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T-Mobile's Military Discount Is Great, but Less Than Advertised

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When you look at the basics of the T-Mobile military discount, it holds its own when compared to similar programs offered by bigger, more traditional carriers. While it’s not quite as sweet of a deal as advertised — and it’s not available to military family members except in select circumstances — its discounts are extremely competitive.

And unlike the big carriers, T-Mobile’s prices are inclusive of taxes and fees.

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The T-Mobile military discount is 22% – 47% off.

Person holding a phone with a t-mobile logo and laptop in the.background

The T-Mobile military discount is available for two different Magenta plans. Discounts start at 22% off and tend to get larger the more lines you add. However, while T-Mobile advertises this offer as 50% off, the largest discount KCL was able to find was 47% off 5+ lines on the Magenta Military plan.

Percentages aside, it ends up being fairly competitive in terms of raw dollars with the military discounts offered by other providers — most notably Verizon’s military discount.


T-Mobile Military Plan: Magenta

First, there’s a plan called Magenta that offers:

t-mobile military discount plan magenta plan feature and pricing graphic

T-Mobile Military Plan: Magenta MAX

Of course, you could also opt for the larger Magenta MAX plan, which includes:

t-mobile military discount plan magenta max plan feature and pricing graphic

Related: Find out how to qualify for Target’s military discount and how to use it.



Who qualifies for the T-Mobile military discount?

Military personnel standing in formation

T-Mobile’s military discount is extended to:

  • Active-duty service members
  • Reservists
  • National Guard members
  • Veterans
  • Retirees
  • Gold Star families

Important to note: the only way you can qualify as a military spouse is if your service member is actively deployed or if you lost your service member in the line of duty during a time of conflict.


Gather this paperwork to claim the T-Mobile military discount.

Female military looking at her laptop, on the counter there is a black headset and the american flag

The paperwork required is going to vary depending on your current relationship with the military.

  • Active duty: LES, orders, and/or power of attorney (if your spouse is setting up service for you while you’re deployed)
  • Reserves/Guard: LES, orders, NGB 23, and/or retirement points statement
  • Veterans: DD214 (must be honorably discharged), NGB 22, valid veteran-designated drivers license, Veterans Affairs ID card, and/or VA form 26-1880
  • Retiree: DD214, NGB 23, Retirement Certificate, and/or an official letter
  • Gold Star Families: DD1300

Related: Does Best Buy have a military discount? We’ve got the answer.



Who has the best military discounts on cell phone bills?

Two woman in military uniform putting on combat vests.

Overall, Verizon and T-Mobile offer competitive rates across the board for military members, with the biggest price variance being about $2 – $5 per line. However, T-Mobile’s prices include taxes and fees while Verizon’s don’t. Ultimately, T-Mobile is likely to be cheaper.

If you prefer Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ to Netflix or would prefer an Apple Music subscription over Apple TV+, you might want to go with Verizon depending on how much your taxes and fees will be.

If you’re getting just one line, AT&T offers better prices than T-Mobile, but again with the taxes and fees. AT&T’s military discount plans don’t include streaming service subscriptions at all. It’s also not as good as T-Mobile if you’ll be texting abroad frequently. But in terms of dollars per month for the plan itself, AT&T does win out a little bit here.


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