Bring Your Existing Phone to Consumer Cellular!
We’re often asked if you can switch to our service while keeping the cellphone you already have. It certainly makes sense—you want to take advantage of Consumer Cellular’s low prices and fantastic service, but don’t necessarily want to start over with a new phone. After all, you’ve already got everything just the way you like it!
Every manufacturer is slightly different, so we can’t guarantee that your device will work with our service. However, the good news is that in many cases it is possible to switch your current phone to Consumer Cellular. For the switch to work properly, you’ll need to have what’s called “an unlocked GSM phone,” along with one of our free SIM cards. Here’s what that means:
Consumer Cellular operates on what’s called a GSM network. It’s the same type of network used by AT&T and T-Mobile, meaning that you will have the best chance of successfully switching if your phone is from one of those two carriers. Other carriers, including Verizon and Sprint, operate on a different type, called a CDMA network. Since most CDMA phones use different technology, they can’t be switched to our service.
Before you can use your GSM phone with our SIM card, your current carrier has to “unlock” your phone. In most cases, a carrier will unlock your phone only if you’ve already paid for the device in full. They may also provide you with a code to enter into your phone, which will unlock it to work with a different carrier.
With your GSM phone unlocked, the process of bringing it to Consumer Cellular’s service is completely straightforward and affordable. You sign up for our low-cost monthly service, and we ship our SIM card to you absolutely free! Once the SIM card is inserted into your phone, you can connect to Consumer Cellular and start using your phone on our network. In many cases, that’s all there is to it—the switch has been made, you’ve kept your phone, and you’re now enjoying all the terrific benefits that Consumer Cellular has to offer!