The mobile phone is pretty much an essential thing to have around these days. A mobile gives you a backup phone in case your home phone has an outage, a means of family and friends reaching you by text message, and can be an invaluable thing to have around whenever you’re out and about.
What are the best Senior-friendly Mobile Plans for you?
There are so many choices there in the mobile market these days it’s overwhelming, but if you’re a budget-conscious senior looking for a mobile plan that suits your lifestyle and budget, there are some real bargains to be found.
Perhaps surprisingly, there’s very little in the way of Senior Card discounts on mobile plans for Pensioners – even Telstra restricts their discounts to home phone services (where you can have things like line rental or bill fees waived). One of the only mobile providers to offer a specific Seniors Card discount is Vodafone, who offer 10% off on select mobile plans, but thanks to all the competition in the market there’s a wealth of choice no matter what your needs are.
Let’s take a look at the different uses that seniors may have for a mobile phone service – and find the best deals for each one.
What are the best mobile plans if you want to make lots of calls?
Maybe you’ve decided to ditch the home phone, or maybe you’d just like to be able to sit outside enjoying life and be able to make phone calls whenever you want without being tied to the phone cord.
When it comes to BYO plans with unlimited calls at great prices, much-respected company Southern Phone has long been the champion in the field – and for $9 per month you can get their cheapest unlimited plan, which offers unlimited calls to anywhere in Australia, as well as unlimited text messages – all backed up by the reliable Optus 4G Plus network. The plan comes with 1GB of data – just enough for casual use like email and web browsing if you’re using a smartphone. For only $9 on a 12-month lock contract, Southern Phone’s X Small plan is a must-have.
What are the best plans if you want unlimited calls AND use lots of data?
If you’ve embraced the smartphone to the point where, like millions, you do everything from web browsing to music and video streaming to photo uploading via your device, you’re probably looking for a plan with a nice large data allowance – but with unlimited calls as well, of course! Perhaps you also want to use your phone as a portable wireless modem for your computer, too. Competition in this field has really heated up in recent times, and one of the most eager competitors has been Moose Mobile, whose SIM-only plans really kick into a high-data mode when you look above the entry level. For $27.80 per month, you can get 15GB of data – more than enough for most people – or for $46.80 you can have a whopping 40GB. If you don’t mind signing up for 12 months, you can even increase the 40GB allowance to 80GB for $46 monthly fee!
However, if you’re only after unlimited calls and texts, Moose offers the 2.5GB plan at $14.80/month. The data allowance included is generous enough for your day-to-day internet browsing.
What are the Cheapest Mobile Plans for Seniors and Pensioners?
If you’re wanting a mobile to keep around in case of emergencies, you’re not going to need to worry too much about the amount of included calls on a plan. But you’re also not going to want to be spending money every month paying for a service that mostly just sits there unused.
That’s where Telstra’s prepaid 365-day expiry plans come in – and they’re almost unique in their combination of low price and long expiry. For $70 you can get the Long Life Plus prepaid plan, which gives you $70 of credit that lasts for a full year. That’s right – if you’re just having that phone around for receiving calls – or even to make the occasional short call – you can keep that phone active for the equivalent of less than $2 per week!
What plans include a new Phone?
Here’s a tip: buy your phone outright. A wander into any of the mobile companies’ shops will reveal a huge range of phones you can buy to suit your budget – obviously smartphones are more of a price investment, but prepaid mobile phone plans are so good these days (and so much more flexible) that it’s far better to be in charge of your own phone and be able to take it where you want. And if you’re not going to be web browsing and video streaming, get a phone that’s just a phone – they’re incredibly cheap (even your local supermarket sells them) and reliable, and the battery on them can last for days before needing a charge.
One thing’s for sure – if you’re looking for great value in