Tune into more music than ever—all from your cellphone!

Have you discovered all the ways your cellphone can play music? It may be worth a second look. These days, the options for music appreciation on cellular devices just keep growing, even on our feature phones. And thanks to all the new technology, expanding your music collection or finding new artists is easier than ever.

For starters, many cellphones include a built-in FM radio receiver and tuner that actually uses your headphone or earbud wires as an antenna, so you can dial into your favorite station whenever you like. Our Doro 626 PhoneEasy and the Consumer Cellular 101 are great for enjoying the radio on the go. No data plan is required, either! Smartphones have even more radio options for you to try, which we’ll talk about in a second.

Another way to catch your favorite albums or songs is by using an MP3 player. Found on most cellphones these days, this simple feature allows you to play songs you’ve saved to your device or stored on its SD card. MP3 players are a great option when traveling, especially while on a plane because you can keep listening, even in ‘Airplane mode.’

You may have noticed people playing songs or music videos through their internet connections lately. It’s called ‘streaming,’ and thanks to faster internet connections and newer technology, the quality is now comparable to MP3s. Smartphones and tablets like the Huawei MediaPad stream music using a variety of apps. Some even take music listening to a whole new level that’s tailored to your specific tastes, allowing you to listen to music in real-time and by genre. Download a free app like Pandora (which we’ve reviewed here) and you can even create your own playlists!

Also, check out the endless internet radio stations or podcasts to stream directly from their own apps or via iTunes like Radio Paradise. Some even provide an option to save their station’s broadcasting for later, so you can playback the songs without using data.

If watching music videos is your thing, don’t miss out on all the new and legendary ones on sites like YouTube. Sharing them with old buddies can definitely revive some fun memories. They’re also great for family reunions or theme parties with friends. Keep in mind though that streaming music or videos will consume data from your plan, so do try to use Wi-Fi connections whenever possible to avoid this.

It’s true, there’s always a reason to celebrate. And, nothing warms up the soul like good music. No matter where you are!

32 Thoughts on "Tune into more music than ever—all from your cellphone!"

  1. ed cymbal says

    Do not use phone much. Need to view your bottom price for service.
    All charges specified, like taxes etc. plus monthly charge of $10.00.
    What is the charge per min?

    reply to ed

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We would love to welcome you to Consumer Cellular, Ed. Our plans start at just $10 a month. This is ideal for someone who only uses a phone in emergencies or very sparingly, and each minute is $0.25. If you find yourself needing more minutes, our 250 minute plan is just $15 per month. Best of all, you can always change your plan, so if you go on a trip or need to talk more, you can make adjustments as needed. Taxes are determined by your local government, so we recommend checking with them for the average paid in your area. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have about our service at 888-345-5509. Thank you for taking the time to post, and we look forward to speaking with you!

      reply to Ashley

  2. thomas jamison says

    The phone reads invalid card. I can’t call because I don’t have another phone. How many days does it take to answer your emails? I guess I’ll check tomorrow.

    reply to thomas

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Thomas. First, please remove the back of your phone and make sure the SIM card is fully in place. Then try turning your phone off, then back on again. For the best results, we recommend doing this outdoors. This will allow your phone to reconnect to the nearest tower with a strong signal. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, we’re happy to help you troubleshoot further. Our email team will be responding to your shortly, but we are also available at 888-345-5509 if you need more assistance. We appreciate you taking the time to post, and we look forward to helping you get this resolved!

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  3. phillip campos says

    Will my sprint moto g work on Consumer Cellular?

    reply to phillip

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Phillip. In general, phones used previously with AT&T or T-Mobile work best with our service, as do most unlocked, GSM devices. If your Moto G has a SIM card slot, we’re happy to see if our SIM card will work with your phone. You can find our SIM cards on our website here, or at your local Target or Sears store. We’re happy to help you get started over the phone as well at 888-345-5509 if that works better for you. We appreciate you taking the time to post today, and we hope to see you as a Consumer Cellular customer soon!

      reply to Ashley

  4. Barbara says

    I called for help — was told it would be 5 to 10 minutes wait — it’s now 40 minutes on hold. What time does your office close — and why don’t you have a message that the office is closed.

    reply to Barbara

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We apologize for the inconvenience, Barbara. I was able to take a look at your account, and I see that we were able to assist you and get your issue resolved. As for our hours, we close at 9:00pm PST Monday through Friday, and at 8:00pm PST on Saturday and Sunday. We’re also always happy to assist you via email at Service@ConsumerCellular.com. Thank you for being so patient, and if we can assist you with anything further, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to post, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  5. doyle wood says

    When I turned on my phones this morning, both had “no service” on the screens. Can’t call since I have no landline.

    reply to doyle

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re sorry to hear that, Doyle. Please try turning your phone off, then going outdoors. Then turn your phone on again. This will allow your phone to reconnect to the tower nearest you with a strong signal. If that doesn’t work, we’re happy to assist you via email at Service@ConsumerCellular.com if you are unable to give us a call. In most cases, turning your phone off, then back on will resolve the issue. Thank you for reaching out to us!

      reply to Ashley

  6. Jean Demkowicz says

    Can’t make call or send message…..don’t have landline. HELP

    reply to Jean

  7. Jean Demkowicz says

    Thanx. was able to reconnect!

    reply to Jean

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re glad to hear that you were able to reconnect, Jean. If your phone ever loses a signal, turning it off, then back on again will often resolve the issue. If we can help you with anything else at this time, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us!

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  8. George degraw says

    Should have rollover data , like other plans …..

    reply to George

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We appreciate the feedback, George. In our experience, many customers who previously had plans with rollover data found that they were paying for data they never used. With our plans, you can change your plan at any time, so you only pay for what you need. That way, if you find you have more data than you need at the end of a month, you can change to a smaller plan and actually save money. We’re happy to speak with you about our plans at 888-345-5509 at your convenience. I have passed your comments on to our management team for review, and we appreciate you taking the time to share them with us. Thank you for commenting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  9. judy says

    How do I receive music from my pc? I have a Huawei envoy. Thanks!

    reply to judy

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Judy. The easiest way to do this with your Envoy is to use an SD memory card. You can move the music files from your PC to the card, then place the card in the Envoy. Many computers even have a slot specifically for an SD card, so it’s a pretty simple way to enjoy your favorite music wherever you are. If you have any questions or need any help, just give us a call at 888-345-5509 and we will be happy to assist you. Thank you for taking the time to post on the blog today!

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  10. Vic says

    I’m new to Smartphones and Consumer Cellular.
    I have a question regarding Pandora radio.
    If I stream Pandora radio to my phone and use the bluetooth feature in my car to send the music thru the car radio, do I incur data charges?
    data charges for streaming Pandora music?

    reply to Vic

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Those are great questions, Vic. In general, when you’re streaming music and you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi, you will use data from your plan. This is true even if you’re connected to Bluetooth and you’re using your car’s speakers. We recommend using Pandora with a Wi-Fi connection whenever you can, so you can save your data for those trips on the open road! If we can answer any other questions you may have, just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to help you. Thank you for taking the time to post!

      reply to Ashley

  11. William Wilson says

    Does fm radio use count against my available talk time?

    reply to William

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, William. Using the FM radio feature with your Consumer Cellular 101 flip phone will not count against your plan minutes. Just a reminder: you’ll need to have some earbuds or headphones plugged in to act as an antenna to get a strong signal. If we can answer any other questions you may have, feel free to call us at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to post today!

      reply to Ashley

  12. Steve judd says

    I listen to pandora all day long, will consumer cellular still work for me ???

    reply to Steve

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Steve! You can listen to Pandora all day long while connected to Wi-Fi, and you won’t use any data from your plan. If you listen to it in the car or while away from home, it will require data usage. We’re happy to speak with you about how you use your phone and recommend a plan that will be a good fit. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we’ll be ready to help you. We appreciate you posting today!

      reply to Ashley

  13. Khristian Rodriguez says

    What’s the song you guys play on your call holds

    reply to Khristian

  14. Annie perez says

    I like listening to spotify and pandora while I’m out for my walks in the morning. Does pandora work better with CC than spotify? Please let me know.

    reply to Annie

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Annie! Both of those apps can be used with our service, so it really depends on which one you prefer. Just be mindful that these apps can use data from your plan, so connect via Wi-Fi as much as possible. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us, and we hope you enjoy your music!

      reply to Ashley

  15. Russ says

    Is there An unlimited music streaming option through consumer cellular

    reply to Russ

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Russ, we do not have our own music streaming service but if you are using a smartphone then you can use apps like Spotify or Pandora to stream music. You will want to look into their terms, as those apps have subscription services available.

      reply to Nicole

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