Updated 10 May 2021
As a senior member of the community, you’re all too aware of the pitfall of the mobile phone — timed calls! After all, for decades the simple local phone call has been a low-cost essential part of life that’s never run on a timer. The good news is that today’s mobile plans let you do that, and more — for less than the cost of the home phone!
What are the Best Phone Plans for Seniors and Pensioners?
Here is an in-depth list of the top mobile plans for pensioners and seniors who tend to use the phone for what it was invented for — talking! All four of them can be easily signed up for either online or on the phone, there are no hidden charges to get surprised by, and (in most cases) no contract to get tied down to. Our goal here is to help you pay as little money as possible each month while talking to your heart’s content!
If you don’t already have a mobile phone, don’t get trapped into getting one on contract. Make sure you ask for one that is not locked to a particular network, as this lets you take advantage of the widest range of mobile plan deals.
Southern Phone Small Plan
Southern Phone is a company based in and owned by regional communities around Australia, and they’ve won a lot of fans by being a versatile, friendly and incredibly affordable mobile provider, going so far as to give customers Optus as the mobile network. This time around, they’re offering an amazing plan that give you enough data plus unlimited calls and texts in Australia — not to mention, big savings since they’re reasonably priced.
To take advantage of the best mobile offer in the market today, simply choose their Small Plan with 2.5GB and unlimited calls and texts at $12.99/month. You can even get $2.99 discount each month as long as you don’t cancel or change your plan, setting back the cost to only $10 per month! Whatever your mobile needs are, Southern Phone’s got you covered. Medium plan and higher also include international call credit ranging from $50 to $500 per month.
Last audited 10 May 2021
Moose Mobile 8.80 Plan
The amusingly-named Moose Mobile (which operates on the Optus network) has a particularly nice offer in play at the moment for their excellent value month-to-month plans. Specifically ideal for seniors, the $8.80/month plan is a terrific value if you make some calls but not that many — you get 300 minutes of calls per month for your money, nearly three and a half hours.
If you spend less time than that on the phone, this is the plan for you (otherwise, the $15.80/mth plan makes the calls unlimited and now only $9.80 for 12 months). Now for seniors who want to make international calls to catch up with loved ones, the no lock-in contract $46.80/month plan includes $400 international calls credit.
Last audited 29 April 2021
Telstra Upfront Small Plan
Telstra may not have the most affordable mobile plans in the market, but it’s definitely one of the most reliable and most packed deals on offer. With its $55 SIM-only plan, you already get a generous 40GB data. On top of that, all Telstra mobile plans come with data-free Apple Music streaming, no excess data charges, and 5G access on select price tiers.
The new upfront mobile plans have also added new features like data sharing, 30 minutes of international calls to selected countries, and unlimited international SMS to all destinations. It is however important to note that other features in the traditional postpaid plans like Telstra Air access and calls and texts to premium numbers are no longer available.
Last audited 30 April 2021
Woolworths Extra Small
For those seniors who are using a smartphone and finding it handy for things like looking up maps when out and about, getting public transport times and checking emails, a 6GB data allowance each month is a nice comfortable amount to play with.
The Woolworths Extra Small prepaid plan gives 6GB of data plus unlimited calls and SMS for $20/month. You can top up your data if you find you need more in the middle of the month. There’s even up to 10% off your grocery shop every month.
What is the best Mobile Plan for you?
Whether you’re ready to free yourself from the home phone (and all those annoying spam calls) or you’re looking for a mobile for convenience and peace of mind, these days you can get a mobile service that gives you far more value than your home phone ever could, for a fraction of the price. And with most plans not on a contract, you’ve got the freedom to switch providers any time you like, without any penalty or inconvenience (and yes, you get to keep the same mobile number if you switch!). If you’ve been on the fence about getting that mobile phone, there’s never been a better time to jump on in.