Consumer Cellular offers flexible, no-frills plans aimed at the senior demographic and those who don’t use their phone often. It topped the most recent Consumer Reports wireless survey in customer satisfaction among all postpaid carriers, including the Big Four cell phone carriers: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.
However, anyone looking for a standard unlimited talk and text plan with data will be disappointed with Consumer’s higher prices.
Consumer Cellular cell phone plans
Consumer Cellular’s plans are split into Talk Only plans, 250-Minute Talk plans (which add a data package and unlimited text messages) and Unlimited Talk plans (which add a data package plus unlimited talk and text).
Need a second line? You can add one to your plan for $15 per month.
Talk Only plans:
250 minutes: $15.
Unlimited minutes: $20.
250-Minute Talk plans:
Unlimited data: $55.
Unlimited Talk plans:
Unlimited data: $60.
If you go over your minutes or data for the month, Consumer Cellular automatically bumps you up to the next tier, along with the increased price. It doesn’t automatically bump you back down at the end of your billing cycle, though, so you’ll need to remember to change your plan.
How Consumer Cellular compares on prices
An unlimited talk and text plan with 3GB of data on Consumer Cellular will run you $30 per month. Use the table below to see how Consumer Cellular stacks up against prepaid providers that offer unlimited talk and text with their data plans.
2GB or less
$20 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)
$15 (talk, text and Wi-Fi)
$30 (1,500 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data)
$10 (talk and text)
$45 (with 12GB of hotspot)
$60 (with 30GB of hotspot)
$25 (talk and text only)
$30 (talk and text only)
$35 (talk and text only)
*Google Fi customers pay $20 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $10 per gigabyte. **Republic Wireless customers pay $15 for unlimited talk and text. Data is billed at a rate of $5 per gigabyte.