Consumer Cellular Review

Consumer Cellular Phones 

Table of Contents

1 - Coverage & Rates from $10

2 - Basic and Smart Phones

3 - Features & Conclusion

4 - User Reviews & Questions

April 2022 Update: iPhone 13 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 5G available with installment payment plans

Smartphones

iPhones

These iPhones are available.

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max $1099 ($45 per month with $19 down)
  • iPhone 13 Pro $999 ($41 per month with $15 down)
  • iPhone `13 $899 ($34 per month with $13 down)
  • iPhone 13 Mini $729 ($29 per month with $33 down)
  • iPhone 12 $729 ($29 per month with $33  down)
  • iPhone 11 $499 ($20 per month with $19 down)
  • iPhone SE 3rd Gen $429 ($17 per month with $21 down)
  • iPhone SE $399 ($16 per month with $15 down)

Android Phones

Samsung Galaxy Phones

These Samsung phones are available.

  • Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G $799 ($32 per month with $31 down)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G $849 ($34 per month with $33 down)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G $1199 ($49 per month with $23 down)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 5G $799 ($32 per month with $31 down)
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G $1799 ($74 per month with $11 down)
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 $999 ($41 per month with $15 down)
  • Samsung Galaxy A12 $179 ($7 per month with $11 down)

Motorola and other Android Phones

These Android phones and also available.

  • Motorola Moto g Power (2021) $159 ($6 per month with $15 down)
  • Motorola One 5G Ace $349 ($14 per month with $13 down)
  • Motorola Moto g Pure $115 ($4 per month with $19 down)
  • Consumer Cellular ZMax 10 $119 ($4 per month with $23 down)
  • Consumer Cellular Avid 5G $79 ($2 per month with $31 down)

I used to be a Consumer Cellular customer for a while when I used to personally test some of their phones. After I stopped, they sent me this ad below a few years ago (as you can tell from the camera features). You can see the Readers' Choice PC Magazine award badge in the upper left corner of the ad.

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Other Devices

Consumer Cellular carries a few other devices. One is the Grandpad, a tablet-like device which can also make phone call. It is designed to help seniors (grandparents presumably) keep in touch with their friends and family. The Grandpad is set up so someone else in the family can set it up remotely so that the person using it doesn't have to bother. This can include setting up the contacts.

Flip Phone $59

Consumer Cellular still carries one flip phone, the Link II for $59. From the picture it does appear to have relatively large buttons to make it easier to dial. 

Easy to Use Doro 626 Phone $50

The Doro Phoneasy 626 was a successor to the Doro 410. This is an easy-to-use phone with large buttons. it is also available in two colors. It doesn't appear to be available anymore from Consumer Cellular, so  if you're interested in something like this, you may want to consider the Jitterbug flip phone as well.

Doro 826 SmartEasy $100

The Doro 826 was an easy to use Android smartphone designed for seniors. This means that it came with a separate easy to use interface similar to that of the Jitterbug smartphone. This, too, is not currently available from Consumer Cellular..

Usage App

You can install their own Usage App on these Android phones, so that you can manage your account from the phone itself. If you receive a usage alert, you can upgrade your account from the phone itself (or limit your usage until the end of the billing period).

Home Phone Base

The Consumer Cellular Home Phone Base allows you to add your home phone line to your cellular account. You can keep your number and keep using your home phone handset.

Guarantee

You can use your phone for up to 30 minutes or 30 days (45 days and minutes for AARP members) and still send it all back and get a refund for everything.

Or Just Get a SIM card Instead

You can now get a SIM card that you can use with an unlocked GSM phone. This means you're not limited to choosing from the phones they currently offer. The SIM card is free if you purchase online, and there's no activation fee. The SIM card kit comes with complete instructions and there's also a video.

No More Activation Fees

There used to be a $35 activation fee which made the prices of the phones seem cheaper. These fees have been removed. Now the entire cost of your phone purchase is refundable if you cancel within the refund period. Earlier, the activation fee was non-refundable.


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