If you’re a senior or have an older family member with a cell phone, one of the nation’s leading carriers may have a deal for you.
AT&T has launched a new plan for people age 55 and over but there’s a catch: The plan is only available to seniors with a Florida billing address.
While it’s not available to most cell phone users, if you’re a snowbird with a residence in the Sunshine State you could qualify.
But before you sign up, let’s go over some things you need to know about the AT&T Unlimited 55+ Plan.
AT&T Unlimited 55+ Plan: Everything You Need to Know
Here are some features of the AT&T Unlimited 55+ Plan that will allow you to make an informed decision:
- The plan costs $70 a month, not including taxes and fees
- You get unlimited talk and text in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
- You get Spam Risk alerts and fraud blocking
- No hotspot is included
As we’ve come to expect, when it comes to AT&T’s pricing structure the devil is in the details. The company makes two claims in advertising this plan:
- That you can “save up to $40 a month” for a single line
- That you “get one line for $60 or two lines for $80”
The only way you’ll get to these numbers is if you take advantage of discounts that AT&T offers to offset other charges they have packed into the plan.
For more on that, let’s look at the pricing of AT&T’s 55+ Plan to get a breakdown of what you’ll likely be paying:
AT&T 55+ Plan: Charges and Discounts
|Monthly Plan Charge||$70|
|Monthly Per-Device Access Charge||$40|
|Phone Line Discount||– $35|
|Plan Charge Discount||– $5|
|Auto pay and Paperless Billing Discount||– $10|
Of course, you can add one other line to get more discounts, but here’s another thing to note: The auto pay and paperless billing discount won’t kick in until after you’ve paid the full charge on your initial bill plus an access charge per device, according to the terms.
How Do You Get AT&T’s 55+ Plan?
This plan is only available for people who are 55 or older with a Florida billing address. You can’t apply for the plan online. The only way to get it is to visit your local AT&T store to verify your age and place of residence.
You also can’t combine the plan with any other offer. If you’re looking for ways to save and you’re a senior, there is a bare-bones alternative that might work for you.
Another AT&T Plan to Consider
AT&T’s Senior Nation Plan for those 65 and older offers 200 Anytime Minutes and 500 Nights & Weekend Minutes for $29.99 a month.
The thing about the Senior Plan is that it doesn’t work on smartphones, just the basic varieties like flip phones. To sign up, visit an AT&T store or call 1-800-331-0500 or 611 from your AT&T wireless phone.
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