Whether you want the internet to stay connected with friends and family, to shop, or to keep up on current events, companies offer a variety of plans to suit your needs. It all depends on what type of internet speed you are looking for and what your budget is.
AT&T is a well-known name in the communications business as it is known for providing phone service throughout the years as well as internet and even television. Currently, there are several low-cost internet plan options that are being offered which may appeal to those on a budget, including seniors.
Let’s face it; not everyone’s budget can accommodate the top internet plans out there. But, that doesn’t mean that people still can’t get connected at an affordable rate, especially with these plans.
There are three different internet speeds and price levels to choose from with the Access Program. In order to qualify:
Prices and internet speeds are as follows:
If you qualify for the Access program, AT&T will assign the fastest internet service that is available for your address. There is no commitment, no deposit, and no installation fee. With the Access program, you will also receive in-home Wi-Fi gateway and access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network.
To see if you qualify for this program, contact AT&T to begin the application process.
AT&T participates in Lifeline which is a federal program that offers discounted internet and phone bills to those who qualify. If you’re eligible you will get at least $9.25 off of your monthly bill. Eligible customers who also live on federally recognized tribal lands may receive an additional $25 discount.
You can get one Lifeline discount, phone or internet, but not both, per household. A household can only get one Lifeline discount from only one provider.
In order to qualify you must meet the following criteria:
If you think you meet the criteria, call AT&T to see if it is offered in your area so you can begin the application process. If you meet all of the criteria, you must subscribe to a plan that meets the Lifeline program’s minimum service standards.
AT&T does offer other plans that are available in all areas where their service can be found. AT&T internet is available in four price tiers.
Basic plans are priced based on internet speeds. Since the pricing for all the plans are the same, AT&T will offer the highest speed available at your location.
Pricing for higher speed plans are also the same and AT&T will give you the highest speed available for your area.
There are also plans that are powered by AT&T Fiber, which is ultra-fast internet service. This service is not offered in all areas, so if it is something you may be interested in, contact AT&T. Plan prices for this service range from $50-$100/month, which may not be within many people’s budgets.
When you sign up for AT&T service, you can count on reliable service, Wi-Fi gateway to connect all your devices, AT&T internet security, e-mail accounts, and Wi-Fi hot spots.
AT&T does not offer senior discounts for internet service.
One way to save money on your monthly bill is to bundle services like phone and television with your internet service.
If you choose any one of the television packages AT&T offers and bundle that with your internet service, you can save $10 off your internet cost each month. It’s best to contact AT&T to see what promotions they may also have going on to help save you more money.
AT&T offers several low-cost internet options for seniors on a budget. If you qualify, you can get basic internet service at a fraction of the cost compared to other plans. Although there are no senior discounts available, the savings through the discount plans makes internet service accessible for many seniors who may otherwise not have the chance to get service. AT&T also offers other plans for those who want faster service. These plans do cost more, but can be reduced if you decide to bundle them with a television plan.