No-Contract Consumer Cellular Wireless Plans

How to decide which Consumer Cellular plan is best for you

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Consumer Cellular pioneered the no-contract cellular business model for casual users, but in 2008, it partnered with AARP. Since that time, the majority of Consumer Cellular's user base consists of people over 50. The company has been praised for the simplicity of its plans.

Consumer Cellular Plans

Selecting a plan is as simple as picking one talk plan and one connect (text and data) plan. Consumer Cellular offers four talk plans and six connect plans. Because there is no contract, you can change your plan whenever you want.

Nationwide Talk Plans

Every talk plan includes nationwide phone calls, voicemail and call waiting. You can add a friend or family member to your account to share the minutes, texts and web data for $10 per month (as of July 2017). The plans are:

  • Billed Per Use $10 per month plus 25 cents per minute used
  • 250 Minutes for $15 per month
  • 1500 Minutes for $20 per month
  • Unlimited Minutes for $30 per month

Connect Plans

Add an optional connect plan to your talk plan for text and data capabilities. With a Connect plan, you can browse the internet for news, apps, entertainment and social media. You'll be able to share images easily. Consumer Cellular connect plans are:

  • 300 texts and 30 MB web data for $2.50 per month
  • 2,000 texts and 200 MB web data for $5 per month
  • Unlimited texts and 500 MB web data for $10 per month
  • Unlimited texts and 1.5 GB web data for $20 per month
  • Unlimited texts and 3 GB web data for $30 per month
  • Unlimited texts and 5 GB web data for $40 per month

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. There are no activation fees. If you choose to buy a phone from Consumer Cellular, you can select from extremely affordable budget phones or mid- to high-end smartphones, including the most recent iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones.

Other Charges

The plans are priced before taxes. Your bill will include any federal, state and local taxes for your area. These can range from 15 percent to 35 percent of your bill depending on your locale. Other charges can occur if you make 411 calls, international calls or texts, calls from cruise ships, or content downloads from the internet.

Perks for AARP Members

AARP members receive additional perks:

  • Monthly discounts on service and usage
  • A 30-percent discount on all accessories
  • An extended risk-free guarantee