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Verizon used to claim that it had the largest cellular network, and for the most part, it delivered. Verizon’s network covered places no other carrier would match. It wouldn’t be unusual to get five bars of service in backwoods mountain towns or see 40 Mbps LTE download speeds in Nowheresville.

However, here in rural Tennessee, our Verizon service has steadily degraded over the past few years, to the point where my service became unusable even in town. Oddly, text messages, which are usually more robust, started failing, causing me to get frustrated calls from my wife, at least when those would work.

When I first moved to Lafayette to be with my wife, Verizon was the only game in town. When we first met, I used AT&T—at the time, the only carrier that offered the iPhone—and over our year-long courtship, I was largely unreachable to friends and family when I visited her. Once we were married, we set up a Verizon family plan. I couldn’t even port over my AT&T number because AT&T wasn’t licensed here.

That has changed recently. As part of its FirstNet initiative, AT&T has been dramatically expanding its coverage, building at least three towers in my county. At some point, we also got T-Mobile service. So now I have options. Meanwhile, my Verizon service got worse and worse, and a new Verizon tower didn’t seem to help much.

Frustrated with Verizon, I wanted to try out the AT&T network, but I wasn’t ready to commit until I saw how it performed. I asked for recommendations on TidBITS Talk, and Robert C. Johnson pointed me to Consumer Cellular, a mobile virtual network operator that piggybacks on the AT&T network. To give it a whirl, I ordered a free SIM card with a temporary number for my iPhone 11 Pro.

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When you order a SIM card, you must enter your iPhone’s IMEI number so Consumer Cellular can make sure your phone isn’t locked to its current carrier. You can find that in Settings > General > About. Also on the About screen, Carrier Lock should indicate if your iPhone has any restrictions.

Consumer Cellular: Everything You Want, Nothing You Don’t

First, I have to point out with some amusement that Consumer Cellular caters to an older crowd. All of its models sport at least a little gray in their hair, and it sells a device called the GrandPad. Consumer Cellular is the opposite of Boost Mobile, which merged with Virgin Mobile last year and aggressively markets to a young, hip crowd. Although there’s likely no distinction in the actual service between such companies, marketing and support could be cringe-inducing if you’re not in the target demographic. Personally, I’ll take earnest grayness over slangy enthusiasm—I just want reliable cellular service and responsive tech support.

Steve Buscemi with a hat and skateboard asking "How do you do, fellow kids?"

Consumer Cellular marketing continues the focus by getting to the point. I’m tired of corporate social media feeds bragging about how they’re redefining what it means to make a phone call or how we’re all “in this together.” Consumer Cellular sticks to phones and phone accessories. The company’s Twitter feed links to helpful articles from Android Authority, CNET, Fast Company, and other respectable outfits (sadly, not TidBITS yet) that help customers make the most of their phones. The focus and lack of “special messages” are refreshing.

You can buy an iPhone through Consumer Cellular, either up front or through a payment program. It sells all the iPhones in Apple’s current lineup, or you can get a free SIM card to install in an existing iPhone (recent iPhones can work across carriers that use different cellular technologies, unlike in the past).

Consumer Cellular's iPhone lineup

Consumer Cellular has a 30-day money-back guarantee. I canceled my first line because I was ready to port my number, and thanks to a June special, I ended up with a positive balance in my account instead of a bill.

Consumer Cellular offers the features you’d expect: 5G (for iPhone 12 models), Wi-Fi Calling, and Personal Hotspot. I had some snafus with Wi-Fi Calling and Personal Hotspot that I’ll discuss below. Once I got Wi-Fi Calling set up, it worked much more reliably than Verizon’s, which would spontaneously fail throughout the day, forcing me to turn things off and on again until it (hopefully) worked again. (I have no cellular service at my house, so Wi-Fi Calling is key.) I tested tethering with an iPad while on the road, and it also worked fine.

As for coverage, I tested the AT&T network against Verizon’s and T-Mobile’s networks (thanks to “T-Mobile’s Network Test Drive Puts 5G on Your iPhone’s eSIM,” 5 July 2021) and found the three comparable in my area, which is saying something, because I live, as George Clooney put it in O Brother, Where Art Thou, “two weeks from everywhere.” And as data speeds go, I’ll let you be the judge.

Speed tests between Consumer Cellular, T-Mobile, and Verizon

Consumer Cellular Pricing

Consumer Cellular offers several plans, but its lineup is simple. There are talk-only plans, which are pointless if you have an iPhone, and 250-minute plans, which aren’t much cheaper than unlimited talk and text plans.

For a single line, unlimited talk and text with 500 MB of data costs $25 per month, with various tiers up to $60 per month for unlimited everything. You can have up to three lines, and with three lines, each person gets unlimited talk, text, and data for $30 per month or $90 per month total. Not too shabby. I’ve been paying $130 per month for three lines of lousy Verizon service, and that’s with a 19% state employee discount my wife gets for being a teacher.

Consumer Cellular plans

There are no overages. If you exceed your data limit, Consumer Cellular automatically upgrades you to the next data tier and notifies you. You stay on the higher tier unless you manually downgrade to a lower tier.

As for the unlimited plan, you get full speed 5G or LTE until you hit 35 GB of usage, after which it’s throttled, though to what speed I couldn’t determine.

AARP members also get a 5% discount.

Consumer Cellular Limitations and Snafus

Consumer Cellular has a few limitations. Since it’s not one of the big three carriers, it’s not part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program. I don’t see that as a big deal, since I can finance an iPhone with my Apple Card and trade it back to Apple when I’m ready to upgrade.

Family plans are limited to three lines. That’s not a problem for me at the moment because I share a plan only with my wife and mother. If you need more lines, you could presumably set up a second account to add three more lines.

Consumer Cellular doesn’t offer data plans for the Apple Watch or iPad. I don’t see why you couldn’t install a Consumer Cellular SIM in a cellular iPad, but I don’t have one to test. (Nor do I have a cellular Apple Watch, so that’s not a limitation for me.)

Although Consumer Cellular offers Wi-Fi Calling and Personal Hotspot, you have to ask the company’s customer service to enable them. I’ve activated two SIMs with Consumer Cellular: one for my test and a second when I ported my number from Verizon. Both times, data worked as soon as I installed the SIM, but I couldn’t dial out, activate Wi-Fi Calling, or use Personal Hotspot until I contacted customer service.

When you contact Consumer Cellular to get your SIM fully activated, I recommend requesting Wi-Fi Calling and Personal Hotspot at the same time. Not only will it save you another call, but it’ll also save a bit of hassle since you have to restart your iPhone each time a new feature is turned on. Also, when Consumer Cellular first activated Personal Hotspot, it turned off Wi-Fi Calling on my iPhone, and I had to turn it back on again in Settings.

Customer service is reasonably responsive—it usually takes 5–10 minutes before reaching chat or phone support. Given how long I’ve waited on hold trying to reach other carriers and given the general labor shortage, I can’t complain much. Once I’ve gotten through, I’ve had good service—the staff is prompt, courteous, and fluent in English.

The only annoyance I’ve had came when I was porting my number. Consumer Cellular’s customer service rep told me she couldn’t port the number because Consumer Cellular didn’t offer service in my area. That was weird since I had already tested its service and had no problem activating the temporary number previously. When I mentioned that I had already activated a SIM with Consumer Cellular, she eventually was able to override the block to port my number.

By the way, when you port your number, you may need a special code from your previous provider that prevents miscreants from porting your number as part of an identity theft scam. For Verizon, you need to go to a settings page and click Generate PIN, which you then give to Consumer Cellular customer service.

Installing the Consumer Cellular SIM

Consumer Cellular packages its SIM cards in an all-in-one card. For most iPhones, you’ll want to punch out the nano-SIM in the center, but don’t toss the card. If you need a different SIM card size later, you can press the nano-SIM back in and then punch out the micro or standard SIM size.

Consumer Cellular has a helpful video on how to use its SIM cards.

Two notes about dealing with nano-SIM cards:

  • They are tiny and extremely easy to lose. Make sure you have appropriate eyewear for working with small objects, and proceed with caution.
  • Don’t touch the metal side of the card. If it gets dirty, your phone may have a hard time reading it, and you’ll get random messages about the SIM card not being inserted. It may help to wear disposable gloves.

Other than dealing with the tiny nano-SIM, swapping it out is pretty easy:

  1. If you use a case with your iPhone, remove it.
  2. Look on the left or right side of the iPhone for an oval (the SIM tray) with a hole in it.
  3. Gently push a thin metal object into the hole to pop out the SIM tray. Your iPhone came with a SIM removal tool, but if you can’t find it, use a paperclip.
  4. Store the old SIM card in a safe place. I used an old SD card case.
  5. Carefully insert the Consumer Cellular SIM card in the tray. It fits in only one way, so you can’t screw it up.
  6. Push the tray back in until it’s flush with the side of the iPhone.

Apple has a video on how to change your SIM card.

Your iPhone should recognize the SIM right away, but you may have to contact Consumer Cellular customer service to be able to make calls. The instructions with the SIM give you a number you can use to test.

If You Decide to Switch

I can’t tell you if you should switch to Consumer Cellular because cell service varies so widely around the country. I’m pleased with my service so far, customer service has been easy to work with, and I appreciate the company’s no-nonsense approach. I don’t miss Verizon at all.

I wrote this review just to share my experiences, but if you do decide to switch, I would be remiss not to mention Consumer Cellular’s referral program, which gives us both a $10 account credit. If you’re interested in switching, send me an email at [email protected], and I’ll share a referral link with you so we can both save a few bucks.

Sours: https://tidbits.com/2021/07/12/consumer-cellular-offers-cheap-no-nonsense-access-to-atts-cellular-network/

Consumer Cellular Plans

Choosing a Consumer Cellular Plan

Consumer Cellular offers customizable, flexible monthly plans. Whether you anticipate using your mobile phone frequently, or just for emergencies, Consumer Cellular has a plan that is right for you and your family.

Speaking of family, you may have up to three lines on a Consumer Cellular account. Additional lines are $15 per month, per line. Minutes, texts, and data are shared between lines. Keep in mind that you can change your monthly plan anytime without racking up fees or penalties! Below are the types of plans Consumer Cellular offers.

Talk Only Plans

“Talk Only” plans start at just $15 per month per line for 250 minutes of talk time. If you use your cell phone just to talk a few times a week and for emergencies, the $15 a month plan would fit your needs at a very affordable price. If you're concerned you may talk more than 250 minutes a month, we recommend going ahead and spending the extra $5 per month to have unlimited minutes. Keep in mind that a “Talk Only” plan does not include texting or data. If that is something you want to utilize, take a look at one of the other two plans we detail below.

  • 250 minutes: $15 per month
  • Unlimited minutes: $20 per month

Talk, Text, and Data Plans

If you have just one phone line on your Consumer Cellular account, for just $20 a month, you can get 250 minutes of talk, unlimited text, and 500 MB of data. From there, it is easy to customize your plan. Say you want unlimited minutes of talk time? It is just $5 more per month. Also for $5 more per month, you can bump to 3 GB of data.

Consumer Cellular offers plans with 500 MB, 3 GB, 10 GB, 15 GB, or unlimited data. This makes it easy to customize your plan to fit your needs. You can even switch plans from month to month if you're traveling and may need more data or minutes while you're on your trip.

Helpful Tool: Consumer Cellular offers a feature on their website to help you compare your current cell phone bill to what you would pay by switching to Consumer Cellular, so you can see just how good of a deal you're getting.

How Much Data Do I Need?

If you're considering purchasing a smartphone, like the Moto G Power listed above, you definitely want to choose a plan with data to utilize all the benefits and features of your smartphone. Wondering how much data your plan should have? Well, when you are not connected to WiFi and using your phone to send emails, video chat, check social apps, and get directions with GPS, you are using data. So, if you find yourself pulling out your smartphone on the go to do any of the above tasks, you probably need a plan with some data.

The chart below can help you estimate how much data you may need on your Consumer Cellular plan. When comparing data plans, your phone habits, monthly budget, and how many lines will be sharing the allotted monthly data should be considered.

Cost*DataVideo callBrowsing web pagesStreaming video
$20500 MB2 hours6 hours1 hour
$253 GB12 hours36 hours6 hours
$3510 GB40 hours120 hours20 hours
$4515 GB60 hours180 hours30 hours
$55UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited

*includes 250 minutes of talk and unlimited text

Overages

If you go over your plan's limit of minutes or data during the month, Consumer Cellular automatically upgrades you to a plan that covers the amount of data or minutes you've used. This way, you are guaranteed to get the best possible rate for your monthly usage, without overage fees.

FYI: If Consumer Cellular automatically upgrades your plan due to overages one month, you'll need to manually change back to your previous plan. Otherwise, Consumer Cellular will continue to charge you for the upgraded plan in the future.

Adding Multiple Phone Lines

If you're looking to add multiple phone lines, Consumer Cellular has that option as well. As we mentioned above, you can add up to three lines to an account for $15 more a month per line. Plus, adding lines to your account will get you a better deal on service. For example, one line with unlimited talk, text, and data is $60 per month. For two lines of unlimited talk, text, and data you'll pay $37.50 per line per month ($75 total per month), and three lines cost $30 a line per month ($90 total per month). So, if you have friends or family who also need a phone plan, it's worth it to add them to your Consumer Cellular account!

Consumer Cellular Compared to Other Carriers

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When comparing Consumer Cellular to other senior-centered wireless providers in our reviews over the years, we've found that Consumer Cellular remains the most budget-friendly but lacks health and safety features. Besides access to 9-1-1 like any other cell phone, their phones don't offer any senior-specific features like those that can be found on Lively’s Jitterbug Flip2. If you want a senior-safety-focused device with robust features we would recommend giving it a look. At $99.99, the Jitterbug Flip2 is much more expensive than Consumer Cellular's Link II. But, the price is justified since the Jitterbug Flip2 can be equipped with additional health and safety features such as the ability to chat with an operator or live nurse on demand for an extra $34.99 per month.

When it comes down to it, if safety features are not what you're looking for in a cell phone and you desire a wireless provider that offers value, Consumer Cellular is the better choice.

Money-Saving Tip: When you refer a friend to Consumer Cellular, they will credit you and your friend $10 apiece after they sign up!

In recent years, major wireless carriers have begun catering to older Americans. That’s right, Verizon and T-Mobile have begun offering discounted unlimited plans for those 55 and older. We’ll admit, these larger companies may have a bigger selection of devices and plans with various features. But, when it comes to price, Consumer Cellular will save you money thanks to no activations fee or hidden overage charges. Not to mention, their superior, award-winning customer service and senior-friendly phones make the provider harder to compete with.

Verizon and T-Mobile also limit their senior plans to two lines and require a proof of ID to access their discounted plans. Consumer Cellular, on the other hand, gives customers the option to add a third line and you won't ever have to hassle with providing a proof of ID. If you’re desiring simplicity, value, and straightforward pricing in a wireless provider, Consumer Cellular quickly rises above major competitors. Below is a quick comparison of these providers.

CompanyPlanLinesCost
Consumer CellularUnlimited Data, Talk, and Text2 Lines$75 per month
Verizon 55+ Plan*Unlimited Data, Talk, and Text2 Lines$80 per month
T-Mobile Essentials Unlimited 55Unlimited Data, Talk, and Text2 Lines$55 per month (plus taxes and fees, which could be up to $18 more per month)

*Currently only available to residents of Florida

Sours: https://www.seniorliving.org/cell-phone/consumer-cellular/
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Consumer Cellular offers some of the most affordable cell phones and plans; however, in my experience, their customer service can be a bit shoddy. Still, if you’re looking for budget-friendly cellular plans, and you’re not afraid of confusing return policies, then Consumer Cellular might work for you.

Consumer Cellular Pros and Cons

What We Like About Consumer Cellular

  • Low Priced Plans: Starting at just $15 for their most basic plan, Consumer Cellular offers plans at a highly competitive price point. What’s more, I was able to stack up additional savings by adding more lines to my service plan. This, combined with no activation fees and additional discounts for AARP members, makes Consumer Cellular one of the most affordable cellular service providers on the market today.
  • No Long-Term Contracts: Unlike many traditional wireless providers, Consumer Cellular did not lock me into a long-term contract. Each of its plans are paid on a month to month basis, and I could upgrade my service or cancel it without paying any fees or penalties.
  • Wide Range of Devices: From basic flip phones to the newest models from Apple and Samsung, Consumer Cellular’s offerings run the full gamut of cell phones. They even allow customers to put their own phones on their service, provided they use SIM cards.

What We Didn’t Like

  • No Prepaid Options: While I appreciated that Consumer Cellular doesn’t require long-term contracts, it would have been nice to have the option to prepay for minutes. When providers allow this option, it means that any unused minutes can accumulate rather than disappear at the end of each pay period.
  • High Device Costs: Consumer Cellular offers several flip phones and smartphones that cost $50 or less; however, these models are mostly outdated and limited in their functionality. For those looking to purchase newer models, the price could be upwards of $1000, a cost that is normally built into the service plans of traditional carriers.
  • Lack of Medical Alert: Although Consumer Cellular’s plans and devices can compete with major mobile providers, they lack some of the features of providers that cater specifically to older adults, features such as medical alert functionality.
  • Confusing Return Policy: Many of our readers have reported being unable to return devices, even when they were in their original condition.

The Purchasing Process

Ordering a phone through Consumer Cellular is just about as easy as it gets. In addition to Target and some independent retailers, Consumer Cellular devices and plans can also be purchased through their website, which is what I did. Here I was able to view a list of each of their plans and the devices that could be used with them.

Phones themselves can be purchased with either a one-time payment or several interest-free installments, and the service plans clearly state their cost in addition to what else is included.

Choosing a Cellular Plan

Before I chose a phone, I had to decide on a service plan. Consumer Cellular offers a wide range of plans, (seven, to be exact), and each of them included some amount of talk time, text messages, and data allowance. These plans are divided into two groups, Talk Only and Unlimited Talk and Text. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two.

  • Talk Only: As the name implies, this type of plan means that your phone is good for one thing only, phone calls. The $15 iteration of this plan comes with 250 minutes, and for $5 more a month, the number of minutes becomes unlimited. I know of a good number of old-fashioned folks in my life who shudder at the idea of text messages and social media, so this would be the perfect plan for them.
  • Unlimited Talk and Text: This type of plan puts no limit on the number of phone calls or text messages, and the only difference between its five versions is the amount of data they cover, from the $25 plan with 500MB to the $60 plan with unlimited data. Data refers to activities performed on your phone that require Internet connection, activities such as browsing Google, watching videos, or sending emails. Although it’s somewhat difficult to put an exact number on it, 500MB of data would be roughly equal to visiting 2,700 web pages or streaming 30 minutes of high definition video per month. For those who plan to purchase a smartphone, I highly recommend this sort of plan, as it will allow you to make the most of all of your phone’s features.

For a full list of Consumer Cellular’s plans, look below, or check out this page: Consumer Cellular Phones for Seniors.

Type of PlanNumber of LinesMonthly Price Per Line with 500 MB of DataMonthly Price Per Line with 3 GB of DataMonthly Price Per Line with 10 GB of DataMonthly Price Per Line with 15 GB of DataMonthly Price Per Line with Unlimited DataMonthly Price Per Line with 250 MinutesMonthly Price Per Line with Unlimited Minutes
Unlimited Talk and Text1$25$30$40$50$60N/AN/A
Unlimited Talk and Text2$20$22.50$27.50$32.50$37.50N/AN/A
Unlimited Talk and Text3$18.33$20$23.33$26.67$30N/AN/A
Talk Only1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A$15$20
Talk Only2N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A$15$17.50
Talk Only3N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A$15$16.67

Ultimately, I decided to sign up for Consumer Cellular’s Unlimited Talk and Text plan with Unlimited Data, which would normally cost $60 per month. However, Consumer Cellular offers discounted rates for additional lines. Since I purchased three lines for myself and my children, the total cost for my service plan came to only $30 per month per line, meaning my grand total for service was $90 a month. Now, I can see why this might seem expensive to some, but considering comparable plans from major cellular carriers could run upwards of $200 a month for three people, I was impressed by how much of a bargain I was getting.

FYI: For only $15 a month, you can add on one or more phones to any existing Consumer Cellular plan, making it both easy and affordable for couples and families to share a wireless plan.

Consumer Cellular Phones

Consumer Cellular offers an impressive array of phones, ranging from simple flip phones to the latest offerings from Samsung and Apple. I can safely say that they have something to satisfy almost any taste or need. For example, there’s my father, a classic older American man who has had the same flip phone since the early aughts. It frustrates him that even though he needs a new phone, his major carrier no longer offers simple devices made for calling and texting only. Fortunately, Consumer Cellular has two no-frills phones, the Doro 7050 and the Link, that fit the bill.

On the other end of the spectrum, Consumer Cellular offers the iPhone 11 Pro Max with its 12MP triple-camera system in addition to the Samsung Galaxy S20+ with its 3200 x 1440-pixel resolution display. While it’s easy to assume that these types of cutting edge smartphones supersede the needs of most older adults, I wouldn’t be so quick to assume. Studies show that roughly half of seniors with cell phones have smartphones, and the older people that I know get more technologically advanced by the year.

Ultimately, I decided to test out three different phones from Consumer Cellular, the Doro 7050, the iPhone SE, and the Samsung Galaxy S20+. Each of them had their own unique set of features, but more on that below.

Keep Your Phone: If you happen to already be using a phone on another network, you can transfer this device to a Consumer Cellular plan with one of their SIM cards, included when you sign up for a service plan.

For an exhaustive list of the cell phone offerings from Consumer Cellular, look below.

BrandModelAvailable ColorsAvailable Sizes in GBRegular Monthly PriceMonthly Price with EasyPay
MotorolaMoto G7 PowerBlack32$150$10
MotorolaMoto E^6Black16$10$80
ZTEAvid 559Black16$50n/a
AppleiPhone SEBlack, white, red64,128, 256$350$10
AppleiPhone 7Black, pink32$200$10
AppleiPhone 8 PlusGray128$300$20
AppleiPhone XRBlack, red64, 128$600$25
AppleiPhone XsGray64, 256$900$60
AppleiPhone 11Black, red, white64, 128, 256$700$70
AppleiPhone 11 ProGray64, 256, 512$1,000$80
AppleiPhone 11 Pro MaxGray, beige64, 256, 512$1,100$140
SamsungGalaxy A20Black32$180$10
SamsungGalaxy J3Black16$90$10
SamsungGalaxy S10eBlack, white128$500$25
SamsungGalaxy S10+Blue128$750$50
SamsungGalaxy S20Gray128$800$65
SamsungGalaxy S20+Gray128$1,000$80
SamsungGalaxy Note10+Black256$900$60
SamsungGalaxy Note10Black256$750$50
Doro7050Red, blackN/A$50N/A
Consumer CellularLinkRed, blackN/A$30N/A

Consumer Cellular Setup

If you’ve ever activated a cell phone before, then have no fear because Consumer Cellular’s setup process is just about the same as any other network. If you haven’t ever activated a cell phone, well, the process is easy as pie. In about one week, each of my phones was shipped to my home. I unboxed them and plugged them into the included chargers. Once they had fully charged, all I had to do was call a number on the back of the box, confirm my information with the support team, and then start using them.

How My Phones Worked

In terms of phones, I purchased the Doro 7050, the iPhone SE, and the Samsung Galaxy S20+. Between the three of these phones, I got a good sense of the range of options from Consumer Cellular. Let’s take a closer look at each of them:

Doro 7050 ($50 One Time Payment)

Doro 750 Flip Phone

This is one of the most affordable options that Consumer Cellular has, and it’s one of two phones that feature the classic clamshell design of yore. I’ve got to say, there’s something I missed about the tactile experience of a flip phone, perfect for an older adult who wants to stick to the basics. For starters, its buttons are actually raised rather than on a touch screen, and they’re backlit so I could see them even in the dark. With nearly half of people over the age of 65 suffering from arthritis, the size and spacing of these buttons made it easy to dial a number or type out a text message. When I made calls with it, I noticed the volume of the receiver was appropriately loud and clear.

Additionally, the exterior of this phone featured an assistance button, which, when I pressed it, called a number that I had chosen, which happened to be my husband. However, it could also be another emergency contact or service like the police. This feature in particular made this phone seem like an ideal option for older adults. Sure, the Doro 7050’s 3MP camera wasn’t going to help me win a Pulitzer in photography, but for those of us looking for a simple way to remain connected on the go, the Doro 7050 is a solid option.

iPhone SE ($350 One Time Payment)

iPhone SE

Originally released back in 2016, the iPhone SE packed in enough features to impress me, though my technophile kids looked at the thing as though it were a fossil. Regardless, I appreciated its 12MP camera, which captured photos in accurate coloration. In addition, the smartphone had the intuitive menu screens that I’ve come to expect from Apple products. But what about the phone itself? Well, I’m happy to report that the actual phone portion of this smartphone worked beautifully. The audio quality was crystal clear, even when I took the phone on bike rides through the wilderness. Plus, even though it operates through a touch screen, I rarely found myself pressing the wrong button, although this could be an issue for those with arthritis.

While Apple says that the SE’s battery life lasts for 26 hours of call time, my phone seemed to last even longer during testing. For the more adventurous buyer, someone looking for not just a cell phone but also a camera, music player, and television, the iPhone SE is a good choice. Even if the idea of using a smartphone is a bit intimidating, the SE’s intuitive design made it easy to explore its wide array of features.

Samsung Galaxy S20+ ($1,000 One Time Payment)

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Consumer Cellular

Now I assume that most people over the age of 65, let alone from my generation, don’t require the technologically advanced feature set of the Samsung Galaxy S20+. But I’ve been surprised by older adults before, so here goes nothing. Similar to the iPhone SE, the Galaxy operates primarily through its touch screen; however, this phone features a higher resolution, which came in handy while browsing the web for complicated dinner recipes. When the text was too small, I simply pinched the screen and zoomed in to my heart’s content, a great feature for older adults, considering over 15% of people over 75 suffer from some form of vision loss.

The Galaxy’s camera featured a 64MP lens, and the images I captured with it looked as though they were professionally taken. But once again, as with all smartphones, I had to consider the ultimate question. How did the phone work? I’m happy to report that the Galaxy S20+ worked brilliantly. Calls were easy to dial on its large, 6.7-inch screen, and the audio quality seemed even clearer than the prior two phones, even in areas with poor service. The only drawback I could see with this phone is its size. Although its large screen makes for easy viewing, the phone was a bit bulky to carry around, especially if you’re a woman without pockets like me.

Savings Tip: For most of its devices, Consumer Cellular allows you to purchase RFG-certified returned items, pre-owned devices that have been refurbished and can cost around $100 less than the new factory versions.

Consumer Cellular AARP Discount

For over a decade, Consumer Cellular has been an official partner of AARP, meaning that current members of this group receive a 9% discount on their monthly fees.

Now, I’m not an AARP member just yet, but let’s say for the sake of argument that I was. Since my monthly service charge from Consumer Cellular was $90, this would have added up to an annual savings of $54.

In addition to this generous discount, AARP members receive an extended 45-day money back guarantee on their devices and service plan, 15 days more than that of regular customers. Trust me, I’m counting down the days until I’m eligible for membership and all that it has to offer!

To learn more about AARP discounts, read my guide: Is AARP Worth It?

Bottom Line

When it comes to cellular service providers geared towards older Americans, Consumer Cellular is a solid choice. Its breadth of phone compatibility ensures that there’s a device for just about any taste or ability level, and the straightforward nature of its service plans takes the headache out of an industry often filled with hidden fees and complicated contracts.

Arguably, the only thing missing from Consumer Cellular would be more robust features for medical alert functionality, like the kind that’s built into the Jitterbug Smart3; however, for those looking for a simple and affordable way to have a cell phone, Consumer Cellular has just what you’re looking for.

If you’d like to see some of our other favorite wireless providers, check out my reviews of T-Mobile plans for seniors and Verizon senior plans.

Consumer Cellular FAQ’s

  • If I go over my plan’s limit of minutes, will I be charged extra?

    Not exactly. Unlike other cell phone providers, who implement overage charges for minutes used beyond the parameters of your plan, Consumer Cellular instead automatically upgrades you to a plan that covers the number of minutes you’ve used. For example, if you’re using a plan with 250 minutes of talk and you go over this amount, they’ll simply upgrade you to the next plan. The plan comes with no overage charge; however, you will pay the difference between the plans.

  • Do I get free minutes on nights and weekends?

    All of Consumer Cellular’s plans include the minutes listed on the plan, regardless of the time of day or day of the week. This is what we’d call “anytime minutes.” On a related note, the tradition of giving free minutes during nights and weekends comes from the fact that these are the least used times by customers.

  • Do my unused minutes and data roll over each month?

    Unfortunately, they do not. Consumer Cellular plans begin on the first day of the month and reset at the start of the following month. Luckily, if you find that you’re not using a large portion of your minutes, you can easily change your plan at any time for no extra cost.

  • With Consumer Cellular, can I keep my existing cell phone number?

    Depending on your current service provider, you most likely can transfer your existing number to Consumer Cellular’s network. Just be sure to undergo the transfer process before canceling with your current service provider. This way, the number will remain active so that Consumer Cellular can guide you through the process.

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THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE iPHONE

Apple iPhone SE

Lots to love. Less to Spend.

iPhone SE packs the most powerful chip into the most popular size iPhone at the most affordable price. It’s just what you’ve been waiting for.

Design

Altogether beautiful.

Brilliant 4.7" Retina HD display. Speed and security of Touch ID. Water resistant to 1 meter for 30 minutes. All in a slim, light design. (Disclaimer)

Performance

iPhone 11 Pro called. It wants its chip back.

A13 Bionic is the fastest chip ever in a smartphone, period. Launch apps, play games, and more–all with blazing speed.

Camera

Smile, you’re in Portrait mode.

The advanced camera system with A13 Bionic enables Portrait mode, artfully placing the focus on your subject–even for selfies.

Video

High, high, high, high definition.

4K video means four times the detail of Full HD. And QuickTake allows you to start recording video in photo mode by just holding the shutter.

Battery

Binge-worthy battery life.

The show must go on. So iPhone SE lets you watch up to 13 hours of video on a single charge. (Disclaimer)

Privacy

Privacy is built in.

Apple products are designed to protect your privacy and give you control over your information. It’s not always easy. But that’s the kind of innovation Apple believes in.

Even more great stuff.

True Tone

Dynamically adjusts white balance on the display so images look natural and are easier on your eyes.

Haptic Touch

Press and hold an icon for shortcuts and a slight vibration makes it feel like you’re pressing a real, physical button.

Augmented reality

Run the latest AR apps that let you measure real-world objects, map constellations over the stars, and more.

Stereo audio recording

iPhone SE records videos in stereo to make the sound as engaging as the pictures.

Faster Wi-Fi and cellular data

Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit-class LTE can deliver much faster download speeds, whether you're on Wi-Fi or cellular networks. (Disclaimer)

Audio Sharing

You and a friend can both rock out to the same playlist by pairing two sets of AirPods or Beats headphones to one iPhone. (Disclaimer)

Dual SIM, dual numbers

Dual SIM with eSIM lets you have both a business and a personal number on the same iPhone. (Disclaimer)

Fast-charge capable

Connect to a fast-charge adapter (sold separately) to go from zero to up to 50 percent in 30 minutes. (Disclaimer)

Accessories

Meet the extended family.

Shop for cases designed just for iPhone. Explore AirPods, photography tools, wireless charging docks, and more.

AppleCare+

One-stop support from Apple experts

AppleCare+ provides extended repair coverage and 24/7 priority support from the people who know iPhone best.

Apple Music

Lose yourself in 60 million songs.

Steam 60 million songs ad-free. (See additional disclaimers.) Download your favorite tracks. Play them offline.

Apple TV+

Watch original stories from the most creative minds in TV and film.

Included for one year when you buy an iPhone. (See additional disclaimers.)

Disclaimers

  1. iPhone SE (2nd generation) is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP67 under standard 60529 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.
  2. All battery claims depend on network configuration and many other factors; actual results will vary. Battery has limited recharge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced by Apple service provider. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. See apple.com/batteries and apple.com/iphone/battery.html for more information.
  3. Data plan required. Gigabit-class LTE is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds are based on theoretical throughput and vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and see apple.com/iphone/LTE
  4. Compatible with AirPods (1st generation or later), Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo3 Wireless, BeatsX, Beats Studio3 Wireless, and Powerbeats3 Wireless and requires the latest version of iOS.
  5. Use of eSIM requires a wireless plan (which may include restrictions on switching service providers and roaming, even after contact expiration). Not all carriers support eSIM. Use of eSIM in iPhone may be disabled when purchased from some carriers. See your carrier for details. To learn more, visit support.apple.com/kb/HT209044
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in February 2020 using preproduction iPhone SE (2nd generation) units and software and accessory Apple USB-C Power Adapters (18W Model A1720 and 30W Model A1882). Fast-charge testing conducted with drained iPhone units. Charge time varies with environmental factors; actual results will vary.

Additional disclaimers:

Apple Music

Apple Music requires a subscription

Apple TV+

$4.99/month after free trial. One subscription per Family Sharing group. Offer good for 3 months after eligible device activation. Plan automatically renews until cancelled. Restrictions and other terms apply. See apple.com/promo for more information.

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What phones are compatible with Consumer Cellular service?

Consumer Cellular phones include basic flip-phones for calling and texting, the GrandPad (a senior-friendly tablet), and smartphones for customers who plan on downloading and using apps. Samsung smartphones, Android phones, and iPhones are all compatible with Consumer Cellular coverage and plans.

What are consumer cellular customer service hours?

Consumer Cellular Contact Info. Customer Service: 1-888-345-5509. Hours: Monday – Friday: 5:00AM – 9:00PM (PST) | Saturday: 6:00AM – 8:00PM | Sunday: 6:00AM – 8:00PM |. Sales: N/A. Dealer Support: N/A.

What is the best cellular service?

Verizon Wireless has a well-founded reputation for being the best cell phone company in the U.S. It scores higher on network coverage, reliability and speed than any other cellular network, according to multiple independent studies.

What are phones consumer cellular SIM cards compatible with?

Phones Compatible With Consumer Cellular Service. Consumer Cellular provides customers with a free SIM card for use with one of the company's phones, a phone previously used with T-Mobile or AT&T, or an unlocked GSM phone. You can use the Consumer Cellular SIM card page to order a free SIM card.

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Unlock your phone from Consumer Cellular to use on any network with our online unlocking service. With a 100% success rate, we guarantee to unlock your phone from Consumer Cellular quickly, easily and legally.

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Instant unlocking for many phones on the Consumer Cellular network.

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Your phone will work on any network around the world as well as Consumer Cellular.

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You keep your device throughout the entire unlocking process.

Why our customers keep coming back.

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We refund 50% of the unlock cost if you record a video and give us permission to use it on our website. Contact us once your phone is unlocked for details.

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Quickly and easily unlock your phone remotely without voiding your warranty:

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Provide your device details

Choose the network of the phone you wish to unlock and supply the IMEI number. Unlike our competitors, with our unique direct connection to the manufacturers databases we'll tell you what model you have. (This is also how we get our unlocks so fast).

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We process your unlock

Once payment is received, we process your device remotely. We check your order and make sure you selected the right network and fix it automatically if you made a mistake. You can track your order progress using the tracking page. Samsung and other manufacturer codes typically take 6 hours, iPhone unlocks take 24 hours.

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Phone is ready

Your device is unlocked reliably, legally and permanently and confirmation of this is sent to you via Email and SMS. iPhones are unlocked over-the-air, and Samsung devices are unlocked via a code. If at anytime you need help or have questions our staff are available 24/7.

Why unlocking your phone from Consumer Cellular is a great idea:

  • Avoid expensive roaming charges - Consumer Cellular's Data plans are notoriously expensive when travelling and adding roaming plans, especially in this data-hungry, Instagram era!
    Rather than adding a temporary package to your account, having an unlocked phone means that you can buy a prepaid SIM card or localized SIM card from a local shop at a better rate, allowing you to use your phone abroad just like at home.
  • Selling your phone for more money - If you come to sell your phone, an unlocked version will be worth a lot more money.
  • Switching Service Providers - Network providers often compete with one another, trying to one-up each other with new features, cheaper costs, and of course making contracts easier to get out of. For networks that still offer contracts, their phones are discounted and subsidised through the plan, which means they come locked.
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  • No instructions needed - once the phone is unlocked we'll tell you via SMS and email, then you can simply pop another sim card in.
  • Permanent and 100% legal.

Frequently Asked Questions

DirectUnlocks is one of the quickest providers of worldwide and cheap unlocks for the Consumer Cellular network. We usually unlock an phone on Consumer Cellular instantly, sometimes this can be a little bit longer depending on a few factors. We offer a live tracking service to keep you up to date on progress.

Never. We unlock your phone on Consumer Cellular 'over the air' using 3G/4G or WiFi our method is completely remote. Your phone is secure during the whole process and there will be no interruptions to your Consumer Cellular service. Tracking is available throughout the unlock process.

Unlocking with IMEI is the official and safest method to unlock your phone from Consumer Cellular and is done remotely from the comfort of your own home. A software unlock is another solution, but will usually invalidate your warranty, you'll have to download some complicated software, and then you won't be able to update your phone.

Unlocking with us is super quick, just provide your 15 digit IMEI (Dial *#06# on your locked device) and network/carrier, our system will automatically process your device by remotely identifying it and requesting an official phone device unlock from Consumer Cellular.

Absolutely, even if your phone is under contract with a network provider. There may be an additional price to pay if the phone is brand new and you've only owned it for a very short time.

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Here’s yet another way Consumer Cellular makes wireless service easy. With the MY CC app, you can conveniently manage your Consumer Cellular account right from your smartphone. Track your usage, pay your bill, or even manage your monthly plans if you need to. You can even access our award-winning customer support with the touch of a button!
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Ratings and Reviews

Usable, but ...

If your area has good coverage on the AT&T network, Consumer Cellular will give you usable service as described in their ads.

But, in the areas they don’t talk about, their services are marginal at best. Notifications of missed calls show up late, and sometimes never. No notification of voicemail messages at all - the only way to check is to call in, a waste of a least one of your minutes for each call. If you are trying to use the minimal plan, you’ll use all your minutes just checking voicemail.

Very poor implementation of calling in for voicemail - you hold down the 1 key on the keypad and hope it connects. You have to enter your voicemail passcode on the keypad every time, and everyone standing near you can hear what your passcode is. Voicemails can be kept only 14 days.

One glitch is that you cannot check voicemail if your phone is connected to CarPlay - the passcode tones come out the car speaker and back into the phone microphone and it rejects your entered passcode because it hears the echo as more keystrokes.

There are cheaper services with much better missed call notifications and voicemail.

Okay

Overall My CC is convenient and nice.
One issue has arisen in the last month.
My CC used to display the amount of data used but no longer is. I am on the unlimited data plan which is subject to slower transmission rates after using 35 GB of data. The graph allowed me to track my usage and maybe alter usage as to avoid exceeding the data speed limit.
Currently it shows no data usage in the current billing cycle which I know is incorrect.
It would be nice to have this functionality restored.

Hi, we are currently working on a solution. We hope to have it working this week.

Doesn't show the correct amount due

I've been using this simple app for several months and it's fine for what it is, but it's not showing the correct payment due! I've been checking it regularly for weeks and it's been showing that I don't owe anything on my next payment due date (I've been paying extra), but suddenly today it says I owe $75! It's fine if it can't show the current amount owed until the billing cycle updates, but DON'T SHOW incorrect information! If the payment amount isn't current then just leave the old payment date in, don't put the next one and mislead your customers!! I've been using this app to check my data use on the fly, and I'm not confident that information is very current either, but this issue with showing the incorrect payment due amount/date is a major problem!!!

The developer, Consumer Cellular, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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Information

Seller
Consumer Cellular, Inc.

Size
24.3 MB

Category
Utilities

Compatibility
iPhone
Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
iPad
Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
iPod touch
Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Mac
Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
Languages

English, Spanish

Age Rating
4+

Copyright
© 2021 Consumer Cellular, Inc.

Price
Free

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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