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AT&T now offers a plan for seniors

Discussion in 'AT&T Wireless Forum' started by Fire14, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy Senior Member

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    Following VZW, AT&T Mobility targets seniors with new calling plan

    AT&T Mobility launched a service offering tailored to seniors, following a similar recent move by Verizon Wireless.

    The new AT&T Senior Nation 200 plan includes 200 anytime minutes, 500 off-peak calling minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling for $30 per month. The company said the new plan, available starting today, is “the perfect wireless option for those whose wireless lifestyle no longer requires large bundles of minutes.” Proof of age is required in order to purchase the plan, which is targeted at customers ages 65 and older.

    Wireless companies have taken new interest in products for seniors, with penetration rates high among other segments of the population. Verizon Wireless introduced a plan in September that catered to those 65 and older; the single-line plan is mirrored by AT&T Mobility’s offer, and Verizon Wireless also offers a two-line plan option with 450 shared anytime minutes and 1,000 shared off-peak calling for $60 per month, and can be used with a handset with special features for seniors, including larger font sizes for menus and highly visible buttons.

    Mobile virtual network operator Jitterbug also targets the elderly market segment.

    Following VZW, AT&T Mobility targets seniors with new calling plan - RCR Wireless News
     
  2. Andy

    Andy Diamond Senior Member Senior Member

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    Can AT&T not come up with anything on their own these days?
     
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    And why is it that they won't allow anyone else who's not age eligible from getting these plans? I guess I must be a real old-timer since I remember most all the companies offered $20 plans with not many minutes on them for those who were not heavy users.
     
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    Jay2TheRescue Resident Spamslayer Super Moderator Senior Member

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    Yeah, but that was only 8 years ago.

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    the old timers get a break.
     
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    Because some marketing honcho would like you to believe that your "wireless lifestyle" depends on your age and nothing else :loony:
     
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    Not really. T-Mobile as late as a couple years ago offered a $20 plan with 60 anytime minutes with 500 weekend minutes.

    T-Mobile still offers a $30 plan with 300 anytime minutes and unlimited weekends. They did offer this same plan with 500 text messages or 300 text messages plus 1 MB of data.

    This plan (the $30 plan) is still available though it is not listed as a plan on their web site. They (like the others used to) would prefer that you get a $40 plan. They really would prefer though that you get a $60 per month plan. $40 is the "norm" now.
     
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    I liked Cingulars original reason for doing away with the plan. To simplify things for customers, they went from nine plans to six plans.
     
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    I highly doubt that they took away lower end plans to simplify things for customers, but rather for their own bottom line.
     
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    So funny I just switched my PAYG plan to the $30 PYP today to hopefully get more roaming/ data roaming in my area. I would jump on this plan if it was available to everyone just to get a break on a new or refurb phone/device.
     
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    Andy Diamond Senior Member Senior Member

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    How come you don't list AT&T in your profile? :browani:

    How are Data services on Sprint working out for you?
     
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    budney Resident Headbanger Super Moderator Senior Member

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    I just got it not to long ago, and not sure if I am going to keep it if I can't use/test data around town. Data on Sprint is great! They still need to activate EVDO in the southern part of Bullhead all the way to Needles. Even with 1X speed test come back between 100-125 kbps. :)
     
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    Ha! To simplify things. The reason they did it was to make people take plans that were better for their bottom line. Taking away cheap plans and making the $40 or $50 or $60 plan is "simpler" so you can't take cheap plans. The alternative is a prepaid plan where for $30 you get no minutes at all except perhaps within the carrier.
     
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    We are talking about having this available for people with normally lower incomes so they can have a Cell phone. Yes it's a way to make a few more bucks, but it does make it easier for seniors to have one.
    If you look at it thru the AARP, that is what they do is try to make things cheaper for seniors on services.
    Go to the movies or out to eat, they offer discounts to seniors, does this mean everyone should pay the same for these too?

    This is what Cingular said when they changed their plans, that it was to make things easier for the customers.
    If that's the case, then maybe they need to make their data plans simplified as well. We know it was to get rid of the cheaper plans, but it did make it easier on the choices when they did get rid of some of the middle priced/min plans.
     
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    Everyone knew this, but their excuse was so lame it was funny. Also, I am a sarcastic person, (even though it can be hard to tell in a forum setting) so what I really meant was I thought it was pathetic and disgusting!!!
     
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    In 2001 and 2002, my plan was 250 minutes for $29.99. This included 1,500 (I believe) off-peak minutes....and did not include mobile to mobile. This was a normal offered plan six years ago......hmmmm, something doesn't smell right here! :headscrat
     
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    Hey, you are right, so did I. I had forgotten about it. I switched to my now plan in 2004.

    Lol, I don't know about that, I do my sarcasm pretty well in a forum setting. :D
     
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    Haha, got ya. Well once we get to know you better we will have no problem sensing your sarcasm. :D
     
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    Shizam76 Shizam! Babyyyyy! Senior Member

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    Wow..you were on the same plan? That was back when I didn't talk much. Now I am lucky to have any of the 1400 minutes left :eek: well...my wife uses them too :rolleyes:

    You? Sarcastic? Never!! ;) :biggrin:
     
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    I signed up with Cingular on a Thursday in February of 2005. My plan then, and now, was 250 minutes with 1,000 night and weekend. I know it was a Thursday because I signed up early because Cingular was going to drop the plan to 200 anytime minutes that weekend.

    So it was really just two and a half years ago that Cingular offered a $29.99 plan to everybody that was actually better than what they are going to offer now.
     
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    Yup, always improving.

    My sarcasm got me banned from another forum. I forgot which one though.
     
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    I am 62 and retired so in most cases I fit and get the senior citizen discounts. In my opinion the plan as described really doesn't really excite me.

    1. Many seniors, particularly older ones who live alone, get one or more calls a day from their children. Although the question asked is "How are you doing Mom/Dad?" I think you know what the real question being asked is. Consequently a good senior citizen plan would include something like Alltel's MyCircle. Maybe 4 or 5 numbers that could be called or calls could be received from without being charged to any bucket.

    2. For a retired person there is no distinction between days of the week and weekends. Also, many older people, actually go to bed quite early and get up very early. Consequently the night minutes are not that valuable, plus try to explain to some 80 year olds why there is a difference between call types. So I would propose that a simple bucket 500-700 anytime minutes would be more valuable.

    Just my $.02 worth and maybe this is asking for too much. However I do get my coffee for $.75 a cup at McDonalds every morning, with free refills, and you young wipper snappers are paying about $1.10.
     
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    Yes, I certainly did, although I think as NFRabbit posted, it may have been 1000 NW not 1500 now that I think about it.

    True, me sarcastic never. :D
    Wow, you got banned from a forum and you don't remember which one? Very Interesting.
     
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    What were the other plans?

    I remember the:

    30/250, and the 50/600. That only makes a total of eight. What am I missing??

    ::SHAKES HEAD::
     
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    You can't remember which board you got banned from? Geez I would think that would be something I would remember.
     
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    Ahhh! It was 1,000 NW....Man it was so long ago
     

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