The majority of popular cell phone plans offered by the big five wireless service providers are offered at a discount to active duty military personnel. The discount is typically about 15% before taxes and fees, and there is often a further discount for phone and PDA accessories. This means that for a $99.99 monthly service plan, you'll be saving nearly $180 a year! Getting this military discount on popular wireless plans is easy if you know where to go and what to ask for. You can get the discount whether you're a new customer or have been with one of the wireless companies for years. The wireless companies offering a military discount on their service plans are Alltel, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.
Decide which of the five major wireless companies you'd like to start a plan with. Service availability, plan options, and specific phones will likely factor into that decision.
Go to the company's physical store to speak with a customer service representative. You'll need your military ID at a minimum in order to verify your active duty status. Some of the companies may also require a copy of your current orders.
If you'd rather take care of this process online, all five companies except for Alltel allow you to register for the military discount on their popular wireless plans online. Listed below are links to each company's website.
Enjoy your discount! Your next bill should reflect your updated wireless plan cost.
Worth noting, these discounts are generally only available if you sign up for a wireless plan for a two-year contract commitment, not for pre-paid or month-to-month plans. However, if you are justifiably concerned about signing up for a long-term contract because you have the prospect of being deployed in the near future, you can rest easy. All five of the big wireless companies will suspend your plan (at no cost) when you're deployed, if that's your desire. You need only call customer service with your requested dates. Getting the discount on accessories is easy once the company knows you're active duty. You can get the discounted accessories either in-store or via the company's website.
If getting the military discount in-store, you'll need to bring your current military ID. If registering online, you'll likely need to provide your work .mil or .gov email address. You'll also need access to this email account in order to verify your active duty status.
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