First, choose which is right for you:
Traditional plans from Amazon Wireless
Prepaid Plans from Net10 Wireless or TracFone
A simplified (senior friendly) cell phone and plan from Jitterbug
Unlocked cell phones from our electronics store
Need help choosing? Find help here. You can also browse the most popular cell phones on Amazon below.
Need help choosing? Here are some of the main advantages of each option.
A traditional cell phone plan offers service via major carriers like Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. They offer a larger variety of phones, and those phones are deeply discounted so that the phone is often free. Amazon Wireless offers free 2 day shipping as well. Most traditional plans require the user to commit to a two year contract.
Prepaid plans don't require the user to commit to a plan. There are therefore, no early termination fees and the user can stop using the service at any time. There are also no credit checks. Prepaid plans can be a good way of sticking to a budget. Users purchase minutes and when they expire, the user has to purchase more. It's easy to keep track of usage. The phones are not free in most cases and they aren't discounted either. There are generally many affordable options however. The selection of phones is generally more limited but there are smart phones, multimedia phones, and so forth available. There are even prepaid unlimited plans that are quite affordable. This option is perfect for someone who want to limit their spending and particularly for parents who want to have more control over their kid's phone usage.
Jitterbug is a phone that is designed specifically with the elderly in mind. It's easy to hold, has large, backlit buttons, large font, and has padding around the ear. It offers louder volume, a speakerphone, good screen contrast, one button dialing, and access to live operators. The plans are uncomplicated but are most affordable for those who don't use hundreds of minutes each month.
Unlocked Cell Phones
Unlocked phones come without a plan. The user has to get an appropriate SIM card and select a carrier for the service they want. Some consumers prefer unlocked phones because they aren't tied to one carrier. Of course, the phone must operate on the network type and on the frequencies of the service selected.