Consumer Cellular

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Doesn’t everyone just love Consumer Cellular?

With their “affordable” pricing, and 100% U.S. based customer support. Well, they may have AARP discounts, but that doesn’t mean that their the cheapest option available. In my opinion, after looking at the pricing on tons and tons of MVNOs, they have terrible prices. For example, to get just 1,500 minutes, it costs you $20, taxes and fees not included!! With something like Twigby, you can get unlimited talk and text for $15 a month! Yes, Twigby runs off the Sprint network, but they have talk and text roaming. Consumer cellular has even worse data pricing, and for some reason, they bundle texting and data together. For example, unlimited texting with 1.5GB of data costs you another $20! That means that for 1,500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 1.5GB of data, you’d be paying $40, and that doesn’t even include taxes or fees. What about the AARP discount? Fine, take $2 off(yes, that’s all you get), and you’re still paying $38. Does that seem like a good deal? If you think that it is, you obviously haven’t read my other posts yet :-). With MetroPCS, you can get unlimited talk, text with 2GB of data for $30, taxes and fees included. That’s $8-$10 off a month, if you don’t add taxes and fees!! In order to save money over MetroPCS, you’d need a plan like 1,500 minutes, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data to save $1.50(if you don’t have to pay taxes) a month with AARP, without AARP , it costs $30, the same as MetroPCS, but without taxes and fees included. Their cheapest plan(with data and texting) is $17.50 and has only 250 minutes, 300 texts, and 30MB of data. Yes, you could get pay as you go minutes for $10, but then you have to pay 25 cents per minute, which is overpriced(you’d pay less when roaming internationally with T-Mobile One). With Twigby, for just $17, you can get 500 minutes, unlimited texting and 500MB of data, which is twice the minutes, more than 16 times the data, and infinitely more texting for less. Well, what about Consumer Cellular’s family plans? For just $10 more, you can share your talk, text and data. Well, for just two people, you’re going to want at least 1,500 minutes(the only other option is 250 for both people to share), unlimited texts, and 1.5GB of data to share, at it will cost you $50, $47.50 with the AARP discount. But remember, that doesn’t include taxes, and taxes will easily make that more than $50. With MetroPCS, you can get unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data per line for $50, taxes and fees included.

 

The verdict: Unless you use less than 250 minutes, 300 texts, and 30MB, then Consumer Cellular won’t save you any money.

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