3 Ways Boomers Should Upgrade Their Tech Now

(StatePoint) For the roughly 90 million people over age 55 in the U.S., making timely upgrades to their tech is one of the easiest ways to stay vital, active and connected.

Here are three important ways boomers and other older adults should upgrade their technology now:

A High-Tech Car

Today’s latest technologies can make driving safer, more comfortable and more connected. While you may not think a smart car is for you, the upgraded safety features are something to consider.  For example, certain new model cars include collision avoidance systems, which help avoid collisions in near-accident situations, or road scanning, which adjusts your car’s suspension to account for imperfections in the road ahead. What’s more, a host of connected smartphone apps make it easy to perform tasks distraction-free like requesting roadside assistance, remembering where you parked the vehicle, managing in-car entertainment hands-free, and scoring the most affordable deals on gas along your route.

You may not be in the market for a new car right now, but at the very least, consider checking out some of the latest and greatest car apps, many of which are free, allowing you to upgrade your driving experience without spending a dime.

New Wireless Plan

You need a phone plan that can keep up with your lifestyle, which means it may be time to switch to one that doesn’t skimp on data or connectivity. Unfortunately, many of the plans out there designed for those aged 55-plus are dumbed-down “senior” plans that fall short with weekday and weeknight minutes, device limitations and high price tags.

Bucking the trend, T-Mobile offers a host of plan options that are exclusively for those aged 55 plus (just flash your ID!). First up, for the budget conscious, T-Mobile’s Essentials Unlimited 55 plan is the Un-carrier’s best deal ever at just $55 plus tax with AutoPay for two lines of unlimited talk, text and high-speed data. Essentials Unlimited 55 gives you the necessities you need -- like unlimited talk, text and high-speed smartphone data along with unlimited 3G hotspot, weekly discounts and free stuff from T-Mobile Tuesdays, the best customer care in wireless with a dedicated Team of Experts and free scam protection to fight robocalls. For those customers aged 55 and older who want more out of their plan, Magenta Unlimited 55 is just $70 a month with Autopay for two lines -- taxes and fees included -- and gives customers everything included in Essentials Unlimited 55, plus a 3GB high-speed hotspot, free 2G data and texting abroad in over 210 destinations, 5GB of high-speed data in Mexico and Canada, and 1-hour of free Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi and free texting on domestic flights.

For more information, visit t-mobile.com.

New Smartphone

Do you spend a lot of time FaceTiming with kids away at college or grandkids in another state? Do you travel often and love digitally capturing your memories? Consider a smartphone upgrade. The latest iPhone Pro from Apple features a new triple-camera system that includes an Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto camera, delivering huge improvements to low-light photography with Night mode and the highest quality video in a smartphone.

A new smartphone often means faster charging and longer battery life to help you stay active and reduce downtime, whether you’re on a road trip or out for the day with friends. Right now, for a limited time, T-Mobile customers can get 50 percent (or more) off the new iPhone 11 via bill credits with a qualified trade-in. And the new iPhone 11 taps into the Un-carrier’s newest, most powerful signal, 600 MHz, which goes twice as far from the tower and is four times better in buildings than mid-band signals; meaning customers get better coverage in rural areas, hard-to-reach places and deep inside buildings.

Be sure to take advantage of the latest tools and technology that have the power to keep you well-traveled, better connected and more secure. (Sponsored by T-Mobile).

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