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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.
The T-Mobile military discount is 22% – 47% off.
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 Plan: Magenta MAX
Of course, you could also opt for the larger Magenta MAX plan, which includes:
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Who qualifies for the T-Mobile military discount?
T-Mobile’s military discount is extended to:
- Active-duty service members
- National Guard members
- 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.
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
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Who has the best military discounts on cell phone bills?
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’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.