Seniors Wireless, a subsidiary of Sprint (NYSE: S) MVNO Emveno, is offering a telemedicine service geared toward the 55-plus age group that provides unlimited 24-hour access to board-certified doctors from their wireless or landline phones.
The service, called TeleMED Assist, lets subscribers speak or videoconference with a medical practitioner who can evaluate, refer and prescribe on the spot, for the cost of about $1 per day. To access the service, subscribers click on the TeleMED Assist button on the Seniors Wireless app or call directly. An agent will then connect the caller to a doctor within two minutes. Members can request assistance as many times as they like and talk as long as they want.
Seniors Wireless offers a variety of plans, including an unlimited plan that provides unlimited calling, SMS and 500 MB of data for $30 a month. The cheapest plan offers 250 MB of data for $5 a month. The service works with the iPhone 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and S5.
Seniors Wireless isn't the only MVNO targeting the 55-plus crowd. MVNO Great Call, which operates on the Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) network, has been targeting seniors for several years with its popular Jitterbug phone and 5Star Alert service. All GreatCall smartphones have the 5Star app, which enables immediate access to an agent who is trained in emergency protocols such as CPR and dispatching 911 services.
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