We’ve just finished our first full month on Consumer Cellular. When we had AT&T, we had two lines with 1 MB shared data and we paid $73/month including tax, fees and other extra charges.
With Consumer Cellular, we have two lines with 2 MB shared data and we’re paying $42/month, including taxes, fees and other charges. So, right off the bat, I’m like CC better simply because of the savings.
With CC, we drove from here to Arkansas, stayed out in the woods with no TV or internet, and both our phones worked flawlessly. They’re hitting on AT&T towers so it’s probably the exact same service . . no better/no worse . . than we would have had with AT&T. I’ve read that AT&T will slow down the lesser companies’ customers if it’s a a peak time when the towers/lines are at capacity but we never noticed any diminished speed/quality.
The problem I did have — 2 MB data. With us having been gone for 8 days, using the phone for everything – blogging, sharing photos, directions, restaurant reviews, by the time we left Arkansas, I still had right at two weeks left and had used over 1.5 MB of data. Had we run out, they would have bumped us up to the next level and we would have paid something like $10 extra – no big deal . . for me, but Vince would have squawked.
By the end of the billing period, I had used 1.80 MB — pretty close, but I didn’t go over.
We’re 100% happy with Consumer Cellular. One thing I would recommend if you’re thinking about switching – they have a map on their site and it shows coverage areas. If you’re in an area that shows spotty coverage, or if that’s an area where you visit often, I wouldn’t recommend switching because saving money is one thing . . having no cell service is terrible!