The mobile phone is pretty much an essential thing to have around these days, regardless whether you’re a senior who loves travelling or someone who’s just enjoying the relaxation of retirement at home. 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.
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.
You just want to receive calls, not make them
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
Seniors Plans with Telstra Mobile
Connect to the largest network in Australia with great value plans that come with bonus data & live sports streaming. SIM only plans start from only $49/mth.
But wait – there’s some competition arriving for that 365-day crown! amaysim offers a basic “As You Go” plan for $10 – credit that lasts a full year. Obviously on these low-cost plans you’d want to be someone who doesn’t intend to make calls at all – though you can top up with higher amounts if you think you’ll need to.
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 Exetel has long been the champion in the field – and for $8.99 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 2GB of data – more than enough for casual use like email and web browsing if you’re using a smartphone. For under $10 with no lock-in contract, Exetel’s $8.99 mobile plan is a must-have.
Switch & Save with Exetel Mobile
Save up on your mobile with Exetel’s range of affordable plans. SIM-only plans start from $8.99/mth, comes with unlimited calls & text, 2GB data, and no lock-in contract.
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 Yomojo, whose prepaid plans really kick into
However, if you’re only after unlimited calls and texts, Yomojo offers the 2GB plan at $15.90/month. The data allowance included is generous enough for your day-to-day internet browsing. Family bundles are available, too. This means you can enroll up to six plans into one account and get a discount of up to 15% per month.
Seniors Plans with Yomojo Mobile
Get senior and family-friendly plans with Yomojo’s prepaid plans powered by the Optus 4G network. Plans start at $9.90/30days and come with no lock-in contract.
What About the 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