Originally Posted by Johnny M
... we switched to Consumer Cellular which is on the ATT network and we couldn't be happier! ...
I've been with CC also for a few years now.. two lines that share up to 750 minutes, text and very limited internet (30 MB, yes MB not Gig)...
All for under $38 a month
CC is great for people who are generally light
uses of their phones, and do not stream video or use other very intensive internet services. And for people who, while generally are light
uses, do have occasional spikes in usage. You can upgrade or downgrade your plan at anytime. No contract or roaming charge. Thats me - I use my cell phone hardly at all for a few months, then hit the road and use it a lot. (BTW, line 2 is used regularly)
Consumer Cellular operates on two different networks: AT&T and T-Mobile. I have found AT&T coverage good for the most part. Not as extensive as Verizon, but in the areas I go it is fine.
CC plans do go lower in cost than what I am paying so its not unreasonable to have a CC phone as a back up - one that might work on the AT&T (or T-Mobile) network when your primary phone does not.
I recently upgraded from a 5 year old 3G phone to a Moto G (gen 3) LTE phone and I am very happy with it. These phones do cost $175-$229, a cost that should be factored in. Thats an additional $3.82 a month if I keep the phone for five years. There are other options for phones of course.