Choosing the right data plan for your needs depends on striking the right balance between your lifestyle, and your budget. Fortunately, Consumer Cellular offers a variety of plans that deliver both outstanding value and a suitable choice for any type of user.

The primary consideration for many is: how much data do I really need? To use the Internet, social media, apps, or email requires mobile data—in fact, you’ll need data for just about everything you do on your phone besides making and receiving calls. This means deciding roughly which of the categories below your data usage fits into.

Light User. This is a person who uses data every so often to connect with friends, or check the latest headlines. In general, you’re considered a light user if your usage follows these patterns:

  • You like to look at web pages, or check your email occasionally.
  • You check your social media online reasonably often.
  • You’re unlikely to use your internet for more than an hour a day.

If this sounds like you, our 3GB plan is a great choice that should more than cover your needs. 

Medium User. A medium user does things that require data just about every single day, like sending and receiving email, and scrolling through social media often. You’re a medium user if:

  • You download email daily to your phone.
  • You spend quite a bit of time browsing the internet, and download a few games or apps each month.
  • You like to watch streaming video and download a few songs now and then, too.
  • You share data with 1 or 2 other users on your account.

For the medium user, our plan offering 10GB is a robust and affordable choice.

Heavy User. If you rely on your cellphone for just about everything you do, chances are you’re a heavy data user. This would include:

  • You rely extensively on mobile data to communicate with friends and family, and access the Internet several hours per day.
  • You send and receive quite a few emails daily, often with attachments.
  • You watch videos online several times a week and regularly download apps, games, and music.
  • You share your plan with 2 or more medium or heavy data users.

If you’re in this category, either our 15GB plan or our new option for unlimited data will deliver everything you need.

We also recognize that your needs can change. A light data user may suddenly become a heavy-duty data user by adding lines for family members, or discovering a fascinating new video streaming service. That’s why with Consumer Cellular you can change to a different plan at any time, and as often as you need to, with no additional fees. And for additional convenience and value, all of our data plans include unlimited texting.

Think about how you use your data each month, then look to Consumer Cellular to find the plan that’s just right for you!


  1. Chris Gregory says

    I want to discontinue Spectrum WiFi in my home. If I do, will it mean that I cannot use my phone to surf the web, etc ? I am a current consumer cellular customer with unlimited data usage. Thank you, Chris Gregory

    reply to Chris

  2. Eileen Lee says

    Can I sign up for a phone, and iPad, and a phone for my son?

    reply to Eileen

    • Hi Eileen, thanks for your question. You can definitely sign up the three lines for our service. If you’re wanting to bring over any equipment to our service you will want to make sure that the devices are unlocked from any and all providers, is VoLTE-capable, and GSM-compatible. We can’t guarantee compatibility for all models, but we will do all that we can to see if we can get it connected for you.

      reply to Jacob

  3. Eileen Lee says

    I very much like this section. It’s very clear and answered many of my questions. I hope you will answer the question I sent to you just prior to this comment.

    reply to Eileen

  4. Merry Landenberger says

    I am so pleased with Target in Sioux Falls SD. The young mans name is Edwin so very helpful, he did everything for me, from helping me find the right new phone to programming it.. I was very pleased. Thank you. It is located on Louise Ave.

    reply to Merry

  5. Tamara E Jackson says

    Can I keep the phone number I have?

    reply to Tamara

    • Hi Tamara, great question. As long as the number remains active with the current provider during the transfer process, you can switch it over. We will also need the current account number, PIN number if there is one, billing address, and the account holder’s first and last name to submit to your current provider so that they will release the number to us so we would recommend having a bill readily available for this process.

      reply to Jacob

  6. Sandra says

    Do you offer hot spot?
    Our in home internet sometimes goes out and we need to hot spot our printer

    reply to Sandra

  7. Mario J. Herrera says

    I am thinking of replacing my phone with one that says works only with GSM network am I OK with changing ?

    reply to Mario

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Mario, if the phone is unlocked and VoLTE-capable in addition to being GSM-only, then it may work on our service. We aren’t able to guarantee compatibility, but we’ll do all we can to get it working.

      reply to Nicole

  8. Judy Russell says

    Do you have otter covers at target stores?

    reply to Judy

  9. Robert Fritze says

    I’m on a 15GB plan now because I was on 10GB but I used more than 10GB so I was automatically upgraded to 15GB, thank you. My question is being I am on the 15GB plan and I only use less than 10GB what will I be charged for 10GB or 15GB?

    reply to Robert

    • Hi Robert, great question. Unless the plan is lowered back down to the 10GB option you will be charged the cost of the higher plan. If you’d like to get that lowered back down you can give us a call at 800-686-4460 or you can also go online to lower it by visiting your online account here.

      reply to Jacob

  10. Frank Mongiello says

    I currently have an IPhone 8 and my wife has an older iPhone SE.

    My contact with Verizon just ended and we want to switch carriers. I heard that our current phones won’t work with CC. Is that correct? Thanks

    reply to Frank

    • Hi Frank, thanks for your interest. If the phones are unlocked from Verizon and are GSM-compatible, they may work on our network. We can’t guarantee compatibility for all models we have had success with iPhones switching over as long as the mentioned criteria is met.

      reply to Jacob

  11. Janet McLard says

    I have a dumb phone (only a cell phone)
    Do you have a plan for me.
    Can I use my at&t Pantech Flip
    AT&t Cingular Flip 2 ?

    reply to Janet

    • Hi Janet, thanks for your interest! We do offer a wide variety of plans that you can select from for all types of usage and phones. You can view all of our options by going to our website here. If the phone is unlocked from AT&T, VoLTE-capable, and GSM-compatible, it may be compatible on our network. We can’t guarantee compatibility for all models, but we’ll do all that we can to see if we can get you connected to our service.

      reply to Jacob

  12. Marnold Maciell says

    I’d like more information on consumer cellular for my phone I’m a medium

    reply to Marnold


    I have a question, if I have a pre paid phone from AT&T can I use it on Consumer Cellular Services???

    reply to SHERRY

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great question, Sherry. If you’re interested in bringing over your own phone from AT&T, it will need to be a VoLTE-capable, unlocked, and GSM-compatible phone. We can’t guarantee compatibility, but we generally have good experiences with phones previously used on AT&T’s service.

      reply to Nicole

  14. Nona Martin Stuck says

    I would like to switch the account I have for myself and my adult son from Verizon over to Consumer Cellular. We both have iPhones, his a 10 and mine a 5s, which is showing some signs of aging, as we all are. We are both heavy data users so would probably fit in the 15GB catagory. What are the first steps I need to take too make this all happen?

    reply to Nona

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Nona, you can sign up for service on our website, by calling us at 888-345-5509 or by going to one of our retail partners. You can find a retail partner near you here:

      You can also keep your same numbers and transfer them from Verizon, they’ll just need to remain active until the transfer has completed. You’ll also need your Verizon account information, include your number transfer PIN, so we recommend having that on-hand when signing up.

      reply to Nicole

  15. JAMES A FRAHM says

    I need to call a number in Canada, but the recording says no can do. Help

    reply to JAMES

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi James, it’s likely that your international calling service needs to be enabled on our end. Our customer service team is happy to help with that if you give us a call at 888-345-5509 or start a live chat here.

      reply to Nicole

  16. Lisa says

    I would like to know how much it would cost to change my number and if I did would I be offered a choice of numbers to pick from or would I just get assigned a new number at random based on the area of my previous number.

    reply to Lisa

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great question, Lisa. There is no charge to change your number, but the new number would be chosen at random as we don’t have the option to pick new numbers. It would be generated based on what is available in your area. You can call us at 888-345-5509.

      reply to Nicole

  17. Joanne says

    I thought if you were connected to your home wi-fi, it didn’t go against your data usage. Am I wrong?

    reply to Joanne

  18. Dominick De Gregorio says

    Do you have discounts for AAA members? What sort of discounts do you honor?

    reply to Dominick

  19. Donna says

    What apps use up my data. Does maps

    reply to Donna

  20. Ann says

    Can you locate my consumer to cellular phone and other question the cost and if you see that I use my tablets samsung as a phone also ?

    reply to Ann

    • Hi Ann, thanks for your questions. We are not able to track a phone if it is lost, if you’re using a smartphone though, you can use things such as “Find my iPhone” or features from Google to track it. If you decide to add a line, it will cost $15 a month. If you want to add a tablet, you will want to make sure it is VoLTE capable, GSM-compatible, and unlocked from all providers. We can’t guarantee compatibility for all models, but we’ll do all that we can to see if we can get that working for you.

      reply to Jacob

  21. Thelma says

    Can I buy an I phone from u and can all my photos and such be switched to I phone I now have ccgalaxy A20

    reply to Thelma

  22. Tony cefaratti says

    Robot calls ,I get to,to many. I am CC user. I am close to getting an iPhone from y you people. I do not want any to go calls. can I get that option????? Tony

    reply to Tony

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Tony, your Doro 7050 has a blacklist option available. You can activate it by going to Menu > Settings > Privacy & Security > Blacklist > Activation. Then, you can go to Setting > Privacy & Security > Blacklist > Number List > Add to manually add a new number to your blacklist.

      If you don’t want to receive calls from people not in your contacts, then you can enable to Whitelist instead by going to Menu > Settings > Privacy & Security > Whitelist and enable it.

      reply to Nicole

  23. Muriel Haegele says

    How can I make an international call

    reply to Muriel

  24. Susan Ryan says

    The battery on my husbands phone is not charging and I was thinking of giving him my phone. However can his phone no. be transferred to my phone and I will buy a new phone and keep my no. Sorry for the confusion.

    reply to Susan

    • Hi Susan, thanks for your questions! We can move his number over to your current phone by moving his SIM card into the device. Then when you update your phone, it will have your number assigned to it for you. If you need any help with that process give us a call at 800-686-4460 or you can go online to your account at here to place the order.

      reply to Jacob

  25. David Turnbull says

    I don’t have WiFi at home can I use my phone and data plan as spot connection?

    reply to David

    • Hi David, thanks for your question. If you would like to use your data plan on your phone instead of WiFi to access the internet you can definitely do that. If you’d like to enable the hotspot feature to connect other devices just give us a call at 800-686-4460 or chat with us here for assistance with that.

      reply to Jacob

  26. Dan Burleson says

    It appears that for the 1st day of a period (at least it that way now) that the current invoice (shows June) is the same as the prior month (June) and detailed call data is no where (June 15 – July 14). That appears to be a bug making detailed call information for the prior periods unavailable.

    reply to Dan

  27. Cindy says

    My connectivity is not good at all what can I do

    reply to Cindy

  28. Rhodora Raye Howell says

    Can I use my iphone 8? I’m presently bundled with Spectrum. I’m thinking of dropping my land line and using my iphone for TV & Internet. Hat do you suggest?

    reply to Rhodora

    • Hi Rhodora, thanks for your post! If your iPhone is unlocked from the carrier and GSM-compatible, it may work on our network. We can’t guarantee compatibility for all models, but we’ve had good experiences in the past with iPhones switching over as long as the mentioned criteria is met.

      reply to Jacob

  29. Barbara A Knight says

    Am I using data to keep a severe weather alert on at all times?

    reply to Barbara

  30. Robert Shumaker says

    I have a iPhone that is facetime capable. Can I facetime with a talk only service.

    reply to Robert

  31. Gail says

    If an Apple watch was bought from Verizon & is brought over to Consumer Cellular, will the cellular aspect of it still work? One cellular service provider that me that only the bluetooth & wifi connection will work because the watches sold by Verizon have been locked.

    reply to Gail

    • Hi Gail, that’s a great question, thanks for your post. We don’t actually support Apple Watches, we don’t have the e-SIM the phone needs to run. It’s only able to connect with our phones currently using the Bluetooth option.

      reply to Jacob

      • Robert says

        Thanks Jacob. The eSim is actually built into the recent Apple watch models. It allows the watch to have stand alone mobile cellular voice and data. They work with T Mobile and AT&T carriers which Consumer Cellular uses. Given the many health monitoring features of the watch it is used by many young and old health conscious people and has even saved many lives. It would make sense for Consumer Cellular to offer this service. I for one would like to have it.

        reply to Robert

  32. Katherine Harrison says

    Are you (Target) going going to have the new iPhone 12 available for order or pre-order?

    reply to Katherine

  33. Richard Wood says

    Consumer Cellular needs to support Apple Watch or it is going to lose customers.

    reply to Richard

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      We definitely appreciate the feedback, Richard. While we cannot support the cellular function of Apple Watches because it requires eSIM compatibility, which is only available to a small number of carriers at this time, the Bluetooth function can be used instead.

      reply to Nicole

  34. Mike Bates says

    Was prepared to switch to Consumer Cellular, but the lack of support for the Apple Watch was a dealbreaker. Just wanted you to know.

    reply to Mike

  35. Wanda says

    I have a Net 10 (Tracfone) flip. Can I transfer my phone number over to a CC phone? If so, what info would you need from it?

    reply to Wanda

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Wanda, you can transfer your phone number from TracFone to our service, and to one of our phones. Your TracFone account number will be required, which is usually the IMEI/MEID of the TracFone device you’re using.

      reply to Nicole

  36. Jody says

    I have medical problems and walk. Want to get an Apple Watch for its medical monitoring functions.
    So I need to hook my cellular service to my watch as well.
    How do I do this?

    reply to Jody

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Jody. The cellular Apple Watch is not compatible with our service because it requires an eSIM, which is not supported. The Bluetooth function is still compatible with iPhones on our service, however.

      reply to Nicole

  37. Barry says

    I’d like to add an Apple Watch with cellular service. Connecting an Apple Watch to an iPhone via Bluetooth, with no cell network connection for the watch, is too unreliable: in an emergency, I would need to both a) be near my iPhone and b) have the iPhone charged. An Apple Watch with a cellular connection provides its own independent path to summoning emergency help.
    Many carriers are managing to use the eSIM built into the Apple Watch. Does Consumer Cellular have a time table to accommodate eSIMs ? What work does CC need to do? With Consumer Cellular’s focus on older clients, this would seem like a big priority. CC has been excellent in many ways, I’d rather not leave to another carrier .

    reply to Barry

  38. ANGELA HEAD says

    I’m in the same place as you Barry – I would like to use dual SIM cards but need CC to upgrade to eSIM. I love the service and price I get with CC, don’t want to change carriers either!

    reply to ANGELA

  39. J says

    I switched to Consumer Cellular a few months ago with three phones. I now want to add an Apple Watch with Cellular. I called customer service and after the rep did research for several minutes, was told that the eSIM is not supported, which is totally baffling. I am now heavily considering switching to another carrier. We need the Watch for health/safety issues.

    reply to J

    • Hi J, we’re sorry to hear that you’re thinking of switching your service. We consistently look for ways to improve the service we offer, and feedback from our customers is imperative to our growth and improvement. We place heavy emphasis on our customers’ opinions as to how we may provide a better service to them. Thank you again!

      reply to Jacob

  40. Brian says

    Add me to the list for wanting Apple Watch compatibility. I’m a long time customer. This is becoming more of an issue for me as time goes on.

    reply to Brian

  41. Sherry says

    Today I too began researching Apple watches for health reasons. Kindly add my interest to the “suggestion box” as well.

    reply to Sherry

  42. Lee says

    I’m considering going to another carrier who can support Apple Watch. I have a friend who discovered a heart problem detected by her Apple Watch. Given the age of your customer base and your connections to AT&T and T-Mobile, you need to develop this service quickly. Your customer base is becoming more tech savvy and competitors are starting to lower their prices. Your customer service is still the best but . . .

    reply to Lee

  43. Lisa says

    I am also disappointed that CC doesn’t support the Apple Watch.

    reply to Lisa

  44. George says

    I second (third, fourth, fifth, etc) the need for Apple Watch cellular support. I’ve been a Consumer Cellular customer for many years, but the lack of support for the Apple Watch cellular is about to force me to change which is sad, because otherwise Consumer Cellular has been great.

    reply to George

  45. Paul Groff says

    My situation is a little different, although I’m also disappointed that CC doesn’t support cellular on Apple Watch. I need a 2nd phone number on my iPhone 11 Pro (using eSIM) which it also sounds CC cannot support. Is this correct?

    reply to Paul

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Paul. That’s correct, eSIM is not currently supported on our service. eSIM support is only offered on a small number of carriers at this time. If that changes, we’ll be sure to let our customers know.

      reply to Nicole

  46. Chris says

    Perhaps you can tell us WHY eSIM capability isn’t supported by CC when it is supported by both AT&T and T-Mobile whose network coverage your business is based on. It seems like it’s a CHOICE not to support this feature rather than any sort of technical challenge.

    Add my voice to those CC customers who are considering leaving because their Apple Watch won’t work (properly) with their phone.


    reply to Chris

  47. Eduardo Rapolla says

    Hi. I’m old man and retired. Actually I have a plan of $60.00 and I’m thinking to change to #20.00 a month plan

    reply to Eduardo

  48. Leslie says

    Add me to the list of folks wanting to use the full capability of an Apple watch. I, too, am very happy with consumer cellular, but I’ll need to change if you cannot support the watch,

    reply to Leslie

  49. DB says

    I will transfer to CC once you guys get support for Apple Watch.

    reply to DB

  50. Walter says

    One more vote for eSIM support (iPhone11 Pro user) for international travel and for two numbers. Also, I support Chris on July 8 asking WHY is there no eSIM support since both CC SIM suppliers, AT&T and T-Mobile, have it?

    reply to Walter

    • Hi Walter, thank you for your question. Since all we are using are their towers, we do not have access to all features they have including the eSIM card. We’re happy to pass along your suggestion though and thank you for taking the time to post that. Thank you!

      reply to Jacob

  51. Jayme Harpring says

    Yes, I am another longtime CC customer who is considering changing carriers because of this Apple watch incompatibility. I called today and the rep told me she could send me a SIM card to try with the watch? Is that even possible?

    reply to Jayme

    • Hi Jayme, thanks for your post. While there may be some watches that may have taken physical SIM cards at one time, the newer models do not. They would need the eSIM card which is not something that we support. I apologize for the confusion, we will definitely be following up with our agent and I’d be happy to pass along your feedback for you.

      reply to Jacob

  52. debra l schultz says

    Can I use my data with my apple watch?

    reply to debra

  53. Jeff Berg says

    Please add me (and our family of three) to the list of CC customers urging you to implement support for Apple Watch cellular service and eSIM for the newest phones.

    reply to Jeff

  54. Steven Wingfield says

    We were all set to purchase a new iPad Mini when we inquired about swapping SIM card from existing iPad. Imagine the disappointment of the gift recipient when we learned CC wouldn’t support the new device. If mobile carriers in much smaller countries can support eSIM, surely a big and growing company like CC should be able to. Surely by now, after months of saying “I’ll pass along your suggestion”, it’s time for CC to step up.

    reply to Steven

  55. John Doe says

    Let me know when Consumer Cellular starts supporting Apple watch. That will be the day that I switch to CC.

    reply to John

  56. William Young says

    Add me to those who will need to find another service for Apple watch

    reply to William

  57. Charles Cates says

    I’m another who wants Apple Watch support. Very happy with CC otherwise.

    reply to Charles

  58. jan says

    Am buying an apple watch, another longtime cc customer who will be leaving. I have a pulmonary embolism and want the oxygen measuring feature. Please get off the dime and start supporting this sim chip. It is no longer cutting edge but has moved mainstream

    reply to jan

  59. Marolyn says

    Hi. Just adding my comment regarding the Apple Watch. My husband and I really need that feature due to health issues and the isolated location of our home. We will definitely be adding extra lines with CC when the e-sim capability becomes a reality. Thanks

    reply to Marolyn

  60. Lana says

    I am looking to get apple watch with cellular as well. Sad that CC doesn’t support it. Please consider working on it. Thanks.

    reply to Lana

  61. Will says

    I have to agree with so many of the comments here about not supporting the Apple Watch cellular option. Many are using these devices for their health monitoring benefits, and potential life saving capabilities (like ability to call right from a watch). For someone who is getting an Apple Watch for my Mom for these benefits it’s a shame that we will have to move to another carrier (we are long time CC customers).

    reply to Will

  62. Randy says

    I too am an Apple Watch user and for years I had AT&T support for it. I changed to CC because I believed it wouldn’t be far out before you implemented eSIM service. It makes no sense to me that you haven’t moved on this yet. You’re major networking partners support this. I’m starting to believe now that this is just a choice by CC. And if the boat doesn’t move into the future, I’m going back to AT&T. Even at twice the cost. It’s time to move people. You have a huge support base asking for this and there is literally no reason you can’t do it.

    reply to Randy

  63. John Noble says

    I’d love to know how to determine what is using so much data on a particular day/time. I’m using a fairly low amount of data every day, but all of a sudden on one day, I used about 1gig!! Where did that come from I’d like to know???

    reply to John

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi John, on your iPhone you can see what apps used data on your phone by going to Settings > Cellular. When you scroll down, there will be a list of apps sorted in order of most-to-least data usage.

      reply to Nicole

  64. Becca says

    I’m in the same boat as all these other people. I depend on the Apple Watch to work by itself, especially for the fall detection. It saved me when I took a hard fall and didn’t have the phone nearby. I can’t switch to a carrier that doesn’t support it.

    reply to Becca

  65. KD says

    Hi, we switched to CC about two years ago, because the cost for our two phones is half of what it cost on AT&T. Win! However, I’m considering an Apple Watch for health reasons, but I’ve seen that CC doesn’t support that. Please add me to the growing list of customers who would really like to have this connectivity feature. Thanks!

    reply to KD

  66. Amber E says

    I’ve been a Consumer Cellular customer for many many years, and I would love to be able to connect my new Apple Watch with Consumer Cellular. Please add this functionality to your offerings soon!

    reply to Amber

  67. Richard Applegate says

    Any change on esim support? If not, will have to switch to another carrier this month.

    reply to Richard

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Richard, we will have eSIM support for the Apple iPhone 14 when it is released with our service, and we have plans for other phones in the future as well.

      reply to Nicole

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