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Overview

Everyone needs to feel connected. This is truer for older adults than anyone else. Often, they live alone and are retired. This means that they do not get out on a regular basis and thus do not often socialize. Having a cellular phone can change all of that. It can help older adults to stay connected as well as providing them with the security to leave the house and be able to reach help no matter where they are.

Features for Seniors

Seniors are often drawn to features such as larger button and screens, better lighting, and clearer louder speakers. Consumer Cellular has taken that into consideration with its cellular offerings. Regardless of which features an older adult finds appealing, Consumer Cellular has a solution that fits the need.

Costs

The costs of having cellular phone service through Consumer Cellular include the price of the phone, the monthly service plan chosen, and any additional accessories purchased. These costs can be reduced by bringing a phone to the plan using the free Consumer Cellular SIM card. Otherwise, the phone is likely going to be the largest cost.

Another way to lower costs is to connect those friends and family that are called the most on one plan. Additional lines are just $15 per month and share talk, text, and data services. The reason this can save so much is that Consumer Cellular allows members of the same plan to call each other with no charge.

Phone Cost

Phone costs vary depending on what type of phone is needed. If checking out pictures of the grandchildren on social media, playing games like Candy Crush, or perusing the internet is the goal, there are a number of smartphones available through Consumer Cellular. For older adults who only want simple calling features and the security a cell phone can provide, a simple flip phone could be all that is needed. In fact, Consumer Cellular has the Doro 7050 which is designed with the senior in mind.

DORO 7050 – $50.00 – Red or Graphite

This handy little flip phone is designed with the older adult in mind. To that end, it has features such as:

  • A handily located Assistance button to allow rapid connection to an emergency contact
  • Large well-spaced keys to make texting and calling easier
  • Clear and easy to see 2.8-inch main display that is well lit
  • 2 MP camera with built-in flash
  • 4G LTE & Bluetooth compatibility
  • Video recording capabilities
  • Storage via microSD card – up to 64 GB – not included
  • External display screen
  • The battery has 14.5 hours of talk time & 16 days of standby time
  • Hearing Aid compatible (M4 or T4)

ALCATEL GO FLIP – $30.00 – Black or Red

Another flip phone, the Alcatel Go Flip offers an economical way to keep in touch. With some features that older adults will find useful, it is a smart choice for Consumer Cellular customers. It includes features such as:

  • Classic 12 button keypad with large buttons
  • A colorful brightly lit main display screen
  • External screen display
  • Bluetooth 3.0 capable
  • Storage via microSD card – up to 32 GB – not included
  • 2 MP digital camera with 6x digital zoom
  • Contacts & Calendar Apps installed
  • FM Radio
  • Battery with 7 hours of talk time and 12 days of standby time
  • Hearing Aid compatible (M4 or T4)

ZTE WIRELESS HOME PHONE BASE – $50

This unique tool allows Consumer Cellular customers to convert their landline phone to cellular service. It can be added like a second line to any Consumer Cellular account for only $15 per month extra. Customers simply plug in their existing phone base into the device, no wall jack is needed. Customers can even keep their existing phone number if they choose to. In addition, it offers features such as:

  • Totally wireless service using Consumer Cellular’s nationwide network
  • Complete portability: Like a cell phone, this can be used anywhere. All it needs is an electrical outlet and a strong cellular signal, even on vacation.
  • Battery backup allows customers to stay connected in a power outage

GRANDPAD $200

This eight-inch tablet is ideal for keeping seniors connected to their friends and family. It also provides an excellent avenue for accessing features like online games, curated news stories, music streaming, video capabilities, and much more.

  • Video chatting with a high definition display and clear volume from the dual speakers
  • Share photos, draft emails, and/or send voice messages
  • Approve family and/or friends to connect to GrandPad via Android or iOS App

Smart Phone Options

Consumer Cellular offers smartphones that range from $50 to $500. They include Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones, and Moto E5 phones. They feature large touchscreens and the ability to access the Internet and Apps.

Monthly Service Plans

All of the plans offered by Consumer Cellular are available without a contract and include the same calling features. These features make getting and making calls easier and include things such as:

  • Caller ID
  • Call forwarding
  • Call waiting
  • Three-way Conference Calling
  • Voicemail
  • International Direct Dial

Talk Plans

Consumer Cellular offers two affordable nationwide talk plans from which customers can choose. The first provides 250 minutes of call time for $15 per month. The second is their Unlimited plan that – as its name implies – provides unlimited incoming and outgoing calls for only $20 per month.

Connect Plans

These plans provide Consumer Cellular customers with texting and data services. The texting services are unlimited and included with the purchase of any data plan. They max out at 20 GB and each gigabyte after that is charged at $5 per GB up to 30 GB. Once a customer reaches 30 GB, their data services might be suspended.

The Consumer Cellular Connect plans include offerings such as:

  • 250 MB for $5 per month
  • 2 GB for $10 per month
  • 5 GB for $20 per month
  • 10 GB for $30 per month
  • 20 GB for $40 per month

There are no overage fees if a customer goes over their allotted plan amount. In fact, Consumer Cellular will automatically upgrade those customers to the next level of plan to cover the overage.

Senior Discounts

Consumer Cellular has been an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) preferred provider since 2008. As such, AARP members are eligible for exclusive discounts with the company. These include:

  • 5 percent off monthly fees and usage charges
  • 30 percent off of select accessories
  • 45-day risk-free money back guarantee

Although not specific to senior customers only, Consumer Cellular also offers a referral program that provides a discount. Each time a customer refers a friend who signs up for service both of them receive a one time $10 credit. This referral reward can be used an unlimited number of times.

Summary

With five consecutive J.D. Power awards for being “Highest in Customer Service among Non-Contract Value Wireless Providers,” Consumer Cellular stands out from the crowd. Their reputation for customer satisfaction is further attested to by their history with the Better Business Bureau (BBB); continuous A+ or A- ratings since 1999.

While their data charges seem to be a little high, Consumer Cellular seems to have the senior in mind. With their total risk-free 100 percent guarantee, trying their service out for 30 days may be just the thing to decide if it is right for the individual. Read our full review of Consumer Cellular's senior plans here.