AARP does not directly provide cellphones, but they have a special discount arrangement for members with Consumer Cellular. Consumer Cellular offers prepaid phone plans that are generally lower in cost than those of competitors, but offer less minutes and features.
As of March 2015, prepaid plans for AARP members with Consumer Cellular start at under $10 per month. AARP members get a 5 percent discount on their overall bill and a discount of 30 percent on accessories. They also receive free activation, which normally costs $35.
It is important to note that to get the phone bill under $10 per month, customers have to select the "billed per use" plan, which provides no free minutes. There is an additional charge for each minute used. The most inexpensive plan with free minutes costs $14.25 per month for 250 minutes of talk time. Texts and web data also require an additional monthly fee. The most inexpensive plan for these is an added $2.38 per month for 300 texts and 30 megabytes of web data. Unlimited plans are available for higher amounts.
A December 2013 article in the AARP Bulletin also recommended T-Mobile's JUMP!, Verizon's Edge and AT&T's Next as flexible early upgrade plans.