available in Florida, a popular retirement destination for older adults. It includes:
Keep in mind that this plan is available only to new customers ages 55 and older with a Florida billing address, and it’s limited to two lines. I’d recommend the 55+ Unlimited plan for older adults who use their phones frequently, don’t want to deal with data caps, or have friends and family in Canada or Mexico. It’s also great for seniors who are on the go and don’t want to rely on a landline. If you’re an older adult who runs errands often or likes to hang out in coffee shops, you might benefit from this plan’s unlimited mobile hot spot data. On the other hand, if you’re just looking for a simple plan to stay connected and you don’t need data or a smartphone, I’d recommend checking out one of Verizon’s prepaid plans.
Verizon’s Unlimited Welcome plan is a great basic unlimited option if you find yourself reaching for your smartphone frequently to talk and text with the grandkids. Although you might not receive high-definition streaming quality like you would with the 55+ Unlimited plan, it’s still an excellent option if you don’t live in Florida.
Compared to T-Mobile senior phone plans, which start at $40 per month for one line, Verizon’s Unlimited Welcome is a bit more pricey and starts at $60 per month for one line. This cost difference is pretty substantial, and T-Mobile offers extra perks like hot spot data and texting to over 200 countries. Still, Verizon’s Unlimited Welcome plan is a great choice if the carrier offers solid coverage in your area.
Verizon’s Unlimited Welcome plan features the following:
Like all of Verizon’s unlimited plans, the Unlimited Welcome plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data in the U.S., as well as talk, text, and data from Mexico and Canada.
While Verizon offers a solid 55+ plan to Florida residents, there are some more affordable options on the market available nationwide. Below is a breakdown of how Verizon compares to the competition.
|Phone plan name||Unlimited talk, text, and data||Monthly prices starting at||Availability|
|Verizon Unlimited 55+ Plan||Yes||$62 per line
$84 for two lines
|T-Mobile Essentials 55||Yes||$27.50 per line
$55 for two lines
|AT&T Unlimited 55+||Yes||$60 for one line
$80 for two lines
|Lively||No||$19.99 per line||Nationwide|
Unfortunately not. Unlike AT&T, there is no AARP discount currently offered through Verizon.
No, there are no models designed specifically for seniors with a button like this. If you’re interested in a device that has that feature, we recommend looking into a Jitterbug phone.
Yes, Verizon offers insurance, which ranges in price from $12 to $17 per month depending on what type of phone you have.
To get an existing phone number up and running with Verizon, they’ll send you a SIM card in the mail, or you can retrieve one at a Verizon store.
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