OKLAHOMA CITY – If you don’t use your cell phone very often, there are several cell phones that won’t cost you a pretty penny.
For seniors who don’t use cell phones very often, ‘prepaid’ or ‘pay as you go’ plans are perfect to save money. The cheapest deal available today is through T-Mobile’s pay as you go plan.
For just $3 per month, it provides any combination of 30 minutes of talk or 30 text messages. If you want more, you can pay an additional 10 cents per minute/message when you sign up. Once you reach your limit for the month, the phone stops working.
If you’re looking for more talk time or messages, Pure Talk USA offers Senior AddVantage 80 Plan, which provides any combination of 80 minutes or 240 text messages for $5 a month.
If you want a senior-friendly phone with a large keypad, the Doro PhoneEasy 626 sold through Consumer Cellular is the best, low-cost option. It runs $50 for the phone with calling plans that start at $10 per month.
If your income is low enough, you may qualify for a free cellphone through the Lifeline Assistance Program. The program subsidizes wireless companies who provide free phones and usually between 250 and 1,000 minutes of free monthly talk and texts to low-income Americans. Oklahoma has 75 companies that provide the free phones with basic services.
To qualify, you must show that you’re receiving certain types of government benefits, home energy assistance or public housing assistance. Or, you household income must be below $16,038 as a single person, or $21,627 for couples.