Optimum Mobile vs. Consumer Cellular, Evaluating both brands

Shopping for new phone plans?

As you probably already know, there are a ton of mobile service providers out there. Figuring out which one is best for you and your family can certainly be a bit of a daunting task. To assist you with this task, we’ll be taking a closer look at both Optimum Mobile and Consumer Cellular, evaluating service, prices, and perks. Hopefully, this article will help you decide whether either might be right for you!

What is Optimum Mobile and Consumer Cellular?

Optimum Mobile, previously Altice Mobile, is the mobile service affiliated with both the Optimum and Suddenlink brands. They operate under Altice USA, boasting 5 million customers spanning 21 states.  Optimum services are available in the tri-state area, whereas Suddenlink’s footprint is in the west and mid-Atlantic states. Their mobile service runs on the T-Mobile network. Do know that their mobile offerings aren’t limited to their fixed footprint, since their mobile service utilizes the T-Mobile network. They are on America’s largest, fastest, and most reliable 5G network. 

Consumer Cellular is an American mobile virtual network that provides wireless service using network capacity from both AT&T and T-Mobile. Their service is available to people of all ages but they market predominantly to senior citizens.

How much do their services cost?

Optimum Mobile offers 1 GB, 3 GB and Unlimited plans, each of these offers both unlimited talk and text. The 1GB plan is $19/month, the 3 GB plan is $32/month, and an Unlimited data plan is $60/month. These plans all offer flexibility to switch at any time, as well as a free mobile hotspot, nationwide coverage, 5G access, and no multi-line commitments.  

Consumer Cellular has a variety of plans that decrease in price when you add more lines to your plan. If you have one line, it is $25/month for 500MB of shared data, $30/month for 3GB of shared data, $40/month for 10GB of shared data, $50/month for 15GB of shared data, and $60/month for unlimited data. All these plans come with unlimited talk and text, however, you can opt for talk only for lower monthly rates. 

Optimum Mobile Plans & Pricing  Consumer Cellular Mobile Plans & Pricing 
1 GB for $19/month  500 MB for $25/month
3 GB for $32/month  3 GB for $30/month
10 GB for $40/month 
Unlimited data for $60/month  15 GB for $50/month
$60/month for Unlimited Data

What deals do they offer?

Optimum Mobile promotes that their service is 40% cheaper than their competitors. You can even go to the Optimum website and enter the monetary amount of your monthly phone bill to find out how much you’d save if you switched to Optimum mobile. 

Consumer Cellular offers a $10 invoice credit to both you and another person if you recommend their service and that person chooses to sign up for Consumer Cellular. They also offer special benefits to AARP members, such as a 5% discount on monthly service, as well as an extended, 45-day risk-free guarantee.

What else do they offer?

Optimum does not require any contracts or multiline commitments. You can upgrade, downgrade or cancel your service at any time without any penalties. They offer unlimited talk and text, a free mobile hotspot, nationwide coverage, and 5G access. 

Consumer Cellular offers discounts for adding multiple lines, with each additional person being $15/month. Like Optimum Mobile, they offer flexible plans without monthly contracts. They have a strong reputation in the United States, as well as award-winning customer service based in the U.S. They state that they grant access to 99% of the population due to using the networks of the largest cell providers in the country.

We hope we have helped get you closer to choosing a mobile service provider for you and your family! Truth be told, you’ve got nothing to lose trying out either of these two options, as they both exhibit affordability, good quality service, and great perks to boot! 

Wishing you all the best with your mobile service search! 

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