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Consumer Cellular? #4430776
06/13/17 09:50 PM
06/13/17 09:50 PM
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Pacific NW USA
GemStater Offline OP
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Pacific NW USA
I've been hearing their ads on the radio. We're currently with AT&T. When I compare plans it would appear we could cut our bill by nearly half by switching to Consumer Cellular. Does anyone have any experience with Consumer Cellular?


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430787
06/13/17 10:12 PM
06/13/17 10:12 PM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
Been with them for 2 years. Great company, very reasonable prices. They use the AT&T network so great coverage and speeds.

Not a single complaint.

Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430792
06/13/17 10:40 PM
06/13/17 10:40 PM
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Maryland USA
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Maryland USA
Just a warning- some of the 2nd and 3rd tier cell providers specialize in customers with mid to poor credit, so their plans tend to be both more restrictive and possibly more expensive than a similar plan from AT&T, VZ , T-Mobile or Sprint. Be very careful in comparing plans so you do not get stuck with hidden fees, and be educated on any subsidy of the cell phone itself. I have no specific knowledge of Consumer Cellular. Cricket is now owned by AT&T. Boost Mobile is another option. AT&T is making a big push into Mexico, Central America, and bundling options with Direct TV.

AT&T overall has a more modern network and underlying technology (GSM), and provides better compatibility with the rest of the world. VZ (CDMA) tends to provide better coverage in some rural areas that AT&T ignores because they will never be profitable. Check all providers coverage maps and see which is best in the areas you are most concerned about, including home and work. If your willing to allow roaming then these differences become less critical, assuming the phone works with another major carrier.

(I was focusing on North America only) .

Last edited by rubberchicken; 06/13/17 10:51 PM.
Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430801
06/13/17 11:00 PM
06/13/17 11:00 PM
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Gulf Coast, MS
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Gulf Coast, MS
Never used them myself but a lot of the second tier mobile companies do not own any towers of their own. Which is fairly obvious to most people but in a majority of cases the big 4 have deals with other providers (basically roaming). When a customer of their is out of service they can use the service of another company to get signal in that area.

All the large companies do it and rarely does this feature get used on a lower tier provider. So some people in some areas may get good signal near you and have AT&T so you think AT&T is good in your area. You go out and get a Cricket or GoPhone and you have no service.

People don't expect this and take it as a surprise since AT&T is AT&T but all the big 4 rely on other providers in many places. You don't get this feature so you should keep it in mind.

Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430815
06/13/17 11:23 PM
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South Florida
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South Florida
Here is a list of cell providers and what towers they use. Good for comparison shopping.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_virtual_network_operators


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430835
06/14/17 12:03 AM
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WA (USA)
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WA (USA)
Go to howardsforum and check out MVNO section. Research MVNO. In my home and work area AT&T-based MVNOs are excellent, but on a cross-country trip, it may be dead in certain areas, e.g. Wyoming, Nebraska.


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430870
06/14/17 04:03 AM
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MD
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In my area they provided outstanding coverage and cheap pricing.
Thrilled with them!

Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430878
06/14/17 04:32 AM
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Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania
Had CC for years now. We are very happy with them.


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430880
06/14/17 04:34 AM
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Monroe,CT
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Monroe,CT
I switched to CC from AT&T, no change in coverage area or reception, my bill is 100 dollars cheaper per month with the same cell/text/data plan, VERY HAPPY !


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430934
06/14/17 06:37 AM
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Northern NJ
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Helped some older folks switch away from them recently. (they moved and AT&T tower reception didn't work in their new home) I found their practices in making it difficult to port the numbers out as unconscionable. They required details from the new company (Puppy wireless using verizon which I think is great) that no other requires- I am confident it is designed to make hard to leave (with your phone # at least.).. even if the service is good, this practice makes me not want anyone to deal with them.


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4430942
06/14/17 06:47 AM
06/14/17 06:47 AM
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Lemont IL
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Lemont IL
Very satisfied customer here. No problem with customer service and I love my Motorola smart phone. Bill with taxes, and I pay the highest in the nation, runs around $23. A month.


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: rubberchicken] #4430994
06/14/17 07:40 AM
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1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
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Originally Posted By: rubberchicken
Just a warning- some of the 2nd and 3rd tier cell providers specialize in customers with mid to poor credit, so their plans tend to be both more restrictive and possibly more expensive than a similar plan from AT&T, VZ , T-Mobile or Sprint. Be very careful in comparing plans so you do not get stuck with hidden fees, and be educated on any subsidy of the cell phone itself.


There is no hidden fee with Consumer Cellular. Check them out! A top notch company with lower rates - carrying the ATT Coverage Network.


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: deanm11] #4431004
06/14/17 07:45 AM
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1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
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Originally Posted By: deanm11
Helped some older folks switch away from them recently. (they moved and AT&T tower reception didn't work in their new home) I found their practices in making it difficult to port the numbers out as unconscionable. They required details from the new company (Puppy wireless using verizon which I think is great) that no other requires- I am confident it is designed to make hard to leave (with your phone # at least.).. even if the service is good, this practice makes me not want anyone to deal with them.


Its rare when Verizon coverage works and ATT doesn't, for ATT gives you the 2nd best coverage in America.

If you live where coverage is difficult, then Verizon is your best bet. But again, a rare bird these days.... hardly ever occurs. I've taken my Consumer Cellular coverage and their cheap default flip phone all over Eastern and Midwest USA. If I lost coverage on any particular day, so did the Verizon phones I was nearby with..

Last edited by Triple_Se7en; 06/14/17 07:46 AM.

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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4431010
06/14/17 07:50 AM
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N.H, U.S.A.
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N.H, U.S.A.
I'm a recent new smart phone holdout. I Had to cave to the sick trend as my 2G service got shutdown.

$35 a month on Cricket Wireless, unlimited** data, talk. Nokia Lumia windows phone for 30 bucks no contract.

Not too bad.

** Its likely a few Gb before throttling but I only chew up about 300Mb a month.


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Re: Consumer Cellular? [Re: GemStater] #4431030
06/14/17 08:09 AM
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Mahzurrah!
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My parents have it. They like it, but their cell needs are extremely basic. I believe they mostly target older folks as their market (my folks are in their mid seventies) and it works well for them.

Probably not a good choice if you are a techie gee whiz and whiz bang kinda person.


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