Jitterbug Prepaid Cell Phone Plan For Seniors
An alternative to TracFone's no longer available Senior Value Program
Lively, the service provider behind Jitterbug phones, understands that senior citizens are fully capable of using regular prepaid smartphones. There is no need to get special cell phones simply because one ages. However, nature plays a few pretty interesting tricks as we age and vision seems to be the butt of the aging joke.
In many cases, a senior’s vision isn’t quite as sharp as it used to be. As a result, larger is better than smaller (contrary to the technological trend) and seniors would prefer special cell phones to make wireless conversations much easier.
Jitterbug Cell Phones for Seniors to the Rescue
Unlike most cell phones, Lively’s Jitterbug phones have larger buttons and large display numbers, and an uncomplicated design. Yes, that means that if the phone rings while you’re in the grocery store and you don’t happen to have your reading glasses on, there’s a much better chance of being able to see who is calling because the number display is large.
As the Boomers age, and the popularity of Jitterbug phones has increased, I’m happy to say Seniors now have more than one phone to choose from (about a decade or more ago, there was only one).
Jitterbug Flip 2
There’s the tried and true Jitterbug Flip2 (Cost: $99.99). The simplicity of use, bright screen, and backlit number pad with large buttons make dialing and reading easy. The big red Urgent Response button at the bottom of the keypad allows for easy access to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.* And the speaker button ensures clear and loud audio.
The updated Jitterbug Flip2 is Alexa enabled which enables you to make calls and send texts by using voice commands. And let’s not forget the front (5MP) and rear-facing (8MP) cameras.
Jitterbug Smart 3
If the flip phone is not your style, the Jitterbug Smart 3 (Cost: $149.99 plus $35 activation fee) might fit the bill. It’s a simple and easy-to-use smartphone.
Unlike traditional smartphones with a host of complicated features, the Jitterbug Flip 3 has a simple user interface with basic, but necessary features. Features such as Phone, Text Messaging Camera, Internet, Email, and a few more.
The big red Emergency Alert button is always visible and available when needed*. No scrolling through menu options and unrecognizable icons to find it. As with the Jitterbug Flip2, the screen is bright, speakers loud and clear.
Both the Jitterbug 2 and Jitterbug 3 phones are hearing aid compatible (M4/T4).
Lively Jitterbug Prepaid Plans
As of this writing (November 2022), Lively offers the following plans for the Jitterbug phones:
The monthly plan minutes can be carried over for as many as 60 days. The monthly charge includes all domestic calling.
Monthly Data Plans - Jitterbug 3
*Medical Alert Service
For an additional of $24.99 per month, you can add the Basic Package of medical alert services. The basic plan provides Urgent Response and Lively Link. Or, you can opt for the Premium Package for a cost of $34.99. It includes the features of the Basic Package plus Nurse On-Call and Care Advocate.
For more information on the Medical Alert services, visit their Health & Safety Packages page.
Lively Wireless Network
Lively uses the massive Verizon network, so the Jitterbug phones will work almost everywhere in the U.S. where cellular service is available from most of the major carriers. Since there are no roaming charges, it doesn’t make a difference where you’re located as long as you’re within the US. Be advised, however, that international calls will incur additional charges.
If you currently have a cell phone number you would like to keep, in most cases, you can transfer an existing phone number to a Lively service plan.
Lively boasts real live friendly customer service reps. All of their reps are located within the United States and are specially hired based on their customer service professionalism. You can contact them by calling 1-800-733-6632 or email them by using the form on the Contact Us page on the Lively website.
Since this is a month-to-month plan, if you’re dissatisfied with the program, you can cancel at any time without incurring cancellation fees.
Did you know?: If you meet the Lifeline and/or Affordable Connectivity Program criteria, you qualify to receive a free device (smartphone or tablet) along with discounted or free wireless service (plans vary by state).
About the Author: LaForey is a person who was fed up with contract phone plans and opted for something more practical.
Originally published 25 October 2009
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