Alright, so let’s get to what I don’t like about the offerings from Jitterbug:
- The only phone offered by the company is incredibly expensive – $147.
- Jitterbug charges a $35 setup fee before you are even able to start talking on the phone. So before you ever make your first call, you’ll have paid almost $200.
- The minutes are very expensive. You’ll pay $10 per month for “emergency only” service. Here’s an important detail you may not know: ANY old cell phone, whether or not it is currently included on an active plan, can make a 911 call. If all you need is a phone for a possible 911 call, you can just ask for any old inactive cell phone to keep handy in case an emergency comes up.
To be fair, the top end of Jitterbug’s pricing structure ($80 per month for 800 minutes, or 10 cents per minute) is not bad. But let’s be honest – anyone talking on a cell phone 800 minutes per month is going to much better off on a post paid plan, and is clearly comfortable with the concept of talking on a cell phone. I don’t understand why Jitterbug would even offer this pricing tier! By definition, it does not fit their target market.
- So, to sum it up, if you haven’t picked up on it yet, Jitterbug is WAY too expensive!
Ok, so what exactly DO I recommend if Jitterbug is not the answer? TracFone. For over a decade now, TracFone has been the largest U.S. provider in the prepaid wireless category. They have a phone and a price point to match a wide variety of needs – including all of those reasonably addressed by Jitterbug. And best of all, the phones are frequently available FOR FREE directly from the company (more on this a little later in the article.
To continue to Page 3 of this article where I compare Jitterbug and TracFone costs, click here.