Meet GrandPad, A Unique Solution for Family Connections

From the day we started Consumer Cellular in 1995, our focus has been on finding ways to make the best modern technology accessible, and affordable, to users over 50. That’s why we’re so delighted to introduce GrandPad, Powered by Consumer Cellular to our product selection.

GrandPad is a senior-friendly tablet that’s customized for the convenience of older users. It’s a wonderful tool for anyone who finds themselves in a caregiving role to an aging parent or grandparent; it helps your loved one stay connected to friends and family in the same electronic ways you do, but in an easy-to-use and simple to understand format.

It’s intuitive, and ready to use right out of the box. You can even personalize it by pre-loading their favorite photos, important contacts, and even songs that they love. They can receive email and send voice messages, make voice and video calls, share photos, enjoy streaming music, read the news, or play games just by touching large icons on the high definition screen. Or if they prefer, they can navigate GrandPad using the handy stylus that comes included.

One of the most essential benefits is that it’s a completely interactive tool for the whole family. A family administrator can manage the device’s contents and authorized contacts from the GrandPad Central website, providing the user with an extra layer of security against spam or other unwanted activities. Family and friends can easily send messages or photos to the GrandPad using either the website or by installing a convenient mobile app on their smartphone. Read our blog post on how to create a secure Family Circle to take a closer look at the unique feature.

The GrandPad tablet is available for $200, or by using our EasyPay option: you can put just $10 down, then pay the remaining balance in installments added to your monthly bill. A subscription to GrandPad service is just $40 a month, and includes unlimited data, unlimited video calling, unlimited ad-free streaming music, and more.

Modern wireless technology is an effective remedy against the isolation and loneliness which so often affects our loved ones as they age. We’re excited to offer this unique tablet for seniors to help open up their world, and for the many comforts it can deliver to you and your family. To see more of what the GrandPad tablet is all about, take a look at the video below. Or, you can get started with GrandPad today online, or by calling customer service at (888) 545-1425.

66 Thoughts on "Meet GrandPad, A Unique Solution for Family Connections"

  1. Joe Perez says

    How do I block my cell phone number?

    reply to Joe

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Joe! You can hide your phone number so that it won’t show via Caller ID. I reviewed your account, and it looks like you’re using an iPhone. To block your number, open the Settings app. Scroll down to Phone, then select “Show My Caller ID”. Slide the toggle to the “Off” position. If we can help you with anything else, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thanks for posting!

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  2. Laurie Stephens says

    So I take it the Grandpad does not interact with the internet at all??????

    reply to Laurie

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Laurie. The GrandPad accesses the internet through specific apps on the device, such as the ad-free streaming music app or the app that allows the user to learn about history, cats and even NASA. GrandPad is designed for family members who are unfamiliar with browsing or searching the internet the way you do. With GrandPad, they can access a wealth of information in a format that feels familiar. We’re happy to tell you more about this great tablet at 888-545-1245. We appreciate you posting today!

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      • Melva Jean Goble says

        I just ordered it for my mother but if she can not get internet to do whatever she wants to on it I do not want it.

        reply to Melva

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          Thanks for posting, Melva. Our devices come complete with a Risk-Free Guarantee, so if the device is not to your mother’s liking, we’re happy to assist her with a return. We hope you have a lovely day!

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        • Cindy says

          Were you able to link the grandpad to WiFi without a cellular connection? I am interested in buying for WiFi use only. Is it possible?

          reply to Cindy

          • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

            Thanks for posting, Cindy! The GrandPad is designed to use the included data connection, so your loved one never needs to enter any Wi-Fi passwords or connect to a different network. It can be used with Wi-Fi if you like. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about GrandPad at 888-545-1425. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us today!

  3. Gary says

    I ordered a new phone to replace my existing cell phone for my wife. Apparently when the order was processed it disabled my wife’s existing phone. We would have to wait 3 days before my wife will have an active phone when the new phone arrives. I called Consumer Cellular and spoke to Danielle in support. She was able to find and fix the problem quickly. I was very impressed with her knowledge . Thank you Danielle.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Gary! We will be sure to reach out to Danielle so that she can be recognized for a job well done! We’re glad to hear that everything was resolved, but if we can assist you with anything else, please don’t hesitate to call us. We hope you have a lovely day!

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  4. Dixie frederick says

    Can you also play games on the grandpad?

    reply to Dixie

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Dixie! The GrandPad comes with a variety of games pre-installed, such as solitaire, Sudoku, crosswords and more. Many can even be played with two players, which is perfect for using GrandPad with grandchildren or friends. We’re happy to tell you more about GrandPad at 888-545-1245. Thanks for posting, and we hope you have a great day!

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  5. Derek says

    Can this device receive picture messages?

    reply to Derek

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Derek! Family members can send photos and messages to the GrandPad user via email or by using the Companion app. Once a photo is sent to the GrandPad, it will be automatically saved. You can even link your social media accounts so that your GrandPad user will be able to see photos posted on Facebook and other networks. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have at 888-545-1425. We appreciate you posting!

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  6. Lori Shaffnit says

    Can a person access Facebook on one?

    reply to Lori

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Lori. GrandPad does not use the Facebook app. However, you and your family can share your social media updates by linking your Facebook accounts to the Companion App for GrandPad. That way your GrandPad user can see the same photos and even save them to view later. Thanks for posting!

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  7. Terri L Jaggers says

    I really am thinking about getting one of these!!! Does it have google products on it? I use google alot and it would be the best way for me to see my old photos and new ones too.

    reply to Terri

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Terri. The GrandPad works a little differently, so if you’re used to using a smartphone or tablet, the GrandPad may not fit your needs. It’s perfect for those older family members who haven’t had much, if any, interaction with computers or technology. It’s a great tool to keep everyone connected. We’re happy to tell you more about GrandPad at 888-545-1425, so give us a call at your convenience. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us, and we hope you have a great day!

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  8. Chris Lane says

    Where can I watch a video of each application being used?

    reply to Chris

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Chris! We have an Overview video and a tour of the Companion app on our website here. It’s a great way to view all the apps and features that GrandPad has to offer. If you have any questions or would like to know more about GrandPad, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-545-1425. Thanks for posting today!

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  9. josie says

    I’m trying to add a phone number to my father’s grandpad so he can receive SMS messages and make calls. When I put in his area code or any area code, it says the grandpad user cannot add a grandpad phone number. I just ordered this for my dad. Should I wait until I am charged for the data?

    reply to josie

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for reaching out to us, Josie. I reviewed the account, and I see that you just placed your order. You may need to wait until the GrandPad has been activated to add that information. If you like, we can answer any other questions you may have as you get this setup at (888) 545-1425. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you enjoy staying connected with GrandPad!

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  10. Terri H says

    We are looking at this for our 86 yr old father who is hard of hearing. This has e mail which is great but have you developed a call text app so when he would place or recieve a call the call would come in as a text in addition to voice. If not consider this, in the growing older community this is a real problem. If would make this product much more sellable. For now how clear is the voice on this pad for the hard of hearing?

    reply to Terri

    • Hi Terri, thanks for the great suggestion! The speaker on the GrandPad is loud and clear for both calling and listening to music! In addition to email, video calling and voice calling, a feature that might be helpful for your father is the GrandPad can receive text messages from approved contacts that will arrive on the device just like an email. The GrandPad does come with our 30-day Risk-Free Guarantee so you and your father can give it a try and see how well it fits his needs. You can order GrandPad online or by giving us a call at 888-345-5509. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

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  11. Susie says

    can I play facebook games on this>?

    reply to Susie

  12. Ralph Pembleton says

    If I buy a Moto G6 from Motorola will it work with Consumer Cellular. If so, do I just have to switch sim card?

    reply to Ralph

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Ralph! First, you’ll want to make sure that the G6 is fully unlocked, and uses GSM technology. Then you can absolutely swap the SIM card from your current phone to see if it works properly. Once you’ve confirmed, just give us a call at 888-345-5509 or visit your local Target store to pickup a new SIM card. We’ll make sure all of the settings on the new phone are correct, and that’s it. We’re here if you have any other questions about using our SIM card with another device, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Thanks for posting, and we hope you have a great day!

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  13. Brittney says

    I recently purchased the GrandPad for my grandparents. When we are trying to place a video call we can not hear the individual on the other line. We can see the other person but there isn’t any audio. How do i fix this?

    reply to Brittney

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re happy to help you with that, Brittney. Your grandparents can contact us via the support function on the GrandPad, or you can give us a call at (888) 545-1425. Thank you for reaching out to us, and we look forward to assisting you!

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  14. james ortigara says

    DO I NEED THE INTERNET TO USE THE GRANDPAD?

    reply to james

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, James! The GrandPad comes complete with an internet connection, so you don’t need access to a home network or Wi-Fi. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have at 888-545-1425. Thank you again for reaching out to us, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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  15. W. Dale Warren says

    My Mother will be 90 on Sunday and I would like to set up her GrandPad remotely before she opens it. How can I do that? Thanks!

    reply to W.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Dale! When you call us to get started, we’ll help you set everything up so that her GrandPad is ready to use as soon as she opens the box. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509 at your convenience, and we’ll be ready to assist you. Thanks for posting today!

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  16. Janine says

    Can additional apps be downloaded to the GrandPad such as Uber or Lyft?

    reply to Janine

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Janine. At this time, those apps are not available for GrandPad. We’ll be sure to update our customers if that changes in the future. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have about GrandPad at 888-545-1425. Thanks again for reaching out to us, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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      • Lorna Hemp Boll says

        The articles I read said it would preloaded with one of the ride apps. Your commercials say so too. I bought it for my dad to use to get transportation because he does not have a cell phone and I wanted something easier. What’s up? Where is UBER?

        reply to Lorna

        • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

          Hi Lorna, the option to use Lyft with the GrandPad is something that is planned and still in development and testing at the moment. As soon as that feature is available, it would be preloaded onto the GrandPad directly without you needing to do anything.

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  17. Marlene says

    My mother like to be able to shop online at her favorite stores. Can she do that with the GrandPad?

    reply to Marlene

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Marlene! At this time, the GrandPad does not have a browser to access online shopping. We’re happy to tell you more about GrandPad and see if it is the right fit for your mother if you give us a call at 888-545-1425. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us today!

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  18. Doug Spivey says

    We just bought the Grandpad for our 88 yr old mother. Love the concept. However, when setting up for her at her house, we noticed the LTE reception at her house is marginal. She has good Hi Speed internet at her house. Can we connect to her WiFi when she is at home for a better experience for her?

    reply to Doug

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re happy to help you, Doug. You can connect GrandPad to Wi-Fi, and we can walk you through that process at your convenience. Please feel free to contact us via the Support option on the GrandPad, and we can get that setup with you. Thank you for commenting, and we hope you have a lovely day!

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  19. Denise Jordan says

    My grandma loves looking up medical terminology as well as just being able to look things up would she be able to do so with the Grandpad??

    reply to Denise

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Denise! There isn’t a standard web browser on the GrandPad, but there is a feature that includes the ability to view news, popular stories, and search for the definitions of words. We’re happy to tell you more at (888) 545-1425, so please feel free to call us at your convenience. Thank you for posting, and we hope to speak with you soon!

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  20. BILL ROGERS says

    Can grandpad work on wifi? Or, do you have to get the monthly cell service? My dad already has wifi at his house, so I was hoping to just connect the pad to it.

    reply to BILL

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Bill. The monthly plan for GrandPad includes LTE data access, so your dad won’t need to connect to Wi-Fi in order to enjoy everything this device has to offer. If you like, we can tell you more at (888) 545-1425. We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about GrandPad, and we hope you have a great day!

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      • barb says

        Hi Ashley,
        thinking about getting our parents a Grandpad. We live in the mountains, so our iphone cell service isn’t good – we have a landline so we can have a good conversation. Will we still have issues receiving and sending on our iphone with the grandpad?

        reply to barb

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          Thanks for asking, Barb. You would communicate with your GrandPad user via an app installed on your iPhone. If you have Wi-Fi at home, connecting to that would help ensure that your iPhone has the access needed to video chat, email and more. If you’re concerned about the coverage in your parents’ area, we can take a look and be able to give you an idea of what can be expected. All you need to do is give us a call at (888) 545-1425. We’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have, and help you place an order if you like. We appreciate you posting today, and we hope to speak with you soon!

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  21. Fred says

    Is there a way to use this with a pay-as-you-go plan? I love the idea, but $40 a month is a bit much. Thanks!

    reply to Fred

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Fred. The GrandPad can only function on our service, so it would not be able to be used with another carrier. For the $40, the service includes unlimited 4G LTE data, unlimited video calling, unlimited music streaming and much more. If you have any questions, please let us know.

      reply to Nicole

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Fred! At this time, we don’t offer a pay-as-you-go option, but there is no contract. We’re happy to tell you more if you like at 888-545-1425. We appreciate you taking the time to post!

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  22. Lorna Hemp Boll says

    This is a great idea in theory but am returning it today. Photo sharing and videos calls work well. Salespeople need to be better trained; I wasted a bunch of time adding contacts and photos, only to find no real internet (no Google), nothing to read (about 5 articles total, and on odd topics), and no UBER or any other transportation.

    reply to Lorna

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Lorna, and we’re sorry to hear that the GrandPad wasn’t the right fit for you. We appreciate you giving it a try, and we’re happy to assist you with a return at 888-545-1425. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

      reply to Ashley

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Lorna, I’m sorry to hear that the GrandPad didn’t work out for you. We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to pass it along.

      reply to Nicole

  23. Paul Stroik says

    Just set up a GrandPad for mother. Only glitch was the SIM Card being T-Mobile. We switched it out for AT&T SIM Card. Now works flawlessly. Everyone we worked with at CC were awesome. Knowledgeable and very patient considering the busy Holiday weekend.
    One question regarding Unlimited Ad Free Music advertised. Is this for the music in the different categories pre-installed? What is the limit on Saved Music Favorites.

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  24. Richard Schoustra says

    Hi there.

    I am considering this for my Mom. Is there a feature or app that allows me to connect remotely to the Grandpad in order to ‘show’ my Mom how to do X, Y, or Z, while I am talking to her on the phone? Something like ZOOM, or GOTOMeeting, or any number of conference / desktop sharing tools where I can ‘take control’ – This would be very helpful

    reply to Richard

    • Hi Richard, that is a great question. At this time, there is not a feature like that on the GrandPad for you to access but our GrandPad team does have some tools that help them to see what your mom would be seeing so that they can guide her through any questions or difficulties she may be having. They can be reached at 888-545-1425 or by tapping on the help button on the GrandPad device.

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  25. Isabella says

    We got the GrandPad because you said it would work in the zip code but it does not.

    reply to Isabella

    • Thank you for your post, Isabella. I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with service. What I would recommend is giving our GrandPad team a call directly at 888-545-1425 and they can assist with making sure it is connected properly or look into potentially switching you to our other set of towers to see if that would help.

      reply to Jacob

  26. Cynthia Ann Baas says

    QUESTION: Can the Grandpad be used if my cell phone service is not with Cellular and if so is the monthly cost still $40?

    reply to Cynthia

    • Hi Cynthia, that is a great question, thank you for your post! I would advise you can definitely have our GrandPad service and have your cell phone using a different provider. The service plan does cost $40 a month plus tax and it gives you access to unlimited 4G LTE data, Internet browsing, ad-free unlimited streaming music, customizable security options, mobile access for caregivers and family, and more. If you have any other questions, please feel free to give our GrandPad team a call at 888-545-1425.

      reply to Jacob

  27. Angela says

    Can grandpad be used to dial 911 in case grandpa needs to be sent to ER?

    reply to Angela

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Angela, the GrandPad cannot dial 911 or any shortcodes. In the event of an emergency, we recommend saving an emergency contact to the phone so that the user can dial them quickly when needed.

      reply to Nicole

  28. Teresa Witt-Johnston says

    Where is the closest store to see this grand pad in The Greenbrier or Conway area

    reply to Teresa

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Teresa, the nearest retail partner that has a GrandPad on display is Target at 501 Elsinger Blvd, Conway AR 72032. The contact number for that store is (501) 328-5739.

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