If you watch TV there is a good chance you’ve come across the Consumer Cellular commercial. In their commercials, they advertise their service as the right service for the more mature generation. In case you haven’t seen the commercial, here it is:
They advertise rates as low as $10. Yes, they do have rates as low as $10 but you don’t get very much for $10. The $10 plan is for people who only use their cell phone for emergencies. According to the Consumer Cellular website, people who opt for the $10 plan talk on their cell phones for 20 minutes or less. The beauty of this, however, is you can upgrade your plan at any time (or downgrade your plan).
One Person’s Consumer Cellular Experience
Quite some time ago I signed up for Consumer Cellular service. I’m not a heavy cell phone user and didn’t want to lock into an expensive 2-year contract. I wanted a reliable phone and reliable service. I also didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for the service, that’s why I opted for Consumer Cellular.
As an AARP member, I get a 5% discount on my service. My monthly phone bill came in around $25 a month. My plan provided enough talk, text and data to suit my needs. Actually, it was more than I needed, but at $25 a month I wasn’t complaining.
Three People’s Consumer Cellular Experience
My husband and our 18-year-old daughter had different cell phone plans. My husband had an old pre-paid flip phone and my daughter had the iPhone with a 2-year contract through Verizon. Her bill alone was about $80 a month (interesting how the one person without a job has the most expensive service).
At the end of her 2-year term, we decided to consolidate our plans. We purchased two new Smartphones through Consumer Cellular and modified my plan to include the two new phones. In choosing the phones we opted for the Motorola Moto G EXT. It was affordable and provided all the features they needed. Now all three of us were using Smartphones and Consumer Cellular monthly service.
The monthly cell phone bill for all three phones combined is cheaper than what Verizon charged for one phone. We all have adequate talk, text and data. We have not gone over our allotted usage. Once or twice we received a notification text from Consumer Cellular advising us that we have used about 75% of our allotted data. That was fine because we received the text the day before our next monthly cycle. The following day everything zeroed out and we had the full data allotment reinstated.
Since signing up with Consumer Cellular we’ve noticed they made a few changes to their plans. We now get unlimited texting at no additional cost.
My husband, the former flip phone user, cannot be separated from his new “tool.” Actually, it is becoming annoying because he’s constantly looking up information on the web to interject up-to-date information in any conversation he’s having (in a Cliff Clavin sort of way). I guess we have to take the bad with the good.
I’m very happy with Consumer Cellular and their service. I’m not one of those people who must have a cell phone attached to her ear. I’m considered a light user. More than using it as a communication device, I use the phone to listen to audio books, play games and control Chromecast when watching movies.
My husband and daughter, on the other hand, use the communication features much more than I do. All three of us are happy with our service and are glad that we switched from our prior phone service providers.