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LAST UPDATED: May 24th, 2022
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3 Things to Look for in a Cell Phone Provider

  1. Coverage  — Look for a cell phone provider that has 4G LTE/5G coverage nationwide and check online for possible deadzone areas.
  2. Affordable Plans — Look for a company that offers multiple plans in an affordable price range. Check to see if the plan offers unlimited talk and enough data to cover your needs.
  3. Device Options  — Look for a cell phone provider that provides service to different types of devices including tablets, smart watches, flip phones, and major smartphone brands.

Consumer Cellular is a small, no-contract mobile phone provider that offers low-cost cell phone plans starting at $20 per month (not including tax or data add-on) for unlimited texts and 250 minutes. From there, plans can be customized to include unlimited minutes and data amounts up to 25 GB per month per line for customers who want to take advantage of app downloads, high definition video, and other uses of the 5G, 4G LTE, 4G, and 3G network. For Consumer Cellular's most advanced plan of two phone lines, unlimited talk, and 25 GB of data, you'll pay around $75 per month.

The company is especially dedicated to meeting the needs of users who are 50 and older, offering AARP members exclusive discounts on its services and Connect plans that sync well with flip phone devices if preferred. Plus, a completely U.S. based customer service team is trained to help inexperienced cellphone users learn how to get the most out of their service and device.

Partnering with well-known brands and retailers, Consumer Cellular phones include nationwide coverage, and its services are located in Target stores nationwide.

Because Consumer Cellular is a budget-friendly cell phone provider, its offerings come up short when compared to other larger-scale companies. For example, Consumer Cellular does not offer unlimited data plans. If you want unlimited data, Consumer Cellular is not the provider for you.

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The Good

  • No-Contract Plans
  • Affordable Plans
  • Unlimited Text
  • Coverage Area
  • Device Options
  • EasyPay Service
  • Mobile App
  • Great Overall Benefits
  • Risk-Free Trial

No-Contract Plans

Consumer Cellular offers no-contract Talk and Connect plans with straightforward benefits.

Additionally, all of the Connect monthly plans include unlimited text messaging. Customers can add phone lines to their plan for $15/month to share minutes, text and data. There are never any additional fees or charges for switching plans if you need more or less from the service. Consumer Cellular has a great option for low-cost family plans, especially for those who don't use phones very often.

You can try Consumer Cellular risk-free for 30 days. If you aren't satisfied, the company won't charge you for that time.

Affordable Plans

Consumer Cellular offers a variety of affordable data plan options that customers can choose from. Its website breaks it down into the number of lines you want, the talk plan you prefer, and the amount of data you want. You choose which option you want from each category and Consumer Cellular's website will give you an immediate estimate on your monthly bill. Here's a breakdown of your options:

  • Phone Lines — One line included in the cost or two lines for $15 per month
  • Talk Plans — 250 minutes of talk for $15 per month or unlimited talk for $20 per month
  • Connect Plans — 500 MB for $5 per month, 3 GB for $10 per month, 10 GB for $20 per month, 15 GB for $30 per month, or 25 GB for $40 per month. All Connect Plans include unlimited text.

If you're a customer wanting one phone line, unlimited talk, and the maximum 25 GB of data, you'll pay around $60 per month.

If you are a customer wanting two lines, unlimited talk, and the maximum 25 GB of data, you'll pay a monthly price of around $75 per month.

Unlimited Text

Although Consumer Cellular makes customers pay more for unlimited talk and additional data, you do not have to pay for unlimited text. Unlimited text is included with all of Consumer Cellular plans. This makes unlimited talk and text for one line $20 per month without data and $60 per month with the maximum 25 GB of data.

Coverage Area

Consumer Cellular coverage is nationwide and only involves a few spotty patches in the Midwest.

Most of the 4G LTE/5G coverage area includes High-Definition Voice coverage, also called wideband voice, which provides clear audio and reduces background noise. It should be noted that Consumer Cellular utilizes multiple wireless networks that vary depending on geographic area and so precise coverage areas from your network may not be determined until you sign up for service.

If you want to check Consumer Cellular coverage in your area, you can do so on the company's website. All you need to do is enter your zip code, and Consumer Cellular will tell you if you're covered. It will also provide you with a coverage map of the entire united states. For exact coverage details, you can drop a pin anywhere on the coverage map.

Device Options

Depending on plan preferences and mobile device needs, Consumer Cellular has a wide array of mobile device options available. Consumer Cellular phones include basic flip-phones for calling and texting, the GrandPad (a senior-friendly tablet), and smartphones for customers who plan on downloading and using apps. Samsung smartphones, Android phones, and iPhones are all compatible with Consumer Cellular coverage and plans.

Customers also have the option to simply use their current mobile phone (under certain conditions) when signing up for a new Consumer Cellular plan. The company provides a free SIM card that is easy to switch out and there are no activation fees for Consumer Cellular phones. It should be noted that in order to be compatible with the SIM card, the phone needs to be:

  • a Consumer Cellular phone
  • a phone previously used with AT&T or T-Mobile (includes Apple and Android phone options and more
  • an unlocked phone (GSM)

It is possible to use a previous phone number, but it depends on the location and the old service provider.

When purchasing a device from Consumer Cellular, customers can choose between a new phone or a certified pre-owned phone if one is available. Certified pre-owned phones are phones that were returned by customers in the 30-day guarantee period and are restored to original factory settings.

EasyPay Service

It also offers an EasyPay service where you can make monthly payments to pay off more expensive phones like iPhones or Android smartphones. Consumer Cellular does not charge interest or additional fees. Customers can make early payments or pay off the remaining balance at any time.

Mobile App

The My CC app gives users the following capabilities:

  • View minutes and data usage
  • Change billing preferences
  • Switch monthly plan if needed
  • Switch to paperless billing options
  • Pay monthly bill
  • Chat with customer service reps
  • View AARP membership card

Great Overall Benefits

Because the company targets retirees, the cellular service plans tend to be very inexpensive for those who aren't looking for a lot of data, text messaging, or minutes. WiFi calling is supported on iPhone models 5C and newer as well as most Android smartphones. Consumer Cellular has no fees for any of their services, and because they have no contracts, there is no activation fee.

AARP member benefits include:

  • 5 percent off monthly fees and usage charges
  • 30 percent off select accessories

Risk-Free Trial

Consumer Cellular offers a 100 percent risk-free trial for all of its customers. If you decide you no longer want Consumer Cellular's services or products within 30 days of purchase, you can request a full refund. This makes Consumer Cellular completely risk free and gives customers peace of mind that they don't have to be locked into its services if they decide to opt out within the first month.

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The Bad

  • Limited Data Plans
  • Additional Phone Line Cost
  • Cap on Roaming Charges
  • Poor Consumer Cellular Reviews

Limited Data Plans

Consumer Cellular is designed to benefit those who want a cell phone, but do not plan on using a lot of data. For those who want basic minutes and text messaging capabilities, Consumer Cellular is a good provider.

However, if a potential customer wants to use a phone to frequently stream videos and music, surf the internet, utilize email, and communicate via social media apps, this company likely isn't the best choice. Consumer Cellular doesn't offer unlimited data-the highest plan includes only 25 GB of data.

Additional Phone Line Cost

Consumer Cellular family plans cost an additional $15 for every added phone line on your plan. Although an added price per phone line is common with most cell phone providers, typically it is less than $15 per month.

With many cell phone companies, having more phone lines on your plan makes your cell phone coverage cheaper. If you don't want to pay $15 for every phone line you want on your plan, we suggest looking into other cell phone providers.

Cap on Roaming Charges

While Consumer Cellular attaches lower international roaming charges than leading cell phone companies like Verizon and T-Mobile (30 cents versus 99 cents per minute of talk), the company also places strict monetary caps on roaming, disabling the phone once roaming charges have reached or exceeded $100 for the monthly billing cycle. While this measure is intended to protect the customer from racking up hundreds of dollars in roaming fees, the cap may be inconvenient to some.

Poor Consumer Cellular Reviews

Although Consumer Cellular has some competitive offerings with a low price and no required contract, consumers haven't given the company many accolades. Consumer Cellular reviews are mostly negative, giving the cell phone provider a low overall consumer rating.

Consumer Cellular reviews rank decent for value for your money but for quality of product and service, customer service, and company trustworthiness, the company falls short. One of the main customer complaints that shows up again and again in reviews is unresponsive and unreliable customer service and technical support, many reviews noting you are either neglected completely or passed around from person to person when trying to receive help.

With the issues Consumer Cellular reviews reveal, customers don't seem to think the low price is worth the bad service.

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The Bottom Line

This is one of the best prepaid phone service carriers on the market for consumers seeking simplicity and flexibility in a phone plan. If you need to adjust your talk or data amounts or add or remove a phone line, there are no fees to make those changes. You can also have unlimited talk and text for a monthly price of $20 for one phone line (this excludes data).

Consumer Cellular customers can expect reasonable pricing (based on limited services), a month-to-month payment platform, quality coverage nationwide, and plan flexibility.

Consumer Cellular is a great option for those who don't need a lot of data but want ample minutes and messages available to spend time talking or texting. The carrier has excellent AARP member benefits and has comparable coverage to the GSM networks it uses, T-Mobile and AT&T.

Perhaps most noteworthy is that Consumer Cellular service is month to month, so you can cancel at any time. Consumer Cellular's customer service is also based in the United States and generally responds promptly to customers.

You can try Consumer Cellular risk-free for 30 days. If you aren't satisfied, the company won't charge you for the time you joined.

However, along with these pros, there are definitely some cons to Consumer Cellular. Consumer Cellular charges $15 for every added phone line on your plan. Many cell phone companies offer better discounts the more lines you add on your plan. If you're a customer wanting more than two phone lines on your plan, you may have better savings with another cell phone provider.

Consumer Cellular coverage also does not include an unlimited plan for data. This makes the service difficult for customers not wanting a limit on how much data they can use.

Lastly, Consumer Cellular reviews are mostly negative, the majority of them highlighting poor customer service.

If you want a no-contract cell phone plan with a small number of phone lines and up to 25 GB or data, Consumer Cellular may be a good provider for you.

However, if you want discounted family plans and if a low price and limited data is not worth poor customer service, we suggest looking into other cell phone providers.

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Linda Gant Niles, MI

Terrible experience! Worst company for Senior citizens to deal with. Had to have a password for everything-too much time to spend on setting up phone. Senior citizens should not have to deal with complicated instructions in order to use the phone. This company IS NOT geared for the Senior citizen. The commercials make it seem so easy-it is NOT. This was an awful and frustrating experience for us.

2 days ago

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Sam Conley Beaverton, OR

Lied to me. Told me phone I ordered would ship right away and would work as soon as I "Set it up." That was the phrase chat representative used. "Set it up." To Consumer Cellular, set it up means follow these steps: 1. Receive phone. Yeah, it did arrive in a couple days as representative promised. 2. Look for charger. 3. Come to realization that no charger is included in the package. 4. Go to Samsung Customer Service web site. (Couldn't call - Had no phone.) 5. Get told charger is not included in package. Must be ordered separately. 6. Order charger. Pay fee, even though you already paid $250 for phone. 7. Wait another week for charger to get delivered. There might be more to "Set it up." I don't know because I have to wait several more days for charger. I'm sure if I talked to someone from Consumer Cellular, he would say, "Did the representative tell you a charger was included." Me: "No. Didn't think to ask." Consumer Cellular: "Well there ya go, boy. You ain't go reason to complain." In my book, Consumer Cellular representative told a blatant lie. "All ya gotta do is set it up." If nothing else, he could have warned me no charger was included. I wouldn't have liked it, but at least I could have ordered it at same time as phone and gotten it sooner. Consumer Cellular is a slimy, dishonest company. I will never forget this filthy, filthy trick they played on me. Nor will I forgive.

1 week ago

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P. K. Terry Congerville, IL

Signing up with Consumer Cellular has been an arduous task to say the least. When I checked to make sure our current unlocked phones were compatible with their service, I was told yes. Fifteen phone calls, 20 days later, and being told I needed to drive 50 miles round trip to see a representative that was not even working, a non Consumer Cellular employee told me my Samsung S7 was not. About every 10-12 calls to Customer Service, you will get someone that actually knows what they are talking about (such as Tess and LaVern. The rest of the time, you get totally new employees that don't know what they are talking about. I do appreciate they are saving me money on my cellular service, but the hassle is unforgiveable!

3 weeks ago

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Antoinette Canser Milwaukee, WI

my mom was with Consumer Cellular, for some years.My mom ended up with Dementia,she lost her first phone,i went and got another,after losing that one also, i contacted consumer cellular,explain to them the problem,asked if they stop payment coming out her monthly check,they said okay.As time went on ,i was getting notices stating they were still taking money out her account , they told me that she still had the phone ,i told them she dont have it she lost it,then i thought what are they talking about i had forgot that fast that i went brought that phone from target,now they think they are going to get away with taking that money for almost over a year ,thats just wrong.i had to literally go close out the account in order for them to stop taking her money,Who really is for the seniors its hard to see!That phone had not been used in over a year!im looking into getting me a lawyer,It is time people stop taking advantage of the senior's .Stop the madness,they pave the way for all of us now lets do them anykind of way not my BABY!

2 weeks ago

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cameron Macdonald Miami, FL

Had consumer cellular for almost 2 years. I have had excessive phone problems to which customer service was never able to resolve. One, the phone only worked on speaker, another I couldn’t get rid of an amber alert and customer service told me I needed to factory reset my phone only for me to figure it out once I got off the phone. Several other issues but those are two. Additionally whenever I call, they demand that I verify the account to troubleshoot problems. This couldn’t be more irrelevant except for verifying what phone it is. Last time I called I was so worked up, I asked to speak to supervisor but after a hold, the representative spoke to a supervisor instead of transferring me as I asked. Then and only then was he given “permission” to troubleshoot the issue with me. I’m amazed how a phone company can exist without any stores where customers can get help from. Target is good for nothing except buying the phone. I will strongly discourage anyone from choosing this horrible service.

3 weeks ago

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ExposingBadCompanies Lansing, MI

I got a plan and a phone with Consumer Cellular. The phone I got never worked properly from the start. I tried factory resetting a couple of times, and finally got around to calling them. They told me I needed to factory reset. I said I already did. They said I needed to do it within a week of the call. So I just said screw it and figured I'd call back later (I didn't have time to deal with that). Anyway, a small piece of the swively part broke off randomly and I called about that and the issue I was having with the keys either not working or acting as though I hit them 3-4 times with each press. They mentioned the swively part break was a defect and they'd replace it. Okay, cool. Well, I ended up getting a used phone, which is unacceptable considering I bought a new phone and it didn't work properly from the start. Not only that though, it was absolutely disgusting and had scuffing on the screen (though they told me if the one I return had any scratches, I'd have to pay for this used garbage so not sure how that works). Anyway, that's absolutely ridiculous that I pay for a new phone, get a defective phone, and then get a used phone to replace it, and it wasn't cleaned and was in bad condition. I would avoid.

3 weeks ago

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Dennis Shafer La Crosse, WI

WE WERE WITH CONSUMER CELLULAR FOR 3 YEARS. WE LEFT MINNESOTA FOR KEY WEST ON MARCH 4TH. WE HAD SERVICE MARCH 4TH AND 5TH. ON MARCH 6TH ON OUR DRIVE TO KEY WEST WE HAD NO SERVICE THE REST OF 2 WEEKS OF VACATION. WHEN I ARRIVED AT KEY WEST I TRIED TO CONTACT CONSUMER CELLULAR. I WAITED OVER 45 MINUTES ON HOLD. TRIED CHATTING AND WAS NUMBER 68TH IN LINE THERE. COULD NOT REACH THEM THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MARCH. ON MARCH 29TH WENT TO TARGET IN ROCHESTER MN AND TALKED TO THE CONSUMER CELLULAR REP THERE. HE WAS IN TOUCH WITH CONSUMER CELLULAR AND TRIED DIFFERENT THINGS INCLUDING PUTTING IN NEW SIM CARDS. NOTHING WORKED. WENT TO T-MOBILE ON APRIL 1ST AND THEY INSTALLED NEW SIM CARDS AND EVERYTHING WORKED IMMEDIATELY. NEVER EVER WILL I USE CONSUMER CELLULAR AGAIN

4 weeks ago

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OP Games Warner Robins, GA

I have had a Consumer Celluar subscription for a couple of years. I have always been satisfied with it until the last two months. In that time my data plan usage has started to show usage every dat and even to the point of having to move up to a higher level due to data usage. I DO NOT USE DATA ON THIS PLAN. I never go on the internet with this plan but for some reason my data usage keeps creeping to the limit every month. I called customer service and was met with a very sarcastic and nasty rep (said she was a tech) but all she keep telling me was I am using data. Could not explain why I suddenly after two years has started using all this data. WATCH OUT. Seems to be a systemic way of increasing receivables for the company. I dropped both my text and data coverage and just left talk due to this obvious company attempt to increase profits. So far they are the cheapest available for one phone with talk just to use in emergencies (as far as I know) so I will shop around for sure.

1 month ago

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R M Aldie, VA

I am with Consumer Cellular for last one month. Coverage is good. Customer service is miserable takes more than an hour, timings of the customer support is like office hours (9-5) not exactly 9-5 but not like 18 hours customer support forget about 24 hours support. This is the worst experience I had so far. My billing cycle is activated the day I purchased SIM online and it took 5 days to reach me then I immediately activated. But none of the Customer support could fix it since the day one. All they say is wait until first bill is generated then call us again (spend another hour to reach us).

1 month ago

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Jay Pao Queens, NY

Aside from the connection issues that occurred prior to the pandemic, the service really sucks during this difficult time. My phone won't ring when others call me and the voicemail was delayed more than half a day. Lately, the data functions really plummeted! Webpages won't load when you are away from home. All of this keeps happening even after I call its tech support, which is practically useless, several times recently with absolutely no improvement after I reset my phone and they supposedly did their part on its server end. Today I was using my gas app outside and it won't load and I had to hold the line and reboot the phone, losing all my notifications, some of them I needed urgently. I'm thinking of switching to another carrier. Sick and tired of talking to them.

1 month ago

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RanDanger Moline, IL

I’ve has CC for two years. I’m pleased with their coverage. Streaming videos on mobile devices works well. Using phones as hotspot is able to do Zoom meeting well. I got Consumer Cellular Home Base in March, 2022. Call quality is OK. When the phone rings I have 3 rings to answer the phone before it transfers to voicemail. Not enough time for a home phone. I looked for hours on line to find out how to change this only to have CC tell me I can’t do that myself. I have to call their service center, tell an agent I want more rings. However, it isn’t a number of rings, it is a number of seconds limited to 30 seconds at most. They then call AT&T, the actual CC carrier, and place an order with AT&T to change the time. It still isn’t enough time. CC caters to the elderly but this isn’t enough time for an elderly person to walk across the room to get to the phone before VM picks up the call. I had to wait over 1 hour one time I called CC. Not acceptable for a “consumer” oriented company.

2 months ago

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MICHAEL S ROSS Sherman, TX

The phone service is excellent. The phone reception is excellent. But it's impossible to do business with Consumer Cellular. They wine about the crippling pandemic and how it has affected their business and reduced the number of employees. I waited two hours (2 [email protected]@!!!) for someone to answer my call today 3/6. Finally, I had to end the call. So I was fed up and tried to email them, using the published on-line email address. Seconds later I got a message stating the email address is unresponsive. So I tried using their chat program. I found I was 21st in line. I entered my "chat" and found that I had to wait (FOR 21 CHATTERS!!!!!!!!!!!) FOR A RESPONSE. I am ready to try another phone server. Consumer Cellular should add 50 cents to every customer's bill and hire enough phone operators to do the job.

2 months ago

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Verne Tyler Monroe, NC

I used to have Verizon while in Massachusetts- $119.00 a month...good service. I moved to North Carolina in 2014....and hooked up with T-Mobile. No dropped calls, but trying to pay my $49.95 a month bill was horrific...every month! - I used no more than 2 gigabytes of date every month for 6 years. I logged online to pay and was rerouted because "We don't recognize your password". They made me change my password almost every month and it would take me a half hour to pay the bill! I finally logged onto Conusmer Cellular to see what was available. I was surprised to see that I could get $100.00 off ($5.00 a month off my bill for 20 months) to sign up. I get 3 gigabytes a month - which is one gig more than I ever used at T-Mobile. So, for that, I'm paying $20.00 a month or $359.40 LESS per year. For $7.00 more, they sent me a brand new Galaxy A12 Android cell phone...so for $27.00 a month (instead of $49.95), I'm enjoying all that I ever had with either Verizon or T-Mobile...and I have a beautiful, larger cell phone with 4 cameras in it! I was so happy with it that I'm featuring it on my YouTube channel with over 2,500 subscribers.....at/jtylermusic.

4 months ago

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Goomer East Weymouth, MA

They stink. At first they signed me up for a useless plan that if you used it you were going to go over the limit and they would you up to the next plan. They never set up my voicemail for weeks until I inquired. I transfered out and made sure everything was settled and now they are trying to Bill me for 2 extra months that I paid for.

1 week ago

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archie lee West Helena, AR

Went on a cruise to Mexico like I've been doing for 20 years connected phone to ships wifi used my phone One time for about 40 minutes get home 2 months later Cc charged my account for 497dollars all hell broke loose checks bouncing needless to say 35 dollars a pop,now they want 323 dollars for the final bill I paid 120 a month before the fiasco so what's this for, no text or email to tell me they were charging me now my credit will take a big hit I'm not paying anymore,my advise is to never allow any cell phone company to charge your card automatically for the bill, companies don't care

2 weeks ago

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lawrence raymond El Cajon, CA

In the process of "reconfiguring" my phone from 3G to 4G Consumer Cellumlar destroyed the phone. It never worked again! Despite telling me that I did NOT need a new phone at the time, my phone dropped all calls immediately; and my texting was severely limited- other people were unable to text me! After repeated efforts to fix my phone I was told by two different Supervisors at the company that repair "tickets" would be sent to AT&T and that I would be contacted. I never was contacted and I had NO phone service for three weeks! Now Consumer Cellular is trying to collect $62.00 in closing costs for "service"! I estimate that I spent "9" hours on hold with this company in order to get help with related problems. At no time were they capable of doing anything but run me around in a circle. I ended up buying a new phone and arranging service with a first line carrier. The single worst experience with a company in my life

1 month ago

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Rod Gary GA

I called them twice in December to assure I would not have roaming charges when I traveled overseas during the holidays. The person I spoke with 12/22/21 said "you are all set up". In March, 2022 I received a $482 bill from Consumer Cellular. I made 6 calls over 3 days to get the bill corrected. A "supervisor " said their employee should have asked me more questions but would not correct the bill. I moved my cell phone provider as soon as I found one I hoped has Ethics and integrity. Do not believe the CC marketing. After being an 8 year customer they acted a bit shocked that I would change providers. Karma is......

1 month ago

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Blue Basset San Antonio, TX

Customer service team just doesn't know what they're talking about. I have a slightly more obscure phone (Asus Zenfone 6) which is compatible with both 4g/5g networks, and GSM and CDMA (when you google asus zenfone 6 it comes up with the international version which has only GSM, but I have the us version which has both) and was using it perfectly fine on their network until I ended up losing the sim card a day ago and called them to replace it. They ended up telling me my phone was no longer compatible with their network, which clearly wasn't the case as my calls and data both worked fine for 3+ years until I lost the sim card, and I told them that it must be an error in their database and asked if there was anyway to fix it, they said no, so I asked to speak to a manager, who also said no. It would've only taken a little extra effort on their part to fix this, kinda disappointed since customer service is supposed to be the thing they're good at, I might even be willing to go back to them if they fixed this problem but unfortunately since that doesn't seem to be the case I can't recommend them anymore and I'm gonna have to spend the rest of the day switching cellphone numbers.

1 month ago

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Ga Ba Dayton, OH

Consumer Cellular is running a scam. They advertise an unlimited data plan with up to 50 gigb high speed, than a slow down. But they will not honor this for their Connect Pad service which for some illogical reason they limit 35 gig then a slow down, which renders your pad useless., and without. One would think a pad device needs more high speed data than a phone! And they can get quite testy discussing this issue. Then they blame lack of gigabyte usage updates on cell towers polling delays. So, if you need a mobile pad with reliable data connectivity, better look elsewhere.

1 month ago

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R Hebert

Been a CC customer for 4-5 years. Always loved customer service before. The CSRs are still very pleasant and seem helpful but what they've told me and what's reality don't seem to match up anymore. Let's start with the CC/Target "partnership." CC CSRs will tell you that you can go to Target and someone there will help you with all kinds of things like transferring your contacts, content, etc. If you call or go in to Target, tho, they'll tell you they only activate your phone. It's like when one person thinks they're in a solid relationship and the other person is looking feeling used. The target folks have told me that CC will set up appointments for customers at times when there's nobody on duty at Target. (This came up because the person told me they leave at 4pm and don't work Sundays, and Target had offered me Sunday appointments as well as a 5pm appt for that day). Keep in mind, Target is your ONLY hope of having a human talk to you, in person, about your phone. Then there's this situation with my hotspot. I bought it from CC a while back. Probably early 2020. it's a ZTE hotspot, it has a CC sticker inside, and it says 4G on the outside (embossed into the phone). CC keeps telling me they can't promise they'll be able to support it because I bought it elsewhere. NOT TRUE. Then they tell me they won't be able to support it because it's a 3G device. NOT TRUE. Also, they no longer offer hotspots of any make. What looks like the truth here is that they wish they'd never sold or supported hotspots. I assume they're telling other customers the same story. This really had a negative impact on how I view this company. I got the ConnectPad. You can get unlimited data on it, for a price. I wouldn't mind that, if it shared that data with the hotspot. Guess what. No sharesies. Also, about the ConnectPad. No flashlight. If you've ever had your power go out, you know how handy that light on your cellphone can be. It's the one thing you have with you almost all the time. Also, I'm not crazy about the power button. That's how you bring your device back when it's asleep. But the button is small and not that easy to push, and it's right next to the volume button. So if you're trying to hear a caller better, it's possible you're going to mash that button by accident and completely turn off your phone in the middle of a call. I do like the charging dock, actually. My tablet slides right in, and the magnetic connector at the bottom keeps it in place. No fumbling with the usb connector, trying to figure out which way is up. But it's inconvenient to carry with you. So I'm looking around. I don't have very good coverage where I live, and the AT&T sim option has worked out for me. I really don't want to jump to AT&T. I wish Consumer Cellular would go back to being the nice company it was.

3 months ago

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Clive Damascus, MD

I have been very happy with Consumer Cellular, where I have enjoyed reliable service, low cost, and well-spoken, patient customer support reps. The support contact sometimes requires waiting for a callback at an appointed time. CC offers to provide service to a compatible phone of your own using a free SIM card. I saved $40 a month by paying $10 to CC for an additional line on my account and transferring my Verizon home number to the CC line. (The transfer of the phone number from most carriers is done in a few minutes, but took a week of waiting for Verizon to do their part.) CC resells service from other carriers. The overall quality of service you receive depends on performance of your phone, strength of the radio signal from a cell tower, network internal bandwidth and reliability, and complex computer systems (they manage technical operation, customer data, and business functions). Any error in this complex web is perceived as a failure of CC. (I wrote these comments in Nov 2021. I use voice more than data).

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Mayra Ortiz Orlando, FL

I have trouble sending text messages and sometimes I have trouble receiving messages so disappointment. The messages say there unable to send my messages . I almost dont have internet and this is been going on for a long time.

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That guy Wilmington, DE

Garbage coverage in most spots. Customer service was very nice but coverage issues remained. Cancelled service but then got surprise fees. Their coverage is very poor and phone didnt work well. They were excellent in threatening me with a bill collector. OOOh! Im so scared! The are great at collecting money for their garbage crappy inferior stupid service. I will tell everyone never to use this very poorly set up service. I would recommend using an old telegraph before signing up for this mess of a phone provider.

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Cokid22 Denver, CO

I had several problems trying to get service on my account through consumer cellular. Number one, their customer service is not US-based. Number two it took 40 minutes to get the information I needed. Three their customer service people do not either have the knowledge to help you or the authority to help you. Are used to have very good service. However it is poor now

1 month ago

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Charlet Estes Russellville, AR

The customer service is awful, rude people who put the "blame" on the customer (ie: the information given doesn't match so YOU will HAVE TO...blah blah blah), if you call to change or cancel your service, you really get treated like dung. I called to cancel because the phone I gave my mom was deemed incompatible with CC service and therefore I was being forced to go to another carrier, the representative was rude, and, be prepared, they charge 2 months service when you cancel. As well, I wanted to change the payment to my credit card so that my mom's account would not be charged for the last two payments, but he had already put in for the cancellation, therefore, they refused to change the payment method unless I reactivated her service, which would incur additional charges! They don't seem to understand that their business depends upon it's customers. I will NEVER be one of their customer/victims again!

2 months ago

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John Poop Jefferson City, MO

Customer service speak clear English but I've had several bad experiences. I've had to call over and over to get thru and then I've had to speak with them more than once to resolve the same issue. Most recently my call service was off for two weeks or more, and after spending more than 12 hours on various chats all they told me was it might be 24-48 hours and they'd contact me. 8 days later I started a chat and had the problem resolved in around an hour. So they left me hanging and acted like it was my fault asking if my phone was updated and if my data was on wasting my time over a series of a dozen or more attempts usually being disconnected from my screen turning off while I'm in the queue or them saying they couldn't do anything and they were sorry. But guess what they took out full payment for that month even though I couldn't use my phone for calls over half the month. 👎👎

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b Ulmer Palm Coast, FL

I've switched to their service 2 weeks ago and have no network service without resetting the network settings over and over. They tried to resolve the issue but have not after hours of talking to their technicians. They keep blaming it on the upgrade to the towers from 3G to 4G. I'm so disgusted that I have little or no service, I'm going to switch to another provider.

2 months ago

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David Paepke North Myrtle Beach, SC

GOT A REFURBUISHED PHONE DIRECTLY FROM CONSUMER CELLULAR. I ONLY GOT A SMART PHONE BECAUSE I HAD TO HAVE ONE TO USE APPS FOR WORK. MY FLIP PHONE FINALLY DIED. I ONLY USE MY CELL PHONE FOR EMERGENCIES. I PROBABLY USE IT FOR 30 MINUTES A YEAR. I WENT TO USE THIS SMART PHONE WHICH WAS OVER A YEAR OLD. THEY DIDN'T REMOVE THE INFORMATION FROM PREVIOUS USER SO I COULD NOT USE THE PHONE FOR MAKING CALLS. THEY EVEN ADMITTED IT WAS THEIR MISTAKE. SAID, "SORRY, YOU HAVE TO BUY A NEW PHONE". WE CAN'T REMOVE THE OLD INFORMATION. THE PHONE IS NOW LOCKED WITH PREVIOUS OWNERS' INFORMATION. THE PERSON WHO RETURNED IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DELETE ALL THEIR INFORMATION. BEFORE RETURNING IT. YOU CAN'T RETURN THE PHONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE HAD IT FOR OVER A YEAR. I CANCELED MY SERVICE. IT WAS THIER FAULT AND THEY WANTED ME TO BUY A NEW PHONE. GO WITH A CARRIER THAT CARES ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS (IF YOU CAN FIND ONE). THEY ALSO HAVE ALMOST NO ONE IN ALL THEIR TARGET STORES. NOW THEY ARE IN WALMART AND THEY HAVE NO ONE IN THOSE STORES EITHER. I WILL SWITCH TO ANOTHER CARRIER BECAUSE THERE ARE 4 PLACES THAT HAVE CORPORATE RETAIL STORES OFFICES WITHIN 3 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. IF I HAVE PROBLEMS, I HAVE SOMEONE TO SEE FACE TO FACE.

2 months ago

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dissatisfied Los Angeles, CA

Promised no contract/no penalty cancellation and a low price. Raised price almost immediately. Promise great service. It was always terrible, connection was never good but we used them so little that we hung on until they tried to coerce us into spending hundreds more dollars on their new phones and service we did not need or want. Told their phone rep no, cancelled, but kept getting billed. They sometimes didn't even get the bill to us until AFTER the due date, making it impossible to pay on time. At the end they refused the usual by-phone payments via credit card in order to force us to call and talk to their representatives who, as above, tried to coerce us into spending hundreds of dollars more for items we did not want.

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Scarlett Angel Globe, AZ

I had been with CC for many years. I paid by check since their customer service is terrible and they NEVER ANSWER A CALL. I called CS to say I had a sent a check but my bank called to say I had written it on a closed account. I called CC immediately and they had not yet (so they said) received the check. I paid my bill this time with my debit card and CS said they would not process the check. I got a notice a few days later that I owed the present month + a $25 charge for the RETURNED CHECK (They processed the check anyway) and demanded payment for the current month (Not Yet Overdue) plus $25 right then and there. They had already cancelled my service. They now are demanding $96.26 and will send it to collection if not paid!! I had been with their service for many years and never had a payment issue. They now are threatening collection against me when they would not accept a payment and then cancelled my service. An inquiry into this company will reveal they have terrible customer service. I called the month before to inquire if my current bill was for the past month or the new month. I called twice and was given a different answer from both sources. Think twice before falling for their advertising. Your service is actually with AT&T even though it is thru Consumer Cellular. Terrible Terrible Company!

2 months ago

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Mark D CO

I've been with CC for almost 10 years, and until a few months ago, they were pretty decent, but it's been Hell the last couple of months. First, they cut off my phone completely because I used 35Gig of my 50Gig monthly allotment, stating in a one way email that you can't reply to, due to their fears that there might be fraud on the line...no notice...nothing. This, of course, forced me to call these idiot morons to fix their mistake, which brings me to the next HEADACHE with CC....their hold times are in excess of 45 minutes to reach a rep IF THEY DONT HANG UP ON YOU FIRST...and you have to call them back waiting another 45 minutes, if you're lucky and not hung up on again, to speak with a rep. So we're now at an excess of an hour of my time for which I'm not being payed by these yahoos, waiting on hold to tell them about their mistake. So I finally get through to a live rep who then assists with the issue. I want to make it clear that it isn't the reps I'm angry with, but management. Unfortunately I can't get to management to wring their proverbial necks for executing a disconnect on a line that hasn't exceeded their data allotment. Now, I find that, "Oh, the reason why was because your package is at 35Gig...not 50Gig" What!? How the freak did that change!? I'm the admin of the account and never issued you that directive. I record all my phone calls and told them I could let them listen to the conversation about our package agreement, but NO, they don't want their lies to slap them in the face...so they fixed THEIR mistake. I'm now almost 2 hours into fixing something I didn't break. Next...I then order another line on the same account with a separate data plan and charged for it because I want the additional data (100Gig Per Month Total). At the end of the billing period, they throttle the new line me at 28Gig....22Gig under my 50Gig allotment! WTH!? Another round of calls to CC...'cause I have nothing better to do...to AGAIN, fix their mistake. Are you seeing a pattern here? Again, they pulled the same crap (keeping it decent) they did with my primary line stating that it was on a 35Gig Cap instead of a 50Gig Cap. Seriously 🤨? Would you like to listen to the recording I made of the discussion and agreement on the 50Gig package? Uh...NO. Again with the not being able to admit they were wrong. But they did what they were supposed to do to begin with and honor the 50Gig Cap...PER THE AGREEMENT... Next...this evening...AFTER THEY CLOSE THEIR CALL CENTER FOR THE NIGHT, they throttle my data after 1.2Gig of usage 🤨 You just can't make this crap (keeping it decent) up. In a nutshell, CC has gone from good to crap and I don't recommend them unless you like double talk, being lied to, waiting for hours on the phone to get a hold of someone to fix their mistakes. Yes, their plans are cheaper than most...which comes at a cost. The question you have to ask yourself is IF that cost difference is worth the PITA that it has turned out to be....

2 months ago

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Charles Whyte Durango, CO

Consumer Cellular, Inc.: You Will Pay for Their Mistakes Read the reviews. Check with the Better Business Bureau. My experience with them has been unfortunate. I ported my two mobile phone numbers to another carrier because of poor coverage, thereby cancelling my service with them. But Consumer Cellular continued to bill me for one of the two lines that was cancelled, because of a computer error. I called their customer disservice line (you cannot write to them; there is no published customer service email or address) and waited a very long time to be told that they would not correct that billing. They would continue to charge me for service that they knew was not provided. This is how I learned Consumer Cellular is not trustworthy and that their customer service personnel are poorly trained and unhelpful. I will not call them again. Fool me twice… Note, this was not an end-of-service proration issue. This was my being charged incorrectly for the last month (and again for the next month) of service on a line that was disconnected. And they were aware of that fact and intentionally refused to correct it at that time. Well, I did not pay that bill. And you wouldn’t either. So, Consumer Cellular charged me a late fee. A month later, the incorrect changes were mysteriously corrected and within 30-days of that correction, I paid them what I owed them which was the correct prorated charges for the last month of service. But I did not pay the late charge (you wouldn’t either). Now every month I get an invoice with a late charge for not paying the previous month’s late charge, which was bogus to begin with. Is that even legal? These compounding late charges are beginning to add up. I expect there is no way to stop this extorsion other than to pay it. They cheat me; they will cheat you.

3 months ago

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Coles Buchanan Gwynn, VA

The agents were very helpful. I had some hiccups with my service at the beginning, but after a couple of calls they were able to mostly straighten it out. However they did not know that AT&T would not support WIFI calling on my phone. So after a couple of weeks with AT&T, I decided to try T-Mobile. They did support wifi calling on my phone. However the overall coverage was not good enough for me so I canceled my Consumer Cellular plan. Thats where the problem began. My entire plan was going to be $19 a month. But since I canceled, I was charged $29.73 for "data overage". This on top of the $10 it cost me to get a T-Mobile sim card from Target. So for a "NO OBLIGATION" trial of a plan that was supposed to cost me $19 a month, I've got $39.73 invested on top of what I paid Verizon for the month, since I wasn't sure if this would work out. Not what I was expecting from their "Award Winning Customer Service". What I got was a supervisor who could only say that's company policy and apparently wasn't authorized to do anything.

3 months ago

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JM Wagner West Hurley, NY

Terrible customer support. NO Support! Since their Target in Kingston NY STOPPED there is None! Even though website still says they have a support person..

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Jayce Jay Stafford, TX

bad customer service....Monica in customer service displayed horrible customer service. I do not like having to call this company; long wait times...I also always seem to get a "double" bill

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Prayer Partner Jacksonville, FL

Aren't you always skeptical of the commercials and mailings that talk about such good deals? Well, Consumer did just what they said. We don't use the cellphone much so their bottom line of the 250 minutes with a starter contract was perfect. We used 12 of the minutes last month. But we do more texting and that's unlimited. We couldn't be happier. And they let you know if you get close to your alloted number on the internet access. Being the great company they are, they will bump you up to the next level (which is very few dollars) and bump you back down when the cycle starts over. So, you never EVER pay an "over the limit" fee. The commercial is right. Its the best cellphone offer around. Bar none,

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heather cox Chicago, IL

Nobody seems to have the proper amount of training to help any customer with any question they may have at all. I've had my new phone for a week and a half and I've talked to 10 different people about how to get my phone set up and every single person has given me a different answer and zero help at all. This is absolutely rediculous.. Shutting the economy down and giving everyone stimulus checks really made for a lazy society and zero customer service help anymore. Anywhere. Who knows if this will get resolved. Nobody's trained anywhere.

2 months ago

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Robert Cooney Mount Vernon, WA

It is unfortunate that you can’t leave a zero star review. One of the worst experiences I’ve ever had with a company. First and foremost, they are committing fraud. They told me there was coverage where I live and, Simply, there wasn’t. This was after trying for weeks and weeks to make it work. Switching out Sim cards, spending hours and hours on hold, talking to customer service… Wasting time. And, then, when they were unable to provide the service they promised, having the goal to charge me for what they couldn’t provide.

2 months ago

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Joyce LaPoint Miller Lawrenceville, GA

the past year plus they have gone from great customer service to ZERO. you literally have to wait several HOURS to get a return call & by then you are not available & have to call again & wait a few more hours. your whole day/night is tied up......totally unacceptable . thinking of switching to Xfinity. for just $5.00 more will have UNLIMITED data vs. 1 GB now.

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Neal Osan, 41

There is nobody home. To chat you have to wait an hour. You sign up for a callback and they text you. You dial that number and start at the back of the line. I am in their auto pay program. I buy a new phone. They want me to join auto pay. I don't because I'm already in autopay. Then they send me an email telling me I need to join autopay. I click the link, go to the website, fill out the data. And they tell me I'm already in autopay. They used to be so good with customer service. Now it is nonexistent.

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Enrique Lugo Laguna Beach, CA

To Whom It May Concern: My dad was the person using this phone line, who passed away. A few days later, I received a final bill from Consumer Cellular. A couple days later, I called and spoke with an agent and requested that Consumer Cellular waive the final fee. Agent told me that that was fair and would probably do, but she needed to check with her supervisor. Her supervisor told her that he would not waive the fee and that the only thing he could do was reduce the invoice for a couple dollars and that this is all he could do for me – what an insult! You may think that this is not a lot of money, but all of you know or will know that when sudden death occurs, every penny count and is not about the money but a principle of appreciation for a good customer, as my dad was. I will publish on the web about this incident and notify all my followers, friends, and family—that Consumer Cellular is a company that does not empathize or cares about family members passing away. As a good customer, I ended up paying the bill. I will never work nor deal with Consumer Cellular again.

3 months ago

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Linda Larned Fort Worth, TX

I had only had my Samsung Galaxy AO1 about three months when people could not hear me speak. Took to a you brake we fix place as they requested and tech said mic was bad. Lady I spoke to at Consumer was rude and did not listen, told me three times to remove sim card after me telling her I did not have another phone to insert into. Finally told her to just tell me where to take it to get fixed. Gave me wrong Target store and said I had to have an appointment when didn't. They did a factory reset. Worked for a month and then same problem, flash will not work on camera, didn't then either. Last night noticed phone was still on when set to go off after four hours. This morning phone is dead. Have not phone to call Consumer Cellular. I am 78 and this is more than a hassle to me. When charged if works, they probably will want to do another reset instead of replacing the phone. It is now about ten months old.

3 months ago

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Kim R Pine Bluff, AR

My 85 yr old mother used their service for her home phone. She paid for the 1st wireless receiver which lasted about a year. We called their customer service when it stopped working (expect a 2 hr or more hold time) and they had to send her a newer model receiver and charged her $51. The new receiver did not work so we call them again and they sent a 3rd receiver (again charging her $51) and it did not work either. They continued to draft service fees from her banking account each month even though she had no service. We finally had to go to the bank to stop any future drafts from being taken out because they could not get her service cancelled. This company markets to seniors and they rip them off. Beware!

3 months ago

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Brenda V Chandler, AZ

Been a customer for many years. Just received a bill for $5 extra which will NOW be required for all customers who do not pay their bill thru Autopay. This was never set up years and years ago, and told to us that it could happen, and now they want to penalize OLD customers who Never have paid their bills late. No offer to allow old customers to pay as they wish, without having to go on autopay to avoid the $5 fee, this is called a Grandfather Clause. Very not customer friendly. When you are older you are not used to doing things on Autopay , as well as being self employed and not knowing exact dates of when you get paid, so not wanting to set up autopay for any bills. This is a SLAP in the face to well established customers who have been with the company close to a decade and now have to pay an extra $60 a year just for the WAY we wish to pay. As a side note--this is a company that advertises and Holds themselves out to be Very SENIOR CITIZEN friendly. As you can see this is no longer true, IF it were ever True. I called customer service as well, the rep was so rude and talked over me the whole time. I actually have never had someone that rude from their call center. I had to hang up on him, as I couldn't listen to him anymore. Any complaints I have sent to the company before have NEVER been answered, including MAILING a complaint to their main office. They bury negative reviews at the back of their review stack so no new customers can find them. I would definitely change companies IF my mom was not over 85. At this point it would be very hard to teach her a new phone or new service. Just another way for them to make money!!

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Stev Haris Boardman, OR

CC is reasonable when you do not use the service much. When I was using my phone to buy a home, it was expensive, the data would slow to a stop every evening, the wait to talk to a person was typically over 30 minutes. It even charged me over $8 because it took 3 extra days to port my phone number to another provider after being with CC nine years.

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E Jay Vancouver, WA

I have been with Consumer Cellular for years, and it had excellent customer service until the original owners/founders sold the company in 2020 to a venture capital firm. Consumer Cellular went from wonderful to horrible. Impossible to talk to anybody, and today at 12:30 pm I asked for a call back time and was informed that the first available call back time would be tomorrow at 11:30! Customers who signed up for CC Go Lyft service, be aware that Consumer Cellular places the ride request for you and does not have the staff to do this in a timely fashion. Saturday I used CC Go to get a ride from Portland, OR to Vancouver, Washington. It took a while to get the connection to Vancouver, but I got it. Coming back from Vancouver after the event I attended ended at 4:00 pm, I stood on a street corner for over30 minutes being told all the operators were busy. I called again. After 20 minutes somebody answered and told me they could not hear me an hung up! I then down loaded the Lyft app and was trying unsuccesfully to set it up, when thankfully one of the staff from the event recognized me and asked if he could help me. He set up the Lyft app, and a car and driver showed up right away. I do not know what I would have done if it was not for him. CC Go was marketed to seniors as was Consumer Cellular, but the new owners have thrown us away and will not give us the help we need. I will be looking for a company will respect me as a customer like Consumer Cellular used to.

3 months ago

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Mo Montgomery, TX

I wish I could give it a minus 10. Just bought the phone and service. Took 6 hours to hook up the phone. Had to call and leave a message and wait for an hour for each call back. It took an hour each time. Have to admit t mobile was difficult to transfer my number, due to the family plan I was on. But the worst part was the last service rep. She finally got T-Mobile to transfer my number, but it was 6:05 pm (closing time is 6:00 pm). Did not know that. she hung up on me and now I have no cell service no t mobile or consumer cellular. She dId not bother to call back. Had to drive to my daughter’s house (30 miles), to call cc back only to find out they close at 6. Left me with no service. So much for caring. If I have an emergency, I am out of luck thank to consumer cellular She was also very rude.

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LC Pittsburgh, PA

I am a long term customer of Consumer Cellular. I was satisfied with the service and had little reason to contact support. That all changed. I have been receiving almost constant adult content spam to my Consumer Cellular number. Found out it is also going to children. Someone in a similar situation told me her company was able to put a block on her number and it all stopped. I contacted Consumer Cellular and was told they can do NOTHING. If you expect your cellular provider to provide some basic protection options against this type of content being sent to your phone, do not choose Consumer Cellular.

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Raymond Gray Littleton, CO

I notified Consumer Cellular that my elderly father passed away on November 7, 2021. I am still receiving collection notices for "data/service provided" after his death. He hadn't used his phone for a year plus prior to his death because he was unable to do so. I contacted customer service and canceled his service after his death and, received another collection notice yesterday for service provided for Dec '21 and Jan '22. The gentleman I spoke to had a very arrogant attitude about the whole issue and kept saying the service was provided and whether it was used or not was irrelevant. I can't believe they are billing a dead man for cell phone service. Consumer Cellular is short on experienced personnel but their problem isn't the customer's problem however they are making it my problem. I would not recommend Consumer Cellullar to anyone and will be cancelling my servicer and going to another provider even if I have to pay more. I expected more empathy with this considering a man died.

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Dennis Marker Saginaw, MI

Consumer Cellular seems to be the way to go for seniors on a fixed budget. But anyone with Consumer Cellular must NEVER lose their mobile phone!! After my phone went missing, it took literally HOURS for me to finally get a rep on a live chat, since my attempts to get support by phone failed several times, leaving me no way to deactivate the phone, which left all my data and files accessible to whoever was in possession of it!! In the desktop app or website, there's NO way to select "lost phone." I was forced to go to Target and buy a new affordable smartphone, which only ONE was left in stock; then wait until after hours to FINALLY get a rep in a live chat, so my new phone would have calling capability!

4 months ago