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Pure TalkUSA's New Senior AddVantage Plans



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
AddVantage 80 $5 80 88 96 104 112 120
AddVantage 250 $10 250 275 300 325 350 375
AddVantage 500 $15 $12.95 500 550 600 650 700 750
AddVantage 1000 $20 $17.95 1000 1100 1200 1300 1400 1500

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.

Related: AT&T and AT&T MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared

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  1. Cricket is way better. 25$ get you unlimited talk and text.

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    1. If you want Unlimited Picture and Video messaging on AT&T for an additional $2, you can get the NEW AT&T GoPhone $30 Unlimited Talk & Text for $27/month using Callingmart 10% discount codes. Cricket Wireless did at one time include the Unlimited Picture & Video Messaging with their $25 Talk & Text Plan. I guess Cricket/AT&T did this to get some Cricket customers to migrate to the NEW $30 GoPhone Plan.

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    2. do you really need unlimited? do you really talk and text that much? if yes, then good for you. for others, puretalk may help cut your costs instead of wasting your money on unlimited crickets.

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  2. If you don't need unlimited, this would work fine. This is a reliable MVNO with good customer service.

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    1. I agree. I recommended my nephew for the Simple 250 plan with 400MB data for $20/month, and they save $10/month now. His Mom can get this discount. PureTalk does not throttle, like some other MVNOs. Very good CS.

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  3. For $24.95 on PT I get 500 minutes and 400 Mb, and now I get the bonus because I am over 55. Spoke to a friendly US-based CS person to set it up. No taxes, fees, or hassles. Works just like they advertise.

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  4. Now if AT&T GoPhone or the MVNO's (Cricket, Puretalk) ever offered roll over data like the AT&T contract phones have it would definitely get more folks interested. AT&T is one of the companies I'd consider as my prepaid phone provider if something happens to my Note 2. Only thing is I'd probably have to go to GSM Nation for a good phone as AT&T's GoPhone's are few that are good and at a good price. The HTC Desire however may be one I'd look at. I'd need at least a 4.7 inch screen due to my impairment in vision.

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    1. AT&T rollover data is not that good to be honest they only let you use data from the previous month and you use your regular data first.

      Example: you have 5 GB of data, and 4 GB left in rollover data. You go through all 5 GB of data for the month on your phone and use 1 GB of your rollover data. Next month you only have 5 GB of data to use, not 8 GB. It's a terrible plan and only helps if you accidentally go over one month not consecutive months.

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  5. I am also a happy PureTalk customer. I have a voice, text, MMS and web data plan that I can use lightly every day for under $20 per month. Excellent AT&T tower coverage and very good customer service.

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