Here's the situation; my dad only has a landline phone, he used to have a cellphone (an iPhone) with Telus, when he had his little business, but he couldn't afford the payments anymore and doesn't have that business . He also doesn't have internet either. He still has his old iPhone though.
He will be going to the hospital for heart surgery, and will likely be in recovery for a couple weeks afterward. He wants a cellphone for when he's in the hospital; as he'll be in the hospital in a different city (Calgary) and he lives in Lethbridge. He basically wants it for just texting, so we would need unlimited texting. He will also be wanting to make phone calls too. He told me "I don't need facebook or anything like that." so he wont need the internet at all on it.
I want to get him a smart phone, or get his old iPhone working again, but I'm worried about when it does updates, it will use Data, right? The cheapest plan I saw was 30$ for 200 minutes of talk time, unlimited texting and 100MB of data per month, and if you go over 100MB they charge you 10$ extra. I don't want to end up with a large data fee. He's not tech savvy so he won't know when it's using the internet or not. The reason I don't want to get him a flip phone, is he wont know how to text with it, or navigate around with it. He knows how to use an iPhone and I bet he could also figure out an android easily enough. Not sure if he would be able to text with a flip phones keys
I guess my question is, what's the best plan for my dad? I'll be paying for it most likely, and I'm not rich, I can bearly pay for my bill, but he really wants one so I'll do it if I can.
Also, if I do end up deciding, can his bill be added to mine every month?
Thank you in advance for whoever takes the time to read this and respond! Sorry for rambling :)