As of 2023, Optimum provides cable services to over 2 million homes; however, the telecommunications company now offers cellular service. By contracting with T-Mobile, Optimum now provides cellular service for as low as $15 per line.
Although Optimum does not offer a specific discounted plan for seniors, for those who currently subscribe to their cable or internet service, Optimum Mobile can be a highly affordable option.
Optimum Mobile Plans for Seniors
Optimum does not offer any special plan discounts for seniors at this time. However, we think that their 1 GB plan is an ideal option for most seniors. This plan costs $15 per month for one line, and it includes unlimited talk and text as well as 1 GB of data. While this is not enough data for those who frequently stream video or music, this plan would be ideal for those who primarily use data in their homes on a Wi-Fi connection.
How to Purchase Optimum Mobile
New and existing customers can sign up for Optimum Mobile online, in-store, or by phone. However, signing up online is the simplest and fastest option. On their website, you can view each of their plans, and pair them with either a new device or one that you currently have.
If you choose to purchase a new device, you will be presented with a wide range of choices, including Apple, Samsung, and Motorola phones. The cost of a phone can be added to your monthly mobile plan or purchased outright. Be sure to check out what deals Optimum is currently offering on their devices before making a purchase.
Optimum Mobile Pricing
For cellular service, Optimum has set rates based on the specific mobile plan you choose. For their unlimited data plans, you can get each line at a discounted rate when purchasing multiple lines.
When purchasing a new phone line from Optimum, you will be charged a one-time fee of $20 to initiate service for each line on your plan. Plans from Optimum Mobile require no long-term contracts, so you can cancel the service at any time. AutoPay, where your payments will be automatically deducted from your debit or credit card each month, is required for all plans.
If you are looking to call outside the U.S., Optimum has four international plans ranging from $20-$60 a month. If you're traveling internationally, you can add a Daily Travel Pass or Weekly Travel Pass to your plan. Based on location, pass prices range from $10-$35 per day and $40-$100 per week.
Optimum Mobile Network Coverage
Optimum Mobile uses T-Mobile 4G LTE and 5G networks, so you will have access to nationwide coverage. As the country's largest cellular network, T-Mobile’s coverage is accessible to 99 percent of Americans.
That said, although their mobile service works throughout the country, Optimum Mobile is only available for purchase in the following states:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
Optimum Mobile vs. T-Mobile
Although both plans use T-Mobile's network, Optimum Unlimited is slightly more expensive than T-Mobile’s senior plans; that is, unless you want to bundle your internet and mobile plans. In addition, there is no guarantee that Optimum's fees won't increase in the future.
||T-Mobile Essentials 55+
||$30 per line for 2 lines $45 for one line
||$27.50 per month
||Must be 55+
Fast-downloading 5G options, nationwide coverage, simplified plans, and no contracts are just some of the appealing features of Optimum Mobile. As compared to its competitors, however, Optimum's pricing and offerings fall somewhere in the middle (unless you bundle internet and mobile services).
For seniors, we’d recommend subscribing to one of T-Mobile’s senior plans, which cost less and offer greater international coverage.