whats the best cell phone and plan to get for my SR. he is in bootcamp right now, i have taken him off my plan but would like to set him up with a new plan and phone for him to take over when he is able in A school. because of him moving around in the navy i would like to know what is a good affordable plan for him and if they have any privileges being in the military.
Many offer military discounts, as retired Navy our Verizon plan is discounted (nit by much though). However, there are no worldwide plans, so do NOT lock him into anything until he has final orders. For example, on deployment they usually use calling cards or the very expensive satt phones on ships. If he gets orders to Japan, an American cell phone and plan is unfeasible and he has to buy a whole new one.
Be patient, let him know not to lock into a plan until he knows where he's going. Use a pay as you go plan until then.
And if he's a guy with newfound independence and a paycheck, he will want to choose his own phone. That's the thing about technology and shiny new toys... he will know what he wants, not what mom thinks is the best deal. Trust me on this one.
if he is based in the US, he can get a regular plan and when/if he deploys he can have it put on hold and he wont have to pay. He just calls his provider and tells them he will be deployed, Sprint does not charge for military holds not sure about other carriers plans. My sailor has had the same plan with the same provider since long before she went into the Navy, it has worked out fine.
I'm just suggesting to wait until he KNOWS he will be based in the US. He might not, and would need to suspend his contract until he was in the US after a couple years ... and still have the contract to finish. If he's in a long A school, he might want to chance it anyway.
We're very happy with Verizon even though it is expensive, because it works in places no other carrier seems to reach.
With a short A school, he might have follow on orders right away, and know in bot camp where he's headed. A graduation surprise is nice, but most phones require a two year contract... and what if it isn't the phone he wants, or he's going overseas? Surprises and the Navy don't work well together. Finding out what he'd prefer is just a good move.
Another plan is to go get him a phone on Friday graduation afternoon (or Saturday if he's staying in Great Lakes). There are phones at the NEX and the mall, plenty of sailors pick up phones those days. It shouldn't take long and you two could choose together.
You know, you can just say "okay" then ignore me if you think I'm wrong. Best of luck to your and your sailor!
thanks for the info, we will get him a phone at the nex, i hope they are open over thanksgiving.
They will be open the Friday and the weekend after for sure. He'll be going to training at Great Lakes before shipping out, so you should have most or all of the holiday weekend together. That will be nice!
One of the first thing new Sailors buy is a new cell phone, he will have money burning a hole in his pocket.
Also if you go and buy him a cell phone and he is flying out somewhere to "A" School and doesn't' leave until after you leave, he won't be able to have the cell phone on the RTC base.
Something else, is if you buy it and put it on your plan, or buy it and start a plan for him, he won't get the discount, he needs to be there to show the proper ID to get the military discount.
What rating he is going to be?
he is undesig seaman