One word of caution, this site generally writes about prepaid cell phone plans. AT&T’s Plan for Seniors is not a prepaid plan. Every once in a while I come across a few plans that are not prepaid but are worth mentioning. The AT&T America Plan for Seniors has earned such a mention. At $29.99 per month, it’s one of the more economical plans available for seniors.
There is one caveat. You must be 65 or older. Anyone attempting to horn in on the savings and is not yet 65 years of age, will be charged a higher rate once the true age is discovered.
A Little about AT&T’s America Plan for Senior Citizens
The cell phone plan includes local, long distance and roaming, 200 anytime minutes and 500 minutes for nights and weekends. It also offers unlimited mobile to mobile minutes. That means that you can talk as long and as much as you want with your friends and family as long as you are speaking to them a mobile phone (home landlines are not included).
This plan does not include the popular AT&T rollover minutes, so if you don’t use your talk time, you lose it. You cannot carry cell phone minutes over to the next month. Plus, if you go over your allotted minutes, AT&T charges a rate of .45 per minute, so it’s wise to keep track of your usage.
The basic AT&T America’s Plan for Seniors (also called Senior Nation 200 plan) does not come with text messaging. If texting with the kids or grand kids is important, there’s the option of spending an additional $5 for 200 messages (there is also an option for unlimited texting at $30 a month but if you’re going to spend that much, you need to find a more economical cell phone plan).
This plan works well if your cell phone usage is minimal. The Senior Nation 200 plan requires a 2-year contract and charges a $36 one time in activation fee. So, if you think you may eventually need more time than this plan provides, think twice before signing up. Two years can be a long time if you’re unhappy with your cell phone contract.