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, so you can properly catch up with friends and relatives without having to watch the clock (or get a nasty surprise when the bill arrives). The good news is that today’s mobile plans let you do that, and more — for less than the cost of the home phone!
Could it be worth finally getting rid of that old home phone? After all, even with a seniors discount it still costs a significant amount of money per year just to have it connected, and then every call you make with it adds to the bill. And while local calls to other home phones are not timed and still only cost a modest fee, they’re increasingly not the numbers we’re calling these days.
Mobile Guide for Seniors
Friends and family move interstate or even overseas for work, study or adventure, and keeping in touch with them is as important as ever. But calling long distance or internationally on a home phone can be an extremely costly thing.
Fortunately, there’s a better way, though it’s going to take a little getting used to. A great many younger people these days are abandoning the home phone altogether, and there’s a good reason why. Mobile plans offer so many benefits over a home phone that they win almost by default, but with a little shopping around you can tailor the plan you get to exactly fit your calling needs, and end up spending as little as $10 a month with all calls included.
Now, getting rid of the home phone is not for everyone. For some — especially those who have health needs that demand a reliable emergency phone to be available at all times, or those who have a “back to base” alarm on the house — the home phone’s going to have to stay around. But you’ll still save a lot of money by getting yourself a mobile phone and taking advantage of some of the fantastic contract-free plans that are around these days.
If you don’t already have a mobile phone, don’t get trapped into getting one on contract. Instead, ask at your local Woolworths or Coles about the low-cost mobiles they sell outright. 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. These basic mobile phones can cost as little as $40 and are incredibly easy to operate — there’s no “smartphone” stuff to distract from the key purpose of just making phone calls.
Once you’ve got your phone, you can pick from a huge range of plans, where the provider will provide you with a “SIM” card. Slot that into your phone and you’re ready to go.
So here are some of the key mobile plans for pensioners and seniors who tend to use the phone for what it was invented for — talking! All five 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!
#1 – Southern Phone Green/Orange 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 the choice of Optus or Telstra as the mobile network. This time around, they’re offering two amazing plans that give you huge 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 between the Optus plan at $22/month to get 7GB of data on a 12-month
Get the Best Deals from Southern Phone
Choose between the Optus plan with 7GB data for $22/mth or the Telstra plan with a generous 15GB for only $45/mth.
#2 Telstra BYO 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 base mobile plan, you already get a whopping 30GB data plus another 30GB bonus data, resulting in a 60GB total that’s perfect to use even for your connection at home at $59/month. This also includes unlimited international talk and text to 15 selected countries, which comes in handy for seniors with families living abroad. On top of that, all Telstra mobile plans come with data-free Apple Music streaming, access to Telstra Air, and data-free sport streaming for the biggest sport codes in the country.
Get a GigaBonus from Telstra!
Enjoy Telstra’s huge data offering + bonus of up to 100GB on top of your data inclusions — only from the nation’s largest mobile network. BYO plans start from $49/mth or get a new phone from $59/mth.
#3 – Amaysim As You Go Plan
Now, this is something a little different. We know there’s a lot of seniors out there who don’t want a mobile phone to makes lots of calls with — but rather, they want one to be ready in case of an emergency, or to carry with them while out and about so they don’t miss an important call. But most mobile plans refresh every month or so, which seems like a waste when you’re not using up the credit. That’s where amaysim’s As You Go mobile plan comes in. You start with $10 of credit, and that credit lasts for 365 days — an entire year. You then pay 15c per minute for any calls you make (but there’s no charge for receiving calls). Perfect for seniors who want a mobile around “just in case”.
Special Offer: Get amaysim’s unlimited 1GB Plan for just $1!
Get unlimited talk and text + 1GB data on the Optus 4G Plus network for only $1/28 days. Use promo code 1FOR1 to receive $9 off — offer ends 31 March 2019.
#4 – Moose Mobile 9 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. The $9/month plan is a terrific value if you make some calls but not that many — you get 200 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 $14/month plan makes the calls unlimited). Now for seniors who want to make international calls to catch up with loved ones, the $29/month plan includes $300 international calls credit.
Best-Value Plans from Moose
Get your money’s worth with Moose Mobile’s range of affordable and high-value plans. No-contract plans start at $9/mth, powered by the Optus 4G network.
#5 – Yomojo 2GB Plan
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 2GB data allowance each month is a nice comfortable amount to play with. Yomojo’s 2GB unlimited plan costs $15.90/month and of course includes unlimited calls and text messages. You can top up your data if you find you need more in the middle of the month, and you can buy an international calling add-on for those times when you’ve got family or friends travelling overseas.
Get the Best Family-Friendly Plans!
Discover the best and most convenient family mobile plans on offer only from Yomojo. Prepaid plans start at $9.90/30 days.
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.