Over the last year, the four major providers have tried to one-up each other with discounts to military personnel and veterans.
With the roll-out of AT&T's FirstNet and the Verizon firefighter throttling debacle, "first responders" (a large group of public safety professionals) are increasingly becoming benefactors of special group discounts.
While we wait for Verizon's promised first responder plans and/or discounts, AT&T is forging ahead and upping the ante to a 25% discount on their current plans.
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How to Get the Discount
AT&T has long had a "Signature" discount program for various groups with savings up to 15% for those who qualify. AT&T is now increasing that to 25% for military personnel, veterans, and first responders - but only for those willing to sign up or upgrade to one of AT&T's current unlimited plans - Unlimited &More or Unlimited &More Premium.
Qualifying personal on a Mobile Share plan or any legacy unlimited plan can still snag the existing 15% discount.
To get the discount requires verification - The requirements are detailed below:
Military - Active, Reserve, Guard:
- Verified online with your military (.mil) email address
- Spouses can sign up at an AT&T store with a dependent military ID card.
Veterans & Military retirees - Must go to an AT&T store with one of the following:
- Department of Defense Form DD214, indicating an honorable discharge
- Valid retired military ID
- Current AMVETS membership card
- Veteran designated driver’s license
- Veteran Health Insurance card
First Responders - Must go to an AT&T store with one of the following, which must show your full name and the name of your agency:
- Employee or volunteer badge
- Paystub less than 60 days old
- 1099 tax form from the previous year
- A signed affidavit issued from your first responder agency
In addition, verified first responders are also eligible for the existing partner discounts:
- $15 off per month for select video services, including DIRECTV or DIRECTV NOW
- $15 off per month for select AT&T Home Internet services
A bigger discount is always nice, even if only available on AT&T's current unlimited plans.
And the discount is relatively easy to get for those who qualify - just go to an AT&T store with the required paperwork. Family members can add their phones to the plan as well, at the discounted rate.
For those with a legacy AT&T plan and the existing 15% discount, another 10% off may be an enticement to upgrade. But do your homework to ensure the new plans have the features you want.
In particular if you're on the now retired Unlimited Plus Plan realize that unlimited mobile hotspot devices won't transfer to the newer plans. For some, unlimited hotspot usage is an invaluable feature.