Consumer Cellular operates on AT&T and T-Mobile networks now
AT&T MVNO Consumer Cellular has started shipping T-Mobile SIMs to its customers which leads to conclusion that Consumer Cellular operates on AT&T and T-Mobile networks now. It’s all started with a Howard Forums member that’s received a T-Mobile SIM from Consumer Cellular instead of expected AT&T’s. He has confirmed with Consumer Cellular’s customer support that “they use both T-mobile & AT&T” and that they’ve sent him a T-Mobile SIM since “they thought T-mobile had better coverage” based on his zip code. The agent also said that they have added T-mobile 6 months ago.
Consumer Cellular’s customer support has also explained:
“Our service utilizes two of the largest networks in the U.S., T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless. The majority of our customers are utilizing the AT&T network, however we do have some customers who have been set up on the T-Mobile network, if the coverage in their local area is stronger with T-Mobile.
Having multiple carriers to choose from allows us to provide the best coverage possible based on a customer’s needs. In fact, if a customer wants to be a on a specific network we are more than happy to fulfill their request.”
Consumer Cellular was an AT&T MVNO that can roam on T-Mobile but now that customers can choose T-Mobile SIM, it means that they will be using T-Mobile network whenever available and roam on networks of other carriers that T-Mobile has an agreement with only when T-Mobile coverage is out of reach.
The coverage map on the Consumer Cellular’s website seems to be a mix of AT&T and T-Mobile’s coverage.
For some time, TracFone was the one to provide service on multiple networks but now, Red Pocket that used to be AT&T MVNO only has joined them with providing prepaid service on all four major networks. Rok Mobile operates on T-Mobile and Sprint while Sprint MVNO Ting has started operating on T-Mobile recently as well.
Source: Consumer Cellular