Apologies to these two, who are probably tech industry professionalsPhoto: Ed Yourdon
The stock photos on Consumer Cellular’s website all feature senior citizens. The buttons are gigantic. There’s a special deal for AARP members. I’m 33 and I love this phone company.
Consumer Cellular sells reasonably priced phone plans with very simple cutoff points. For $67 a month after taxes, I get 5GB of data, unlimited texts, and 250 minutes of talk. (You can play with the plan prices here.) Granted, that’s after buying my phone outright from Apple. But CC also offers phone payment plans.
What’s more impressive is how simply I can manage this plan. Three plain charts show how much of my minutes and data I’ve used and will probably use by the end of the month. Looks like I’m not going to use up my 5GB, so I downgrade to 3GB. (Every page on the site is laid out this cleanly and elegantly.)
Screenshot: Consumer Cellular
If I ever go over, Consumer Cellular will just bump me up to the next level with no added fee. (It’d be nice if they’d automatically bump me down, but one’s reach must exceed one’s grasp, or what’s a heaven for.)
5GB is plenty if you stream music, but if you’re streaming movies on mobile, check your data usage before switching. If you use more than 10GB a month, this is not the plan for you, you digital-native millennial.
CC piggybacks on existing carrier networks; I noticed no service change after switching from AT&T. But I live in New York City. If you’re in a rural location and already happy with your coverage, you might not want to risk losing it.
But otherwise, CC feels like the ideal phone company experience. Even customer service was friendly and helpful, the one time I needed it. If it sounds any better than your provider, I suggest the switch. Come live with me in the mobile phone retirement community.
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