Hey folks, does anyone have any idea as to what cell phone service provider has either A) the best military discounts, and B) the best options for military people, who of course will be overseas for long periods of times, and making calls internationally etc?
Also, I leave for BMT January 22nd (got a call from the recruiter today, check out the "Dates You're Leaving" thread) just to let ya all know ^ ^
good post......i would like to know too....
i've been with verizon since 2001, and when i joined the military, the transition was great, i get a discount on my bill and anything i buy in the store. oh and i didn't have to ask about the military discount, they asked me if i was getting it! and they're real easy to work with if you are getting deployed...
Dubya, how does everything work, with cell phones, when you are deployed? Do you still have service, do they allow you to put your plan on "hold"?
Snitz- Sprint/Nextel has a military discount, and they also have a plan for if you deploy.You only pay $5 a month to keep your services on.
I'm with T-Mobile now and I'm going back to Sprint ASAP, I haven't even had T-Mobile for a year and I've had 3 new phones...just my opinion!
i know that sprint alo has this thing where if you deploy or move oversease from the states, you can put your phone on a military hold, it basically means, they'll turn off your phone and you wont pay nothing every month an then when you get back, they'll turn it back on for you. but you have to show your orders before they turn it off.
I'll say verizon is nice. i heard they have a discount for the Military but haven't checked into it. The represenative i talked to said you can put your plan on hold if you go over seas / deplyed and he told me there was no charge. i think most services wouldn't be god overseas unless you have moey to blow on them but verizon told me of there global phones you can rent or something i'll have to find the link.
My son has been a Kadena for 3 months, Verison does NOT work there. However, he actually ported his cell phone number to Vonage, only $34/month and no charge for calls within his area code.
Verison does not have a military friendly seperation policy. It took a lot of bit@hing to have them eliminate the early termination fee.
All of the major providers have a kiosk in the main BX at Lackland...Ash opened her own account there after BMT grad...At the time AT&T offered the most significant discount 19% monthly...Unfortunately, I did not ask about the overseas or deployment scenario but, I will find out all of this info and get back with the information
This is a perfect example of how informative these boards can be...Good thread Snitz, maybe some others can give some info on what the discount is with their carrier and give more detailed info on the other stuff
Most cell phone companys will suspend your cell phone service while your deployed, you generally have to provide them with a copy of your orders. I personally went with AT&T, with the plane I guard I travel a lot, and there is no nationwide roaming *big sell point for me* free rollover minutes, etc. I took my phone with me when I deployed and it still recived a signal, not an AT&T one but the phone was still functional. So I went out and got myself a QTel sim card (local cell phone provider) and called AT&T for the sub city code, from there I was able to use my cell phone like any other prepaid phone. Once I got back to the states I just switched the sim card back! And reactivated my service in the airport terminal which was easy and painless enough!!
Just my 2cents!!!
p.s. I'm going to have to ask about that military discount! I didn't know AT&T offered one!
Jenny, don't wait to ask about the discount!!! It took Ash a couple of months for her discount to go into the system but, because she told them to make a note on her account every time she spoke to somebody about the process, she received a substantial credit....she had to provide proof of service(ID) and a copy of her LES, I think.....
Good info Jenny!!
you probably wont have service at your deployed location, but you can suspend your contract while you're gone for up to 15 months i believe. and there are no penalties to do so. whoever you go with, make sure you only work with the corporate stores, no authorized retailers... they will screw you over.
you cant take any type of american phone oversease. most people just buy a pay as you go out there, thats what we did. if you have a phone that can work any where in the world, then you could get a pay as you go plan an put the sim card in the phone. if your in england, the best plan to go with is Vodafone..thas what we had an it was pretty good, you didnt pay to listen to you voicemail and i think its free when someone calls you so you wont get charged. another thing guys, DONT CALL CELL PHONES FROM A LAND LINE!! its real expensive. we learned that the hard way the first time we got staitioned out there. when you call a cell phone from a land line its like $1 a min...it may not be that high but its high tho, jus to let ya know!
I've used Verizon everywhere I've been and it's easy to change your numbers with them when you relocate. 19 percent military discount and I've had the best coverage with them also. By the way Jan 22 was when I left last year hard to believe a year will have gone by.
I have been in turkey for 2 years, put my phone on hold... sent our orders in and even called verizon 4 months before returing to tell them I would be back in June( they said no problem) when I called in April.. my numbers had been disconnected.. But I couple apply.... And they and no answerers for me why they had messed up my service... after 10 yrs with them they had nothing... dont hold your breath if you are planning to get you number back after be overseas..
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I don't want to beat you up, but you're responding to a post that was last active in 2007! Chances are, the original poster has served his enlistment, and been discharged two years.
But you DID provide some good, pertinent information about the possibility of losing your original number.
Thanks for checking in, and don't be a stranger.
Happy to be here, proud to serve.
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You might transfer your cell # to a Google Voice account for free. That way you get voice mail messages via email.
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