Consumer Cellular vs. Visible: Plans and Costs
Consumer Cellular plans start at $15 per month for unlimited talk. While this plan isn’t advertised on their website, it’s available when you call and inquire about it. One step up from that plan is their $20 per month plan, which includes unlimited talk and text, plus 1 GB of data. Consumer Cellular also offers a plan with 10 GB of data for $35 per month, and a plan with unlimited data for $50 per month.
Keep in mind, 1 GB of data is roughly the amount required to stream one hour and 20 minutes of standard-definition video, so this option would be good only for a person who occasionally uses their phone for browsing the web. Luckily, if a person exceeds their data allowance, Consumer Cellular doesn’t impose overage charges; rather, they’ll simply upgrade you to the next tier of plan for that billing period.
Visible wireless plans are a bit more simple than Consumer Cellular’s. Currently, the provider offers two plans — Visible and Visible+ — both of which offer unlimited talk, text, and data. The primary difference between the two plans is the availability of high-speed data. At $25 per month, the basic Visible plan will throttle your data speeds after 50 GB of use in a given month. Visible+, on the other hand, offers unlimited 5G Ultra Wideband for the fastest data speeds.
Overall, Consumer Cellular offers the better deal for light data users, while Visible provides more affordable data access. The only caveat to this is Consumer Cellular’s discount for multiple lines of service. No matter which plan you’re on, additional Consumer Cellular lines will cost you $15 per month. So while one of their unlimited data plans costs $50 per month, three lines will only cost you $80 per month, amounting to roughly $27 per month per line.
Senior Plan Availability
Visible doesn’t offer a specific phone plan for seniors. Consumer Cellular, however, offers an AARP discount of 5 percent on any plan, as well as a special unlimited plan for AARP members.
For AARP members, Consumer Cellular offers a plan with unlimited talk, text, and data that costs $55 for two lines. To be eligible for this deal, you must purchase two lines and be an AARP member.