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!