T-Mobile unveils massive new military discount, pledges thousands of jobs for veterans

Matt Saintsing
April 19, 2018 - 1:07 pm

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T-Mobile is rolling out some crazy new discounts for the military, veterans, and their families, as well as making its biggest veteran hiring commitment ever, pledging to recruit and hire 10,000 more veterans and military spouses in the next five years.

On April 22, active-duty, Guard and Reserve, military retirees and other vets, and Gold Star families can sign up for the T-Mobile ONE Military program, and cash in on some huge savings.

“We’re going full-throttle to support our military and their families,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.

“This is T-Mobile’s biggest discount ever for families. Our biggest hiring commitment ever. And, we’re putting our biggest network investment ever – our $8 billion in nationwide spectrum – to work so that military communities aren’t left behind when it comes to 5G. Why are we going this big? Because ‘thank you for your service’ – that’s why.”

For service members

Those enrolled in the program can expect a 20 percent discount for their first phone line, and half off each line after that. In other words, the first phone line would be $55, down from $70. $25 for a second line, and $10 for up to three additional lines.

A family with four cell-phone lines should expect to pay $100 a month, under this plan, which translates to annual savings of $665 compared to AT&T, and $764 compared to Verizon with their military discounts.

The service member or veteran must be the primary account holder, and must enroll in an automatic payment plan, for the family to qualify. What if you get deployed? No worries, the wireless service will work with families to set up and verify the plan’s discount.

Military customers can also get 50 percent off some Samsung phones, including the Galaxy S9 and S9+, through vouchers and bill credits in May.

Veterans

For veterans, proof of service is required. For those without a military or retiree identification card, T-Mobile will accept other documents, such as the coveted DD-214.

Additionally, the discount will be available to veteran-owned businesses.

 To check out the plan, visit any T-Mobile store, including wireless service concessionaires throughout military bases, or call 1-800-TMobile (1-800-866-2453).

T-Mobile has also committed to recruit and hire 10,000 more veterans and military spouses in the next five years, which builds off their 2016 commitment to hire 5,000 veterans and spouses.

“At T-Mobile, we don’t just see the uniform…we see the family behind the uniform,” said Legere.

“I was shocked when I learned that over half of service members experience some unemployment after leaving the military and active-duty spouses have a 4x higher unemployment rate than the national average.”