I want to know about a seniors plan

  • 1
  • Question
  • Updated 3 weeks ago
  • Answered
Do you have a seniors plan?
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb

Posted 3 months ago

  • 1
Photo of Allan

Allan, Mobile Master

  • 61,880 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
By seniors plans do you mean a seniors discount or a plan that has limited usage?
There are no seniors discounts.
You can get a prepaid plan with unlimited texting for $15.
Photo of Dinh

Dinh, Mobile Master

  • 41,352 Points 20k badge 2x thumb
hi Bryan,
I don't think Koodo have a plan specifically for seniors. However, depending on your need, you might find something that suits you.
Photo of BobTheElectrician

BobTheElectrician

  • 67,058 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
If you are thinking about something like a Doro EasyPhone with a minimal plan such as ConsumerCellular offers in the US, you are out of luck in Canada entirely.

You might be better off buying a mid-range Android phone from Koodo with a prepaid plan with pay-as-you-go for minutes if you are thinking of the traditional "emergency" phone. There are a number of "simple" interfaces that can be added to the phone to make it easier to use for seniors.

Experience has shown that once people get involved with pictures, messaging, facetime etc. the "I don't want to deal with technology" mantra falls to the wayside very quickly.
(Edited)
Photo of Mats

Mats

  • 21,302 Points 20k badge 2x thumb
There are no plans/discounts specifically for seniors. I don't know why you were recommended the prepaid texting only plan for $15. That might not be even close to what you are looking for. What are you looking for as far as your mobile usage? Once you say then we can recommend instead of guessing what you want.
Photo of Allan

Allan, Mobile Master

  • 61,880 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
Most people looking for something for seniors are looking for phones and phone plans that are the cheapest and do the least. (At least from my experience)
So I mentioned the cheapest plan the Koodo sells.

Might not be what they are looking for but it was just a suggestion? I also asked what they meant along with my suggestion so I'm not sure what the need for this comment was other than to bash mine:(
(Edited)
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
I would guess its all about the money???s
Photo of Allan

Allan, Mobile Master

  • 61,880 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
You would guess what's all about the money?
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
I just thought there might be a plan for the people on seniors fixed income I have figured out there is none so I will just keep on going without. 
Thank you 
Photo of David

David, Mobile Master

  • 91,668 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
Most of the working world is on a fixed income. Few have the ability to charge more for the effort they expend, nor are they able to arbitrarily increase their hours. Most do not see annual cost of living increases, either. Thus, the only opportunity (also available to Seniors) is to work a second job.
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
No thank you I an 71.
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
So don't lower the cost just get a second job to pay you the money.As I have said, It is all about the money, Thanks anyway. I guess no phones for us. Ok, we never had them before these phones were invented. 
Photo of Goran

Goran, Mobile Master

  • 96,868 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
Technically prepaid would fit that bill I guess for people on fixed incomes. What's your budget if I may ask? By fixed income I presume you mean pensions / life savings so prepaid would ensure you don't spend more than the baseline. Maybe we can help you find something that works then.
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
CPP Canada is what we are on, and the gas just want up 7cents per L 
All we want is a cost-conscious phone, be able to take a few pictures and call each other I need be as in -where are you and when will you arrive here? At one time you could make a call for 10 cents, they are gone.and now that the CPP is all we try to live on.What I make now for the month I used to make in 1 week.
Photo of Allan

Allan, Mobile Master

  • 60,242 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
Virgin mobile has a pure pay per use plan:
http://www.virginmobile.ca/en/plans/details.html#!/prepaid/perminute
$0.40/minute, $0.30/text

That can add up quickly though if you use it enough throughout the month.
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
They are the most expensive.
Photo of Goran

Goran, Mobile Master

  • 94,870 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
Ok so what are you willing to spend month? You can buy a good use smartphone for under 100 used. I've sen moto g4 plays, which are perfectly good budget phones, for 50 bucks on Kijiji.
With Koodo you're spending 15 a month for unmixed texting and you can talk for 5 cents a minute at 25 dollar top up increments that don't expire. There's Petro-Canada mobility with no monthly cost save 911 and 30 cents a minute for talk.

You can get 3gb for 15 dollars a month data only from Virgin or Fido and use a voip App for talk and text. They're extremely easy to use and look just like a regular dealer. I use Fongo as a secondary number and it works great. Others use text now and there more even. They give you a Canadian number. Then you would only spend 15 a month total. Doesn't get much cheaper than that.

The CRTC is mandating carrier provide lower cost data only plans but it remains to be seen how much less they will be. Time will tell.
Photo of TJ Smith

TJ Smith

  • 4,472 Points 4k badge 2x thumb
Public Mobile is offering :
10$/30day
- 50 mins Canada-Wide
- 50 Outgoing Txt
- Unlin Incoming Txt
- Voicemail & Call display

https://www.publicmobile.ca/en/qc/plans/10for50talk50text
Photo of TJ Smith

TJ Smith

  • 4,472 Points 4k badge 2x thumb
Koodo could bonify the 15$ prepaid with:
- 50 mins Province-Wide 

I'm sure I lot of seniors would fine if okay for their usage. It's more for emergency then anything else. 
Photo of David

David, Mobile Master

  • 91,668 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
Telus prepaid. For low volume users either their $10 / month 50 minutes/50 texts, or the $15 / month 100 minutes/100 texts may work for you. Easily changeable at any time.

Phones are often available from kids, grandkids or those of neighbours at bargain rates.
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
OK Thank you I will rake a break now and figure this out.
Thank you
Photo of Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

  • 170 Points 100 badge 2x thumb
I will take a break
Photo of Jen Fryreyesonly

Jen Fryreyesonly

  • 60 Points
Does anyone know if the data plan will work on an iPhone? The 15.00 telus plan?  
I just need data for an iPhone 
Photo of Dinh

Dinh, Mobile Master

  • 38,636 Points 20k badge 2x thumb
@Jen, you might want to post the question on Telus community. Telus customers might know more about it than us.
Photo of Allan

Allan, Mobile Master

  • 60,242 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
That would be something to ask the Telus forums, not Koodo. 
https://forum.telus.com/
Photo of srlawren

srlawren

  • 4,132 Points 4k badge 2x thumb
Bryan, you may want to have a look at Zoomer Wireless, which you can find by clicking here:  https://www.zoomerwireless.ca/.  I have no personal experience with them but have heard that they tend to market toward seniors so they may offer you something you find useful.  (Or may not, but only way to know for sure it to check them out.)
Photo of Allan

Allan, Mobile Master

  • 60,412 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
The post is 2 months old. Its the guy above who made the newest comment. (Just in case you didnt notice. Good advice none the less.)
Photo of srlawren

srlawren

  • 4,132 Points 4k badge 2x thumb
@Allan.  Ooops.  I'm forever giving people grief for doing just that in the Public Mobile community, and here I go and pull this rookie oopsie.  LOL.  Thanks for the heads up, I'll try to be more careful.
Photo of Allan

Allan, Mobile Master

  • 60,412 Points 50k badge 2x thumb
Hahahha no worries, just thought I'd let you know since your more active then the average guy who does it. Like I said, still good advice that other people can look at in the future!