6 Ways to Make a Claim Against Consumer Cellular
Want to Make your voice heard? Or Make them Pay?
We break down your options
So you have a complaint against Consumer Cellular’s service—maybe they’re overcharging you, or a salesperson misled you, or their service isn’t what they promised.
At this point you’ve probably tried calling Consumer Cellular’s customer service. You’ve spent hours on the phone with hold messages, computerized menus, and—if you’re lucky—a few humans. So now you want to know: How do I file a legal claim against Consumer Cellular?
Read on to learn about different ways of filing a claim against Consumer Cellular, and what you should know about each:
File an insurance Phone claim With Consumer Cellular (or your insurance provider)
What is it? A lot of people looking to file a claim against Consumer Cellular are looking to make a claim with the insurance covering their broken Consumer Cellular phone. If you purchased your insurance from Consumer Cellular directly, it came from a company called SquareTrade, and the site to make a Consumer Cellular phone claim with SquareTrade is here.
Other options for purchasing phone claim insurance include:
SquareTrade (make a phone claim here)
Geek Squad (make a phone claim here; you should know that Geek Squad plans are sold by Best Buy and may say they come from Assurant Solutions)
Apple Care (claim information here)
Samsung Premium Care (call 1-800-SAMSUNG or learn more here)
When to try it: If you have a damaged Consumer Cellular phone that fits within the situations covered by your device insurance.
What you need to do: Go the website of your phone claim insurer (such as SquareTrade, Apple Care, Samsung, SquareTrade, or Geek Squad) and answer a series of questions about the damage to your Consumer Cellular device.
What to expect: You’ll probably be asked to wait while the insurance company reviews your claim. If your claim is approved, they may offer to repair your Consumer Cellular phone or to pay for a replacement deivce. Follow their instructions carefully to make sure you are able to get this repair or replacement phone paid for.
File a claim against Consumer Cellular in small claims court
What is it? You’re not allowed to bring a claim against Consumer Cellular in most courts (it’s true — it’s there in the fine print of your contract with them). But the exception is small claims court, which is an opportunity to bring your claim locally before a judge, up to a certain monetary limit.
When to try it: You have have time and energy on your hands, and you want the chance to make your case against Consumer Cellular in public.
What you need to do: Follow the steps laid out here in Radvocate’s Guide to Sue Consumer Cellular in Small Claims Court.
What to expect: If you follow all the steps precisely and have a strong claim against Consumer Cellular, there’s a good chance you’ll get compensation.
File a claim against Consumer Cellular with your credit card provider
What is it? Any time you pay for something with a credit card, you and the company you are buying from (like Consumer Cellular) agree to follow a set of rules from the company issuing the credit card. In cases such as fraud, overcharges, or when the product or service is not actually provided, credit card companies have a procedure for you to dispute the charge.
When to try it: If your claim against Consumer Cellular is about a one time charge that was made using a credit card, and when you will be able to provide documented evidence that Consumer Cellular charged you more than they were allowed to, or for a service they didn’t provide.
What you need to do: Most credit card companies will let you do this process entirely online. Log in to your credit card account and look for more information on how to dispute and challenge a charge. Typically you’ll have to identify the charge, describe your claim, and if possible provide evidence to support it.
What to expect: The credit card company may temporarily remove the charge from your bill. They will then likely ask Consumer Cellular for a response. You may also be asked for more information or evidence before they make a final decision.
File an FCC complaint against Consumer Cellular
What is it? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a government agency that regulates much of Consumer Cellular’s business. The FCC provides an informal channel for consumers to submit claims and complaints against Consumer Cellular.
What happens to these claims depends on the internal procedures of the FCC. The FCC also provides a more formal complaint procedure, but there is a monetary charge for this.
When to try it: You’re frustrated with Consumer Cellular and want to make your complaint available to the government and the public. An FCC complaint is not a way to pursue compensation.
What you need to do: File an informal complaint against Consumer Cellular on the FCC’s public website by following the instructions here.
What to expect: Your complaint will be posted online in a public database. It may be used in setting the FCC’s priorities for regulating companies like Consumer Cellular. The company may be asked to respond to it. You will not necessarily receive an individual response.
File a Better Business Bureau complaint against Consumer Cellular
What is it? The Better Business Bureau and its local chapters are private organizations that collect and publish complaints against a wide range of companies. They are mainly funded by affiliate fees from businesses, and usually offer these business an opportunity to respond to consumer complaints.
When to try it: When Consumer Cellular’s BBB page show that it is actively involved in responding to complaints. Or, alternatively, when you want another way to get your dissatisfaction out there on the internet.
What you need to do: Go to Consumer Cellular’s BBB profile here and follow the instructions for submitting a complaint.
What to expect: This depends on whether the company actively responds to its BBB complaints. If it does, you may receive a response directly from them, or via the BBB. You may be asked for further documentation or clarification on your complaint. Ultimately, it is up to Consumer Cellular whether they choose to acknowledge and offer compensation for your claim.
File a complaint against Consumer Cellular through independent arbitration
What is it? Remember that thing about the small print of your Consumer Cellular contract? Well instead of most courts, what their contract allows you to do is to file a claim that will be argued before an independent individual called an arbitrator.
Because this process costs Consumer Cellular money, often they’ll try to settle your claim once you put them on notice that you plan on taking them to arbitration. That’s what Radvocate can help with!
When to try it: Any situation in which you believe Consumer Cellular has misled you, violated their contract with you, or violated the law can be pursued through arbitration. Typically claims involve a specific request for how Consumer Cellular can fix the situation, which may include financial compensation. Radvocate will help you pursue claims up to $10,000.
What you need to do: Fill out our form below, to start your claim against Consumer Cellular. Or, for more information on the steps in pursuing an arbitration claim yourself, click here.
What to expect: For more details about arbitration, click here. Or start your claim below and let us help!