10 Best Cell Phones For seniors Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Getting older has its benefits, especially if you’re looking to save some money on your wireless cell-phone service. In early May, Sprint rolled out a new offer for people 55 and up, countering a deal unveiled last August by T-Mobile. Both provide two phone lines with unlimited talk, text, and data for $80 per month. That’s a savings of roughly $30 to $50. Verizon has created a discount plan geared toward mature adults, too.

Why the sudden interest? Well, the market is clearly expanding. While smartphone use among seniors still lags behind that of the younger population, 42 percent of people older than 65 own a smartphone, up from 18 percent in 2013, according to a 2017 Pew Research study.

Top 10 Cell Phones For Seniors

Bestseller No. 1
Jitterbug Flip Easy-to-Use Cell Phone for Seniors (Red) by GreatCall
1330 Reviews
Jitterbug Flip Easy-to-Use Cell Phone for Seniors (Red) by GreatCall
  • BIG BUTTONS and large, legible numbers and make dialing effortless; simple "Yes" and "No" menu buttons make...
  • POWERFUL SPEAKER ensures every conversation will be loud and clear.
Bestseller No. 2
Easyfone Prime A1 3G Unlocked Senior Flip Cell Phone, Big Button Hearing Aids Compatible Easy-to-Use...
150 Reviews
Easyfone Prime A1 3G Unlocked Senior Flip Cell Phone, Big Button Hearing Aids Compatible Easy-to-Use...
  • Classic flip design, Flip to answer calls; Big button for easy dialing, Big Volume for easy hearing and with...
  • 2.4'' HD Main Display+1.44'' External colorful screen, Big Font & Big Icon for easy viewing; 2.0MP camera,...
Bestseller No. 3
Snapfon ezTWO Senior Unlocked GSM Cell Phone, SOS Button, Hearing Aid Compatible
1266 Reviews
Snapfon ezTWO Senior Unlocked GSM Cell Phone, SOS Button, Hearing Aid Compatible
  • Senior cell phone features include: speaking keypad, big buttons, enhanced volume and numbers in 28 point...
  • Talk time 3-5 hours, standby 90-120 hours. No accidental dialing with lock/unlock keypad switch.
Bestseller No. 4
Jitterbug Smart2 No-Contract Easy-to-Use 5.5” Smartphone for Seniors by GreatCall, Black
119 Reviews
Jitterbug Smart2 No-Contract Easy-to-Use 5.5” Smartphone for Seniors by GreatCall, Black
  • LARGE TOUCHSCREEN makes it even easier to read. The 13.0 megapixel built-in camera with flash has easy-to-use...
  • SIMPLE MENU organized in a single list with large letters and icons makes it easy to navigate. Our simplest...
Bestseller No. 5
My Samsung Galaxy S6 for Seniors
59 Reviews
Bestseller No. 6
Moto G6 – 32 GB – Unlocked (AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile/Verizon) – Black - Prime Exclusive Phone
569 Reviews
Moto G6 – 32 GB – Unlocked (AT&T/Sprint/T-Mobile/Verizon) – Black - Prime Exclusive Phone
  • Pre-installed selection of Amazon apps, including the Amazon Widget, Amazon Shopping, and Amazon Alexa. Prime...
  • Amazon Alexa: Double press the power button when your phone is unlocked to just ask, and Alexa will respond....
Bestseller No. 7
Easyfone Prime A1 3G Unlocked Senior Flip Cell Phone, Big Button Hearing Aids Compatible Easy-to-Use...
150 Reviews
Easyfone Prime A1 3G Unlocked Senior Flip Cell Phone, Big Button Hearing Aids Compatible Easy-to-Use...
  • Classic flip design, Flip to answer calls; Big button for easy dialing, Big Volume for easy hearing and with...
  • 2.4'' HD Main Display+1.44'' External colorful screen, Big Font & Big Icon for easy viewing; 2.0MP camera,...
Bestseller No. 8
Easyfone Prime A3 Big Button Senior Unlocked Cell Phone, Easy-to-Use Big Size Big Volume Cell Phone...
74 Reviews
Easyfone Prime A3 Big Button Senior Unlocked Cell Phone, Easy-to-Use Big Size Big Volume Cell Phone...
  • Big size for easy holding, Big button and speak function for easy dialing, Big Volume for easy hearing and...
  • Oversized and useful cradle charger, To charge, simply slide Prime A3 into the cradle charger.
Bestseller No. 9
Mosthink Unlocked Cell Phones for Seniors, Compatible AT&T Cell Phone for Elderly, Basic Phone for...
20 Reviews
Mosthink Unlocked Cell Phones for Seniors, Compatible AT&T Cell Phone for Elderly, Basic Phone for...
  • COMPATIBILITY - Our unlocked senior cell phones work on AT&T (3G) and T-Mobile (2G), Cricket, Metro PCS, etc....
  • BIG BUTTONS - Each button of this cell phone for seniors is wide, separated and with raised mark, make it easy...
Bestseller No. 10
The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of Jit
14 Reviews
The Jitterbugs: Pioneers of Jit
  • Indie Rights (05/17/2015)
  • Running time: 57 min

Simple Phones for Every Age

Everyone needs to be connected. Seniors, who may be isolated from their families or have specific health needs, shouldn’t be left out. While the smartphone industry, by and large, isn’t thinking about the particular needs of the senior market, if you pay attention you can find carriers, phones, and services that are tailored to folks who’d prefer a streamlined, easy-to-use, simple phone experience.

Our list includes some voice phones, some general-purpose smartphones, and one smartphone with a physical keyboard. The BlackBerry Key2, Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XR, Moto E5 Plus, and Snapfon are all available unlocked, so they can be paired with any compatible carrier; the others are typically sold in carrier-specific versions.

Senior-Specific Carriers

Two wireless carriers specialize in the senior market: GreatCall, which markets its phones as Jitterbug, and Consumer Cellular. GreatCall uses the Verizon network, and Consumer Cellular uses the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Of the two, GreatCall has more specialized features for those who need health monitoring: an urgent response button, 24/7 access to nurses, and connected medical alert devices.

GreatCall’s Jitterbug Flip is a simple (yet solid) flip phone that currently works on Verizon’s 3G network and will get a software upgrade to make calls on Verizon’s 4G LTE network when the 3G network shuts down at the end of 2019. GreatCall also sells a simplified smartphone, but we really prefer the Flip.

Senior Phones on Standard Carriers

Many seniors want voice-only devices, and the major wireless carriers still carry some simple phones. You need to be smart about which simple phones you pick up, though, because of major changes coming in the carriers’ networks. All four of the major carriers have focused their energies on building 4G LTE networks. Although they’ve pledged to keep their existing networks up until at least 2019, the smart choice is to go with a voice phone that supports voice over 4G LTE. There are other benefits, as well.

Seniors looking for smartphones may prefer large, affordable devices with lower-resolution screens, so icons and touch targets are larger and easier to hit. There, we like the Moto E5 series, which is available in various forms on various carriers. Those phones all feature big screens, affordable prices, and solid battery life.

Prepaid Carriers for Senior Phones

Seniors on fixed incomes may want to check out our story on The Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans You Never Heard Of, which features a lot of low-cost virtual carriers—prepaid carriers that use the major carriers’ networks, but tend to charge a lot less per month for basic service than the major carriers do. If you’re looking for limited, voice-only plans, you can get them on a range of carrier networks for around $10 per month.

Those plans usually require that you bring your own unlocked, compatible phone. That may involve buying a used phone from eBay, for instance. Our favorite new, unlocked voice phone is the Snapfon ezTWO 3G, which works on carriers that use the AT&T 3G network. The Snapfon has big buttons and a loudspeaker. It’s inexpensive, and it can easily be switched between carriers that use the AT&T network such as Red Pocket, Straight Talk, and Consumer Cellular.

AT&T and Others

The remaining carriers do not offer wireless plans specifically designed for seniors. But they often provide discounts to AARP members. AT&T will grant you 10 percent off, for example. At Consumer Cellular, you can get a 5 percent discount. And, while Cricket Wireless won’t cut you a deal on your monthly bill, it will give you a $20 rebate if you buy a new smartphone or accessory via its website or one of its stores.

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