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As the world's largest telecommunications company1, AT&T is embracing our senior generation by making cell phones that are easier to use and offering special plans that better fit older adults' needs. We recently reviewed AT&T's Senior Nation plan and found it ideal for seniors who want a talk-only plan at an affordable price of $29.99 per month. With 500 night and weekend minutes available, it’s a great deal for those who don’t want all the extra frill and fuss.
Unlike T-Mobile, which offers contract-free options with their senior plans, AT&T does require a two-year contract for their Senior Nation plan. However, with monthly rates that least $10 cheaper per month than most senior phone plans, it may be the best all-around deal — saving you money in the long run. Let's take a closer look at the pricing, overall value, and offerings from AT&T's phone plans so you can stay connected with your loved ones!
As mentioned earlier, AT&T has a few great options for older adults. Some plans have specific restrictions, but they offer tremendous savings over traditional cell phone plans if you qualify. Keep in mind that AT&T offers other plans; these are just our top picks for seniors.
|AT&T plan||Monthly price (per line)||Features||Best use||Restrictions|
|AT&T Senior Nation Plan||$29.99||200 anytime minutes
500 night and weekend minutes
Unlimited AT&T mobile-to-mobile minutes
|Best for seniors who want a basic phone plan to make occasional calls only||Age 65+
Available on basic phones only (no smartphones or tablets)
|AT&T Lifeline2||Discount varies||Not a plan, but a special wireless phone discount available to low-income households/td>||Best for seniors on a fixed income or government assistance||Eligibility based on income, but those living on SSI or who use Medicaid may be eligible|
|AT&T Unlimited 55+||$40 – $60||Unlimited talk, text, and data in U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Free texting in 120+ countries
Compatible with smartphones and basic phones
|Best for technology-savvy seniors who live in Florida||Age 55+
Restricted to no more than two lines (wearables and hotspots not eligible)
Restricted to Florida residents
|AT&T Unlimited Starter||$30 – $65 (depending on the number of lines)||Unlimited talk, text, and data
Compatible with smartphones and basic phones
|Best for technology-savvy seniors who want to stay connected and maintain multiple phone lines (at least four)||Best price requires multiple phone lines|
If you're considering AT&T's talk-only plan or an economically priced unlimited plan, the biggest factor to consider is what you typically use your mobile phone for. If you make phone calls only and don't need any data, then a basic phone plan is sufficient. However, if you want to share photos of the grandkids, browse the web occasionally, or scroll through Facebook, an unlimited plan with data is more appropriate.
This basic AT&T phone plan is perfect for seniors who want to stay connected but don't need internet access or text messaging. It offers unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling for AT&T customers. That means you can call any of your friends and family who have an AT&T mobile plan and chat as much as you want! The AT&T Senior Nation plan also comes with 200 anytime minutes for making calls to non-AT&T customers, so you can use those minutes for things like calling the doctor's office or chatting with friends who don't have AT&T. You'll also get 500 bonus minutes for night-and-weekend calls. As an added perk, there are no roaming or long distance charges.
FYI: Additional minutes cost $0.45 a minute, so you can purchase more if you need.
This plan is ideal for older adults looking for a cheap phone plan. Since the plan doesn't come with data, you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a smartphone. Instead, you can opt for a low-cost flip phone and pay just $29.99 per month for your plan. If you are a veteran or AARP member, you may be eligible for an additional discount on top of that.
With rates per line ranging from $40 to $60 per month, AT&T offers this unlimited plan for the 55-and-over crowd that comes with (you guessed it) unlimited talk, text, and data. So you can check in on Facebook, search for local businesses, and receive pictures of the grandkids while you're out and about. The AT&T Unlimited 55+ plan is an excellent choice for older adults who use their phones frequently throughout the day. The Unlimited 55+ plan also features unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico. Plus, you'll get free texting in over 120 countries, perfect for frequent travelers.
Buyer’s Tip: AT&T offers perks like $100 in credits per line when you switch to AT&T, up to $45 in savings on activation and upgrade fees, and 15 percent off accessories for AARP members.
While currently only available to Florida residents, we hope this plan will be expanded to other areas soon. Like other AT&T unlimited plans, consumers are rewarded for having multiple lines, so the more lines you have, the lower rates per line you'll pay.
Maybe the above plan sounds perfect, but there is just one little problem: You don't live in Florida. If you don't call the Sunshine State home, you can choose a basic unlimited plan and a senior-friendly smartphone. While this plan isn't senior-specific, it still offers unlimited talk, text, and data at a reasonable price. Plus, you can apply an extra discount on the plan price if you are an AARP member or a veteran.
This plan is priced based on the number of lines on your account. For example, with five lines, you can get the AT&T Unlimited Starter plan for as low as $30 per month per line. Users will pay $65 per month for a single line before any discounts. Overall, this plan is best for seniors who use their phones frequently and want to share a phone plan with family and friends.
We're all about getting the best deal, so let's take a look at how you can get the most out of your AT&T mobile plan.
Some older adults prefer the simplicity of a flip phone, while others enjoy the convenience and accessibility of a smartphone. Either way, you're in luck with AT&T. They offer over 40 phones to choose from. We've selected two senior-friendly phones below that we'd recommend.
This phone is as basic as they come these days. The keypad and toggle menu are clearly labeled and prominently located inside the flip phone, making it ideal for those with poor vision. One of our favorite features about this phone is that it comes with Google Voice Assistant built in. With this feature, you can navigate the phone using your voice. You can say goodbye to the frustration of trying to navigate tiny buttons! The Cingular Flip IV costs just $62.99, which is pretty affordable compared to other entry-level flip phones on the market.
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Pro Tip: Head to our list of the best flip phones for seniors to check out some of our other favorite flip phones.
For older adults who are looking for a little more connectivity, the iPhone XR is a great entry point into a smartphone. The iPhone XR has a large, clear display; no small icons and hard-to-read text here! It is also equipped with an easy-to-use camera for taking high-quality pictures of your grandbabies or family vacations, featuring 4GB of storage space. Plus, Apple products are popular in the world of smartphones, and this model is by far the most affordable and easiest to use. That's why the Apple iPhone made it onto this year's best cell phones for seniors list.
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Important Note: Smartphones are usually priced in installments and added as an additional cost to your monthly bill. Be careful when choosing your plan, and make sure to find out if you are buying or renting the phone and how many installments are required. To learn more about iPhones, visit our list of the best iPhones for seniors.
AT&T is one of the few cell phone carriers that still offer a basic, call-only cell phone plan. Many competing phone providers offer senior-focused plans, but they include data, which is unnecessary for older adults who only want a basic plan. This is true for the Verizon 55+ Unlimited plan. Though it is similar in price to AT&T's Senior Nation plan, it's available in Florida only, whereas the Senior Nation plan is available to seniors anywhere in the U.S.
FYI: If you want to compare some of the top cell phone plans for seniors, check out our cell phone buyer's guide for a full rundown on the top phones and plans.
Lively, another phone provider we’ve tested, offers a comparable call-only plan for just $14.99 per month, but their lowest-priced flip phone is $100. With AT&T, you could purchase the Cingular Flip IV for $62.99.
The most straightforward senior plan that AT&T offers is the call-only Senior Nation plan. This plan costs $29.99 per month and includes 200 anytime minutes, plus additional minutes on nights and weekends or when talking to other AT&T mobile users. AT&T is one of the only carriers still offering a basic call-only plan, which is good news for older adults who do not use or need a smartphone or data.
Those who want a smartphone and unlimited mobile data can take advantage of an AARP discount or the Unlimited 55+ plan (currently restricted to Florida residents). Keep in mind that AT&T's unlimited plans are priced based on the number of lines on the account, ranging anywhere from $30 to $70 per line. So the more lines you have, the more you'll save. All in all, AT&T is a great option, as they offer a diverse range of cell phones and mobile plans for older adults to choose from.
AT&T doesn’t offer an official senior discount, but AARP members can receive 10 percent off the cost of their plan, and veterans could receive 25 percent off their monthly bill.
Though they aren’t specifically designed for seniors, AT&T has several phones that would work well for seniors. They offer flip phones, beginner-friendly smartphones, and high-tech devices for seniors who are great with technology.
Yes. AT&T’s Senior Nation plan is available for seniors 65 and older. The talk-only plan can accommodate one or two phone lines and costs $29.99 per month.
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