The best broadband deals for Seniors

If you want to have wifi at home, you’ll need to either ask your neighbour/building for their password, or get your own – and we’ve got some deals on broadband for seniors that could save you money.

To do this, you’ll need a broadband connection. This is effectively the internet ‘pipe’ into your home, before a gadget called a router converts the internet into wifi, so that your phone, tablet and other gadgets can connect.

You’ll also need to decide what speed to get.

We’ve got a guide here that tells you everything you need to know about internet speeds, but in a nutshell, look for at least 25Mbps if you want to watch TV or video online.

There are dozens of different providers, and many of them offer special deals for seniors. It’s also worth looking into the Lifeline program, a government scheme to offer discounts of internet and telephone service. Eligible customers get up to $9.25 toward their bill. 

We’ve collected the best broadband deals for seniors below. Many internet providers also provide special internet offers for veterans. If you or your spouse served in the military, you may be eligible for discounts on your connection.

Comcast Internet Essentials

How to order: www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 / 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish / video chat in ASL on their site

  • Comcast’s offer is called Comcast Internet Essentials
  • New customers will receive two free months of Internet service
  • Must apply by June 30, 2020 
  • Includes combined modem & router
  • After 60 days, the cost is $9.95/month + tax
  • Once you are an Internet Essentials customer, you have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price

Spectrum

How to order: Spectrum Internet Assist web site or call 1-855-243-8892

  • New eligible customers get 60 days of internet for free & installation fees waived
  • Includes modem + option to add $5/month for router & WiFi
  • After 60 day period cost is $14.99/month + tax
  • Seniors must be 65+ & eligible for SSI to qualit=fy
  • Service areas in 45 states including NY, CA, & TX

Verizon

How to order: Verizon web site or call 1-800-837-4966

  • Verizon participates in the national Lifeline program, which offers discounted internet access to low-income applicants
  • Service areas include DC, DE, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, and CT
  • If you don’t qualify for the Lifeline program, you can get FiOS internet starting at around $40/month

AT&T

How to order: AT&T or call 855-220-5211

  • The broadband giant is offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020.
  • $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed.
  • It’s also waiving all home internet data overage fees and giving free installation
  • Only up to 10 Mbps.

Altice

How to order: Altice Advantage or call 844-358-3147

  • New customers with a student in the household (K-college) will get 60 days of internet for free & installation fees waived
  • After 60 day period cost is $14.99/month + tax
  • Includes modem & router
  • Discounted installation fee
  • Seniors 65+ & eligible for SSI
  • Service areas include NY, NJ, TX, NC

ViaSat

How to order: Viasat web site or call 855-810-1308

  • Available in some rural areas
  • Participates in the national Lifeline program

CenturyLink

How to order: CenturyLink web site or call 1-855-954-6546

  • Available in some rural areas
  • Participates in the national Lifeline program

HughesNet

How to order: HughesNet web site or call 1-866-347-3292

It’s not the fastest or the best service, and there are no senior discounts.

However, if you live in a rural area, this may be your only option, as it uses a satellite to beam internet to you rather than relying on a physical cable coming into your home.

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