2. Lively - Best Unlimited Plan
What We Like Most:
- No Long-Term Contracts
- Phones Designed for Seniors
- Medical Alert Features
- Flip Phones and Smart Phones Available
Lively offers more than just senior cell phone plans. The two main phone offerings from Lively are the Lively Flip and the Lively Smart. Their handsets are specifically designed with seniors in mind, and we love how they deliver sleek, modern designs that are made for older eyes and hands. Read the full Lively review here.
With large buttons and a backlit keypad, the Lively Flip phone is easy for seniors to use.
Cost: Plans start at $14.99 monthly for 200 minutes and $3.00 monthly for 300 texts. There’s also a $99 one-off fee for the handset and setup.
Calls: The cheapest option offers 200 minutes monthly, whereas the most costly option ($49 monthly) offers unlimited minutes.
Texts: The cheapest option offers 300 texts monthly, and the most costly option ($15 monthly) offers 1500 texts.
Data: The Lively Flip does not support data capabilities.
Contract: With Lively, you can cancel your service plan at any time with no penalties.
Extras: Extras are where the Lively Flip really shines. Each handset comes with the 5Star button users can press to access an emergency call center immediately. The Flip also features a large screen with easy-to-read letters, a flashlight, a camera with built-in flash, and intuitive navigation that’s easier for seniors to follow. And that’s before we get started on the unique health and safety features such as medication management, access to registered nurses and doctors, health tips, automated check-in calls, scheduled wellness calls with a wellness expert, and more. Caregivers can also keep track of their Lively-owning loved ones thanks to alerts and activity logs.
What We Like: We love the dedicated help button and senior-friendly design. Even seniors with tremors, weakness in the hands, or eyesight issues should be able to handle the Flip quite easily.
Ideal For: Seniors who aren’t looking to get online but just want an easy-to-use and affordable option for making calls and sending texts.
Just like the Lively Flip, the Lively Smart was designed to be super easy-to-use for seniors. This is a smartphone that’s smart about helping older adults stay in touch with its easy-to-use design and intuitive navigation.
Cost: Plans start at $14.99 monthly for 200 minutes, $3.00 monthly for 300 texts, and $2.49 for 40 MB of data. There’s also a $149.99 one-off fee for the handset and setup.
Calls: The cheapest option offers 200 minutes monthly, whereas the most costly option ($49.99 monthly) offers unlimited talk and text.
Texts: The cheapest option offers 300 texts monthly, whereas the costliest option ($49.99 monthly) offers unlimited talk and text.
Data: The cheapest option is $2.49 monthly for 40MB of data. The most expensive option is $30 monthly for 2.5GB of data.
Contract: As with the Flip, you can cancel your service plan at any time with no penalties.
Extras: Just like the Lively Flip, Lively Smart comes with a multitude of extras. Each handset comes with a 5Star app users can press to access an emergency call center immediately. The Smart also features a large screen with easy-to-read letters, a flashlight, a camera with built-in flash, talk-to-text capability, a usage meter so seniors can see how much of their plan they’ve used that month, and intuitive list-based navigation that’s easier for seniors to follow. It also has all of the extra health and safety features as the Flip, including alerts and activity logs for caregivers.
What We Like: We love how senior-friendly the Lively Smart is. It’s made for ease of use, and the wealth of health-based extras make it much more than just a phone.
Ideal For: Seniors who want a fully functioning smartphone at a reasonable price.
- No Long-Term Contracts
- Low Initial Cost for Phones
- Two Phones To Choose From
- Plans Start at $14.99/Month
- Phones Limited to Lively Plans
Lively keeps it simple with two phones to choose from. Their plans are competitively priced, the basic plan starting at $14.99/month for either of the phones. Lively is a nationally recognized brand, provides U.S.-based customer service and cancel-anytime service agreements.