HERE’S HOW TO SELECT THE BEST DATA PLAN FOR YOU

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!

62 Thoughts on "HERE’S HOW TO SELECT THE BEST DATA PLAN 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

  13. SHERRY SIMPSON says

    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: https://www.consumercellular.com/StoreLocator.

      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

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