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Military families are always on the go, and most times the best way to communicate with loved ones who may be spread throughout the country is with cell phones. That’s why it’s great news that most of the major cell phone service providers offer military discounts on cellular and wireless plans to active duty service members, and in some cases, veterans as well.

Do some comparison shopping to find the right cell phone plan for you and your family. Remember to take into consideration the many different plans offered for cellular use (talk and text) and data use (Internet connection).

For instance, if you use your cell phone mainly for talking and texting but not for surfing the web, focus on a plan with unlimited talk and text and a small data plan. However, if you use your phone for frequently checking email and watching videos, you might look into a plan with more data. Overage charges can get costly so you want to avoid going over your data allocation. 

Once you know what you want, use the following military discounts to get the best deal to suit your needs. Please contact the cell phone provider to check your eligibility.

Veteran Owned and Operated Cellular Company

Defense Mobile is a new nationwide 4G mobile service, built by veterans, supported exclusively by veterans and designed to connect and improve the lives of military service members, veterans and their families. Defense Mobile runs on the nation’s largest networks.  This means that in most cases you will receive the same coverage you are used to, at a better price, as well as access to a suite of tools and services designed for the military community. Additionally, Defense Mobile sets aside 10% of their profits to support the military community through the Veteran Service Organizations and non-profits that support it. 


AT&T Wireless offers special savings to military personnel and veterans – including 15% off your monthly service and discounted rates for devices and accessories. The discount is available at your local AT&T wireless store, a military installation, or you can call Customer Service. 

Boost Mobile

To help deployed military personnel Boost Mobile allows service men and women to keep their accounts and phone numbers intact while deployed overseas. While enrolled in the Deployed Military Program, no service charges will be incurred and no reactivation fees will be applied when the account is restored.

nTelos Wireless

ntelos Wireless offers a 15% discount to all active duty military and veterans. 


The Sprint Discount Program offers active duty military personnel, National Guard, Reserves, and veterans a 15% discount off select rate plans. Sprint also offers a Military Suspend program for service personnel who are deployed. And if you're heading to Japan, U.S. military personnel receive special wireless benefits from SoftBank (the parent company to Sprint). 


The T-Mobile Advantage program offers up to 15% off to active duty military and veterans. This discount may apply to lines and data packages. Go online or call a T-Mobile representative to see if you're eligible. The actual amount of the discount varies.

US Cellular

Active duty military, National Guard, Reserve, and veterans who are U.S. Cellular customers can receive a 15% discount off their calling plan charges on individual single line and/or family plans. 


Verizon offers discounts to service members and veterans, including 15% off plans $34.99 or higher. There may also be discounts on data as well as 25% off accessories in some cases. 


If you or a loved one is stationed overseas, Vonage is another way to communicate. Vonage is an Internet phone service in which you hook a box up to your high-speed Internet connection and then use your phone like a regular landline. Vonage offers military families unlimited calling to more than 60 countries and free shipping to APO/FPO addresses.

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