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Reader Help Requested: Cell Phones and Deployment

A reader, we'll call her Sharon, recently wrote with questions about cell phones and deployment.  I'll be honest, I don't know anything about cell phones on deployment.  We briefly looked into whether or not my husband could use his phone while he was overseas, then decided that it was too much hassle and expense.  So I'm asking my readers to help Sharon.

Here's her situation:

I need help finding a cell phone/carrier that will be affordable and allow lots of good communication between me and my deployed hubby. He's probably going to Afghanistan but we don't know for sure yet. We currently have Blackberry phones. Do they work in Iraq and/or Afghanistan? Does an iPhone work? (i have been jonesing for one and if it's the better phone by golly, I'll switch!!)I am looking to you for expert advice. Which carrier is best for military? Which phones do you recommend?Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

So, folks, what do you know?  Share the knowledge and I imagine that we'll help more than just Sharon.

Thank you!

 

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