AT&T MVNO Pure TalkUSA has some new plans targeted at senior citizens. Called Senior AddVantage plans and only available to those of us 55 years and older, they are basically Pure Talk's Simple plans with the addition of loyalty bonus minutes. The plans' minutes allowance is increased by 10% after each of first 5 months of a customer's service. After 6 months the bonus stops increasing but users keep getting 50% more minutes for as long as they remain on the plan. The table below should make things a little clearer.
|Plan||Monthly Cost||Month 1 Minutes||Month 2 Minutes||Month 3 Minutes||Month 4 Minutes||Month 5 Minutes||Minutes Going Forward|
Text messages on the AddVantage plans are charged at a third of a minute each so the bonus applies to texts too. Data and MMS can be added to any AddVantage plan at 9.95/month for 200 MMS and 400 MB of data or 1 GB/ 400 MMS for $19.90. Unused add-on data and MMS expires after 30 days.
Pure Talk SIMs are free, plan prices include all taxes and fees. Support is US based. The only payment option is auto-pay using a credit or debit card.
It looks like sign ups for the AddVantage plans are on the honor system, you simply have to enter your birth date to qualify. For non-seniors, Pure Talk USA has a number of other plans, click here for my summary or visit the Pure Talk site for more details.
For a limited time, Pure Talk is giving customers a $15 credit if they sign up for a Flex, Family or Senior AddVantage plan and purchase a $50 Logix X1 Android Jellybean phone. I have my doubts about that phone however. It's from a manufacturer I've never heard of, Logic Mobility and has a 3.5" screen and only 256 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. 256 MB of RAM is awfully low and I'm afraid the phone will be very sluggish. But PureTalk SIMs are free and work with any AT&T phone or unlocked GSM phone.
Update 5/21/15: AddVantage 500 and 1000 plans prices lowered to $12.95 and $17.95 respectively.
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