Today, 1 in 5 American older adults report feeling lonely or socially isolated.1 Lively strives to move the needle on this statistic by offering phones and medical alert devices that allow seniors to stay connected and safe without breaking the bank. As one of the only providers offering cell phones tailored to older adults with built-in medical alert capabilities, Lively is a standout in the industry.
Lively's product lineup consists of two cell phones and two medical alert devices that operate on Verizon's network. With equipment as low as $49.99 and monthly subscriptions starting at $19.99 per month, Lively is fairly affordable compared to other providers. Though, prices can increase significantly if you want all the bells and whistles. If you opt for Lively's top-of-the-line package, we think the comprehensive protection it gives seniors is well worth $39.99 per month. Below, we've broken down everything you need to know about Lively products, prices, and how to save so you can get the best deal.
Did You Know: Lively was formerly known as GreatCall, which became widely known for its senior-friendly phones. The company revealed its new name in the spring of 2021.
Lively's pricing and subscription options can be a bit overwhelming, but we've simplified things for you below. Keep in mind that selecting a health and safety package is required for Lively's medical alert devices: Mobile Plus and Lively Wearable2. When it comes to Lively's phones, Lively Smart and Lively Flip, you can choose to forgo a health and safety package and select a cell phone plan to fit your talk, text, and data needs if you don't want medical alert protection.
|Product||Upfront equipment fee||Activation fees||Designed for||Monthly health and safety packages||Talk, text, and/or data plan prices|
|Lively Smart||$149.99||$35||Smartphone use||$19.99 – $34.99 per month||$17.48 – $54.99 per month|
|Lively Flip||$99.99||$35||Basic flip phone use||$19.99 – $34.99 per month||$14.99 – $19.99 per month (talk and text only)|
|Lively Mobile Plus||$49.99||$35||On-the-go medical alert protection||$24.99 – $39.99 per month||N/A|
|Lively Wearable2||$49.99||$35||On-the-go watch-style medical alert protection||$24.99 – $39.99 per month||N/A|
With an upfront cost of $149.99, this smartphone is Lively's premier option. It's more affordable than many other smartphones on the market. For instance, one of Apple's least expensive models, the iPhone SE, starts at around $400, which is more than twice the price of the Lively Smart. Talk, text, and data plans start at $17.48 per month, which is inexpensive compared to big-name cell phone carriers. Just keep in mind: If you decide to add a health and safety package for medical alert features, you'll be tacking $19.99 to $34.99 onto your monthly bill, depending on your chosen package.
A Quick Reminder: If you're looking for a senior-friendly cell phone and you don't care about medical alert capabilities, you can skip adding a health and safety package to save on your monthly bill. You'll need to pay the one-time device fee and a monthly fee for your mobile plan.
With a large screen, intuitive menu, loud speaker, and voice typing, the Lively Smart offers smartphone technology that caters to older adults. We love that the phone has a 22-hour battery life and dual rear cameras (13MP/5MP) – perfect for taking all those pictures of grandbabies and your latest vacation! If you choose to activate the Urgent Response button, you'll have access to an emergency operator who can send help during an emergency.
With an equipment fee of $99 and talk and text plans beginning at $14.99 per month, the Lively Flip cell phone is an excellent option for older adults who want a no-frills device with affordable monthly rates. We will say the Lively Flip is pricier than the upfront cost of other basic flip phones, like Consumer Cellular’s prices for the Link II, which is $35. However, the Lively Flip can access top-of-the-line health and safety features and reliable service that you won't find with other flip phones, which is why we think it is worth the extra cost.
Buyer’s Tip: To compare Lively's prices and systems to competitors, visit our list of the best medical alert systems for seniors.
The Lively Flip features a bright screen, loud speaker, large textured buttons, simplified menu, and hearing aid compatibility – all designed specifically for older adults. This flip phone can be turned into a medical alert device with a health and safety package. Plus, it's the perfect size to slide into a pocket or purse for on-the-go protection.
This mobile medical alert device is perfect for older adults who want a simple way to stay protected on the go. In addition to a one-time $49.99 device fee and $35 activation fee, all Lively Mobile Plus users must sign up for a health and safety package, starting at $24.99 per month. This is $5 to $10 less expensive than Medical Guardian’s monthly costs for similar mobile systems, so it offers good value.
FYI: If you don't love the device you signed up for, you have 30 days to return it for a full refund, minus a small restocking fee of $10.
This system features GPS technology, 24/7 monitoring, and 80 hours of battery life to keep you safe, whether you're at the grocery store or out in the garden. Weighing in at under 2 ounces, the small waterproof product is perfect for active seniors who still drive, travel, or who don't want to be hindered while they're wearing a medical device! During an emergency, you can press the device's button to connect to help straight away. If you have a history of falling, it may be worthwhile to add automatic fall detection to the system, which is available with the Ultimate Health & Safety Package.
The Lively Wearable2 is a good substitute for the Lively Mobile Plus if you want a watch-style option. It's the same price as Lively Mobile, with a device fee of $49.99, a $35 activation fee, and monthly monitoring starting at $24.99. This minimalist, discreet device connects to most smartphones and has health-conscious features like a step tracker and health tips to keep you active, which is ever so important as we age!
The system can be worn as a watch or a necklace, and you can add automatic fall detection with the Ultimate Health & Safety Package. In this year's Lively review, we were impressed with the system's four-month battery life; that's longer than we've seen with most mobile systems. You won't have to remember to charge yet another device, which adds to Lively Wearable2's value.
Once you select a Lively phone or medical alert device, you'll want to choose a health and safety Package that suits your budget and protection needs. Lively offers three package options: Basic, Preferred, or Ultimate. The features and monthly prices are dependent on whether you purchase a phone or medical alert device. Below is a breakdown of the packages and the value of the features they include.
|Health and Safety Package||Basic||Preferred||Ultimate|
|Included features||-Urgent response||-Urgent response
|Price||$24.99 per month||$29.99 per month||$39.99 per month|
|Health and Safety Package||Basic||Preferred||Ultimate|
|Included features||-Urgent response
|Price||$19.99 per month||$24.99 per month||$34.99 per month|
Urgent Response gives you 24/7 access to trained emergency agents who are familiar with your personal health information. All Lively agents are certified by The National Academy of Emergency Dispatch (IAED),2 the same company that certifies 911 operators, which gets a big thumbs up from us.
Have you ever wanted the advice of a medical professional but didn’t want to hassle with an appointment to ask a simple question? Urgent Care gives seniors 24/7 access to board-certified doctors and registered nurses, so you can use your Lively device to access non-emergency medical care from the comfort of your home. Doctor's visits can be expensive, so this feature offers excellent value and accessibility to care.
Using the Lively Link app, caregivers can stay in the loop on their loved one's status. Users receive instant, detailed medical alerts, GPS location, and daily activity updates on their loved one.
FYI: All of Lively's products have a $35 activation fee, so keep that in mind as you consider your budget.
With this concierge-like feature, seniors can access the personal operator to schedule a Lyft ride, search for phone numbers, make a call, or get driving directions. Talk about convenience!
This feature automatically detects a fall and tracks your location. When a fall is detected, an Urgent Response Agent is alerted and can provide you with immediate assistance.
Here are our top tips for getting the best deal on a Lively phone or device.
If you're looking for a device that keeps you connected and offers 24/7 protection, we'd recommend Lively. Their devices are small and sleek, so you won't feel like you're carrying around a bulky medical alert device. Compared to other flip phones and smartphones, Lively's device fees are affordable, and we love that they're designed specifically for older adults. The health and safety features are as simple or robust as you want and can be adjusted as your health needs change. The flexibility and personalization offered by Lively devices make them a great option for any seniors needing a mobile phone, medical alert device, or both.
Lively has more than 900,000 subscribers, which shows just how popular and trusted the brand is.3 Sure, you could spend a little bit less per month by purchasing an in-home Bay Alarm Medical system or a Consumer Cellular phone. But if you want mobile protection and the most bang for the buck, Lively has advanced mobile features and reliable systems, making it a solid choice.
Check out our video review of Lively's medical alert systems for a closer look at this provider.
Yes. Lively was formerly known as GreatCall. The company still offers the same senior-friendly products and services as before, just with a new name.
For those who travel, garden, or exercise regularly, Lively is a great option. The company has designed its products for active seniors who want to embrace technology and stay protected.
Yes, AARP members can currently save about $60 per year on Lively’s Preferred and Ultimate Packages with the purchase of a Lively Mobile Plus or Lively Wearable2.
Lively offers fall detection with the Lively Mobile Plus and Lively Wearable2 devices. To activate this feature, you’ll need to purchase the Ultimate Health & Safety Package, which costs $39.99 per month.
All of Lively’s products rely on Verizon’s cellular network. This provider has solid nationwide coverage, but you’ll still want to make sure that they offer reliable service in your area.