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What You Need to Know


Consumer Cellular pioneered no-contract mobile phone service in the United States. In operation since 1995, they currently serve more than 2 million customers. Partnerships with AARP offers exclusive discounts for seniors and they’re all-U.S. customer support team receives high rankings from both Consumer Reports and J.D. Power nearly every year. They deliver service using the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile to provide coast-to-coast coverage that rivals the bigger carriers.

Consumer Cellular uses a monthly postpaid model. Plans start at $11.88 per month. The most expensive plan at the time of writing is $70 per month. For light users, a per-minute billing option is available starting at $10 per month.

If you need a phone, this carrier has a great roster of options ranging from the latest flagships to basic, budget-friendly phones. Want to spread your phone costs out over a series of payments? Their Easypay system is available with approved credit. If you want to bring your own phone, they support most unlocked phones and previously used phones from AT&T or T-Mobile.

What’s Good?

  • Great coverage
  • Affordable rates
  • AARP discounts
  • No contracts
  • No early termination fees
  • Bring Your Own Device support
  • High ratings for customer support
  • Multi-line discounts available

What’s Bad?

  • Highest data cap is 5GB
  • No roaming service

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Notable Features

  • Shared Connections: Share your monthly plan allotment with an additional line for added savings. All calls between mobiles on the same account are free. Perfect for families, this feature helps keep costs low while keeping everyone in touch.
  • Bring Your Own Device: While many carriers require an unlocked phone for BYOD service, Consumer Cellular also works with AT&T and T-Mobile phones!
  • Good Device Selection: Consumer Cellular goes beyond the usual array of phones to offer simplified phones and rugged phones perfect for younger kids or seniors.

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How’s the Network Coverage and Speed?

Offering an accurate summary of coverage or speed with this carrier is difficult. This is because they use the networks of both AT&T and T-Mobile. Depending on your device and region, you might even bounce between both networks.

We recommend checking the summaries for the individual carriers to get an idea of what speeds to expect. You can use the links below!

For more information about coverage and networks in your area, be sure to check out their Coverage Map.

Do They Charge Roaming Fees?

Thanks to the ability to use two of the largest mobile networks in the U.S., domestic roaming isn’t a concern with this carrier.

However, international roaming is not supported by Consumer Cellular. If you’re using an unlocked phone, you should be able to swap in a prepaid SIM from a carrier at your destination or pick up a travel SIM before your trip.

What About Long Distance Fees?

All Consumer Cellular plans include calling to any number in the U.S.

If you need to place calls to another country, you’ll need to consult Consumer Cellular’s International Rates page.

Does Consumer Cellular Offer Wi-Fi Calling?

No. Consumer Cellular does not support native Wi-Fi calling or offer a Wi-Fi calling app.

How About Voice over LTE (VoLTE)?

No.

Can I Tether My Phone?

No, you cannot tether on Consumer Cellular plans.

The Terms and Conditions state:

“Furthermore, plans (unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/smartphone to computer accessories, BLUETOOTH® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose.”

Can I Rollover Unused Data?

No. All Consumer Cellular plans reset each month.

What Add-ons or Bundles are Available?

Service plans through Consumer Cellular are simple. They do not offer bundles or add-ons. However, if you need to adjust your plan, you can do so at anytime on the website or through customer services.

Can I Bring My Own Device?

Yes! The carrier supports unlocked GSM phones as well as phones from AT&T and T-Mobile. You will need to order a SIM from their online store.

For more information on bringing your own device--or to order your free SIM--refer to their Bring Your Own Phone page.

Do They Charge an Early Termination Fee?

No! You can leave the service at any time by calling customer support.

However, if you financed your device through Easypay, you will need to pay any remaining balance on your device at the time of cancellation.

Can I Port My Number To or From Consumer Cellular?

Yes! They follow all Wireless Number Portability requirements. If they have coverage in the area you’re transferring from and the account you wish to transfer your number from is active and in good standing, you should have no problems.

To complete the process, you will need:

  • The phone number you wish to transfer
  • The account number the phone number is on
  • The name of the account holder
  • The billing address on the account
  • The PIN or security password on the account

For more information on porting your number to Consumer Cellular, consult their Phones and Services FAQ.

Will They Unlock My Phone?

Yes! For most current or former customers, unlocking is free.

General requirements include:

  • The phone you wish to unlock must not have a remaining financing balance.
  • The phone you wish to unlock must be active on the network for 6 months prior to unlocking.
  • The phone must not be reported lost or stolen.

For additional details on unlocking requirements and the process involved, check their Terms and Conditions.


For additional questions about pricing, features and coverage, be sure to check our Consumer Cellular Q&A Forum. It’s filled with questions and answers from people like you looking to get the most out of their mobile service!

If you spot any errors or missing information, please let us know! It's appreciated and will help make this page better for everyone.


Voice network: GSM 850 / 1900 MHz, UMTS
Data network: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, LTE

Consumer Cellular Customer Service

Mailing Address:
7204 SW Durham Rd Ste 300, Portland, OR 97224

Phone Number:
(888) 345-5509

Helpful Links

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Top Ten Reviews

A great choice for AARP members and retired family

from Top Ten Reviews
Consumer Cellular is a perfectly capable cell phone provider, offering great customer service and decent rates to its customers. But it's a company that's very focused on a specific audience, and users outside that audience will find their desires – for phone variety, lots of data, and quality-of-life features such as unlimited talk and text – all but ignored. If you can take advantage of its AARP member discounts, Consumer Cellular is worth a look; otherwise, it's not very compelling... Full review
The Wirecutter

Offers a level of service comparable to AT&T at a significant discount

from The Wirecutter
If you want to avoid the big four carriers without giving up the high standards of a top-two network, Consumer Cellular is the best option. You get all the benefits of AT&T’s network (though you may have to request that lest you be issued a T-Mobile SIM card): nationwide LTE coverage, data-tethering support at no extra charge (if you request it), and good reception even in rural areas. And unlike other resellers, Consumer Cellular offers the attentive customer support you’d expect from a major carrier, while retaining the flexibility in phone and plan choice of an MVNO... Full review
ConsumerSearch

Cell phone plans for seniors

from ConsumerSearch
T-Mobile's uncarrier strategy is paying dividends in the form of positive critical reactions and happy customer feedback. The plan structure is straightforward, and T-Mobile loads things up with more perks than other carriers. Customer service earns compliments. However, coverage remains a weakness, with large gaps in service outside of major population centers and away from major highways. On the plus side, where service can be found, signals are usually robust and speeds are fast... Full review
Top Ten Reviews

Great choice for AARP members and retired family

from Top Ten Reviews
Consumer Cellular is a perfectly capable cell phone provider, offering great customer service and decent rates to its customers. But it's a company that's very focused on a specific audience, and users outside that audience will find their desires – for phone variety, lots of data, and quality-of-life features such as unlimited talk and text – all but ignored. If you can take advantage of its AARP member discounts, Consumer Cellular is worth a look; otherwise, it's not very compelling... Full review
PC Magazine

Inexpensive plans, no contracts, and a strong network

from PC Magazine
Consumer Cellular is the best of the best this year, delivering the top overall satisfaction rating. It has earned our PCMag Readers' Choice Award this year for mobile carriers. Our readers have spoken. Inexpensive plans, no contracts, and a strong network make for a dominant performance in our survey—and a convincing winner. .. Full review

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