What Do We Mean By Consumer Cellular Compatible Phone?
Consumer Cellular is a wireless provider that offers great plans, phone deals, and regular discounts to their existing and new customers. As such, a Consumer Cellular compatible phone refers to a mobile phone that can operate on its network. That means that you can use it with a Consumer Cellular’s SIM card.
Generally, there are various Consumer Cellular compatible phones but for the sake of this article, we will divide those into two groups – phones you purchase with the Consumer Cellular and phones that you purchase elsewhere.
It is only natural that all phones purchased with the Consumer Cellular are compatible with their network, however, it is not so straight forward with phones purchased elsewhere. Fortunately for all who want to use their existing phone or buy a new one elsewhere and use it with Consumer Cellular, they can do so thanks to Consumer Cellular’s Bring Your Own Device option, in which case you are provided with a FREE SIM card.
With Consumer Cellular’s FREE SIM card, you can connect a device you already own to Consumer Cellular service. To be activated on their service, your phone must be unlocked by your previous carrier, and be compatible with GSM network technology. Their SIM card most commonly works with phones used on AT&T or T-Mobile service. Inserting and activating a SIM card is quick and easy, and there are no activation fees.
Consumer Cellular Compatible Smartphones Phones
Consumer Cellular offers a wide range of smartphones. They offer Androids in various price ranges, moreover, they also offer iPhones. Herein we have decided to present you with 9 Best Smartphones currently available at the Consumer Cellular. Also read Qlink Wireless Compatible Phones, Assurance Wireless Compatible Phones
Consumer Cellular Compatible iPhone Series
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best that Apple has to offer. It shoots amazing videos and photos with the camera trio – Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras. It enables you to capture your best low-light photos with Night mode. You can watch HD movies and shows on the 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display—the brightest iPhone display yet and experience the unprecedented performance with A13 Bionic for gaming, augmented reality (AR), and photography. It comes with 64GB/256GB/512GB of storage.
The above ultra-capable phone’s smaller brother, the iPhone 11, has slightly lower performance capability, yet still more than enough to satisfy most customers out there. It shoots 4K videos, beautiful portraits, and sweeping landscapes with the all-new dual-camera system. iPhone 11 lets you capture your best low-light photos with Night mode. See true-to-life color in your photos, videos, and games on the 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display. It also operated on a super-powerful A13 Bionic which will not let you down. It is available in 64GB/128GB/256GB storage versions.
iPhone 7 Plus
The Apple iPhone 7 Plus smartphone features 12MP dual cameras with 4K video, optical image stabilization, and Portrait mode. A Retina HD 5.5-inch display with wide color gamut and 3D Touch. Even though it is not the latest iPhone, it provides you with amazing features. It is capable of performing the most demanding tasks and all sorts of multitasking, which are powered by the A10Fusion chip. iPhone 7 Plus is also water and dust resistant, which makes it suitable for outdoor use and a more rugged environment.
Consumer Cellular Android Phones
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9 broke new ground in Android smartphone innovation with this device. It is without a doubt one of the most versatile phones on the market. The Android 8.0 operating system and powerful octa-core processing provide lightning-quick performance. A 5.8-inch QHD+ Infinity Display, rolling to the edges of the phone and curved at the edges, continues Samsung’s use of brilliant SuperAMOLED® technology to deliver vibrant visuals and amazing contrast. It packs a great 12MP dual aperture camera that captures awesome photos and videos. It also lets you expend its 64GB store with up to 400GB microSD cards.
Samsung Galaxy S10
As the name suggests, Samsung Galaxy S10 is Galaxy S9’s newer brother and it is even more edgy and spectacular. Samsung decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its storied S series with the release of the powerful, intelligent Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone. This upgraded version offers premium performance and cutting edge features sure to delight even the most sophisticated smartphone user. It packs a 6.1” dynamic AMOLED infinity screen with a massive 3040 x 1440 resolution (Quad HD, octa-core processor, triple rear camera and advanced front camera. It comes with a 128GB internal storage that can be expanded with up to 512GB microSD card.
Samsung Galaxy S20+
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus offers a truly premium smartphone experience. A brilliant 6.7” Dynamic AMOLED Quad high definition-plus display with crisp 3200 x 1440-pixel resolution puts cinematic viewing right in your hand. Aside from its premium screen, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus amazing triple camera (12MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, and massive 64MP zoom main camera). It has a very solid battery and 128GB internal storage that can be expended to massive 1TB with a microSD card. If you like big smartphones, you will enjoy the Samsung Galaxy S20+ immensely.
Samsung Galaxy Note10+
Galaxy Note10+ shines through a brilliant 6.8” display and offers expanded functionality from its unique S Pen. It delivers a superb premium-smartphone experience. A combination of ultra-large screen and S pen allows you to perform advanced multitasking and other high-demanding tasks. It also packs an amazing triple-lens camera, Quad HD+ resolution, and extreme battery that can last for 44 hours. In case you love to take many photos and videos, you may not be content with its 256GB internal storage, however, this can be expended with up to 1TB microSD card.
NOTE: The above 6 models are the best smartphones available on the market, so they are all relatively expensive. As such, we decided to list a few more affordable models below.
Samsung Galaxy A20
The Samsung Galaxy A20 smartphone is a device designed to please any type of user or budget. Enjoy the view with a brilliant 6.4″ Super AMOLED screen; the large Infinity Display goes edge-to-edge, so you’ll never miss a thing. The Samsung Galaxy A20 is a great phone for those who are looking for a great combination of performance and price. It has a dual-lens camera (13MP and 5MP) and an 8MP front camera. It packs 32GB internal storage, which can be upgraded with up to 512GB microSD, which should be more than enough for all users.
Consumer Cellular Compatible Motorola Moto G7 Power
The Motorola Moto G7 Power smartphone earned its name for a very good reason: it comes with a 5,000 mAh battery capable of providing up to three days of mixed-use on a single charge, as well as 15W TurboPower charging to deliver a 6-hour power boost in just 15 minutes. This battery life bits those of all top-level smartphones by miles. It also packs a very solid 12Mp camera with digital zoom and an 8MP front camera, which can be used for selfies or video calls. Moto G7 Power comes with a 32GB of internal storage that can be upgraded with up to 512GB microSD card. And probably the most appealing thing about this smartphone is its affordable price.
Consumer Cellular Compatible Flip Phones
As most wireless providers these days, the Consumer Cellular to focuses on smartphones. They do offer 2 flip phone models that are a great choice for all looking for maximum simplicity. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that especially seniors prefer these two models (presented below) above any smartphones.
Consumer Cellular Link
The Consumer Cellular Link flip phone offers a convenient and affordable way to stay in touch with ease. You’ll have everything you need for calling and text messaging, plus you can take and share photos with the built-in 2MP camera, which won’t deliver high-quality photos, yet solid enough to capture some memorable moments. It comes in black and red. It also has a built-in FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and supports up to 32GB of microSD card. It has a solid battery life and will satisfy most seniors’ phone needs.
The Doro 7050 flip phone offers a simple and reliable way to stay well connected. A conveniently located Assistance button lets you quickly dial emergency contact, which can be a life-saving feature for senior citizens. It packs well-spaced, high contrast keys, which make calling and texting a breeze, and the well-lit main display is clear and easy to see. Doro 7050 also comes in red and black colors, packs a 3MP camera, which also has video recording capabilities, and can upgrade its internal storage with up to 64GB microSD card. Bluetooth makes it possible for Doro 7050 to connect with other devices, such as headphones or earbuds.
Consumer Cellular Hearing Impaired phones
When it comes to Consumer Cellular hearing impaired phones, we should point out that they don’t have a single model that would stand out in this area. Moreover, you should know that all phones present above come either with Hearing – Aid compatibility of M3/T3, M3/T4, M4/T3 or M4/T4. Both flip phones presented in the list above (Consumer Cellular Link & Doro 7050), have the highest overall compatibility as they both rate as M4/T4.
Hearing aid ‘M’ and ‘T’ ratings explained:
- An “M” rating measures compatibility with acoustic hearing aids.
- A “T” rating measures compatibility with induction hearing aids.
- The higher the number (e.g.: M3, M4, etc.) the more compatible the handset. Generally, handsets rated “M3” or “T3” by ANSI or better are considered compliant with FCC requirements.
- Acoustic Hearing Aids:
- M3-rating indicates the handset has satisfied the ANSI standard
- M4-rating indicates the handset has exceeded the ANSI standard
- Induction Hearing Aids:
- T3-rating indicates the handset has satisfied the ANSI standard
- T4-rating indicates the handset has exceeded the ANSI standard
Consumer Cellular Compatible Plans
Herein we will take a closer look at the Consumer Cellular plan, which can be used with all Consumer Cellular compatible phones.
The Consumer Cellular lets you construct your plan, where you have the option of choosing the number of minutes and data (connect plans). All connect plans come with unlimited texts. Moreover, they offer a discounted second (and any additional) line, which is a great opportunity for families to save extra.
- 250 minute: $15/month
- Unlimited minutes: $20/month
- 500MB: $5/month
- 3GB: $10/month
- 10GB: $20/month
- 15GB: $30/month
- 25GB: $40/month
NOTE: All 5 connect plans come with an unlimited amount of texts.
HOW PLAN SELECTION WORKS?
Above are talk and connect plans. You select a combination of both that best suit your needs. For example, if you need a lot of minutes and a lot of data, you’d want to choose unlimited minutes and 25GB of data; a combination of which would cost you $60/month.
The best and simplest place to purchase your plan is on Consumer Cellular’s official website.
Extra Line Offer
No matter which individual plan or combination of plans you choose, the second (add any additional) line will cost you only 15$/month.
AARP – Member Benefits: The Consumer Cellular offers a 5% monthly discount to AARP members.
Consumer Cellulars Bring Your Own Phone
Consumer Cellular has its own Bring Your Own Phone or to be exact Bring Your Own Device program. They let you bring on any device that is compatible with their network and can operate on their SIM card.
Most unlocked GSM devices should work on the Consumer Cellular network. Moreover, their SIM cards work with phones that have been used on AT&T or T-Mobile services. Phones from other carriers comply as well. Just make sure to request your previous carrier to unlock the phone that you would like to bring over to Consumer Cellular.
Customers that decide to explore this option are provided with Consumer Cellular All-in-One SIM Card, which is equipped with a SIM card adapter that offers all SIM card sizes: Nano, Micro, and Standard. Moreover, there is no activation fee.You can read also T-Mobile Bring Your Own Phone, SafeLink Bring Your Own Phone,Boost Mobile Bring Your Own Phone
General guidelines for compatible phones:
- Your phone must be unlocked by your previous carrier.
- Your phone must be compatible with GSM network technology.
Consumer Cellular Bring Your Own Device, lets you purchase and enjoy the same plans presented above.
Are Consumer Cellular phones unlocked?
NO, Consumer Cellular phones are originally locked to their network. Devices purchased for use with Consumer Cellular’s Service are designed for exclusive use with Consumer Cellular’s Service and equipment. You agree that you will not make any modifications to the Device or programming to enable the Device to operate on any other system. Consumer Cellular may, at its sole and absolute discretion, modify the programming to enable the operation of the Device on other systems.
Phones purchased from Consumer Cellular must remain on their service for a designated period before they can be unlocked. After that, customers may request that the phone be unlocked so long as the device has been paid in full, and the account in question is not past due. If your device was originally purchased from another carrier, the phone would be subject to that carrier’s unlocking policies.
Here are all the terms that must be met for the Consumer Cellular to unlock their phone:
- you have paid for your Device in full;
- the equipment has been active on Consumer Cellular’s service for at least six months and the account is in good standing (i.e. it has no past due amount or unpaid balance owed to Consumer Cellular);
- your device has not been reported lost or stolen; and
- Consumer Cellular has the unlock code or can reasonably obtain it from the manufacturer.
Consumer Cellular may allow you to pay a fee instead of meeting the above criteria. The fee will be set by Consumer Cellular in their sole discretion.
How to unlock a Consumer Cellular phone?
For further details on eligibility requirements and for assistance on obtaining the unlock code for your Device, call 1 (800) 686-4460.
Consumer Cellular Phone Replacement
You may be wondering how to replace a consumer cellular phone and hopefully, we will provide you with a helpful answer.
As you can imagine, there are many situations, such as lost, stolen or damaged phones, that demand a replacement phone. In case your phone is lost or stolen, you are on your own, which means that you will have to purchase a new device with Consumer Cellular or bring another unlocked GSM device and use it with their network.
In the case of phone malfunctions, you may explore their warranty. All Consumer Cellular new phones come with a one year warranty with the manufacturer. If there is an issue, it is up to the manufacturer’s discretion as to whether the phone should be replaced or repaired.
If your phone is not working, contact the Consumer Cellular’s Customer Support team at (888) 345-5509 and they will walk you through the warranty process.
Note that warranty doesn’t cover malfunctions due to mistreating (drops, water, dust, etc.).
Where to buy Consumer Cellular SIM card?
There are several places you can buy a Consumer Cellular SIM card and we will list the most common ones herein.
The best and probably the simplest way, at least for those familiar with online purchasing, would be to visit the Consumer Cellular’s web site and select the plan, phone, or BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE option and complete the purchase. TO be exact, you will only pay for the plan and phone (if you are buying one), the SIM card is FREE.
Alternative options to Consumer Cellular online store (the most popular one):
- Local Consumer Cellular representatives (Target or other Independent Retailers). Use this link to search by city or ZIP code: https://www.consumercellular.com/StoreLocator (enter the city, state and/or zip code and click the “FIND STORE” button).
- Best Buy
Where to Buy Consumer Cellular phone?
If you are buying a Consumer Cellular phone, the best place is without a doubt the Consumer Cellular’s online store. Online they offer the widest range of phones for you to choose for.
The second-best alternative would be to visit one of their local representatives. TARGET stores are the Consumer Cellular’s official representative, thus you can always visit a local Target store and try your luck there. Aside from Target, there are other independent retailers. To locate any of these, visit the link provided in the previous section.
Best Buy sometimes offers a very narrow selection of Consumer Cellular phones, however, they are often out of stock.
Amazon is another place where occasionally you can find Consumer Cellular’s phones. However, the availability is not regular and we recommend you rather visit Consumer Cellular’s online store if you plan to shop online.
eBay is another alternative. However, it is even less reliable than Amazon, thus be advised to visit Consumer Cellular’s online store instead.
Does Consumer Cellular Offers Service on AT&T and T-Mobile?
No.The Consumer Cellular plans are limited to the Consumer Cellular SIM cards, which may be used on phones purchased at the Consumer Cellular or on unlocked GSM devices purchased elsewhere. Since AT&T and T-Mobile are two widely spread GSM providers, there are many of their phones (unlocked) brought over to the Consumer Cellular network. However, that doesn’t mean that the Consumer Cellular services are used on AT&T and T-Mobile.