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Cell Phone Discounts: Updated List of Secret Savings

After the great response we've gotten in the comments from all of you, we've updated our lists and made them a little more user-friendly. Thanks again to everyone for all the helpful tips. A lot of you also asked about senior discounts and we recently put together a list of retailers and businesses with discounts specifically for seniors.

Employee wireless discounts can save you money on your bill.

Are you eligible for an employee discount on your cell phone bill?

Chances are, if you follow Brad’s Deals, you have probably looked for a great deal on the last cell phone you purchased. If you're looking for a new phone, we keep track of cell phone deals, too! And remember, you don't have to buy your phone directly from your carrier. Stores like Target and Best Buy sell cell phones too and you can save more using store coupons on cell phone purchases. It is always such a great feeling to know that some people paid more than you did just because you were willing to put a little time and research into your purchase. We are excited to tell you that the savings don’t have to stop after the phone purchase.

You may have thought to yourself, “It would be great if I could get a discount on my at-home bills.” Great news! Some cell phone carriers do just that for employees at certain corporations and even some students! Select companies have negotiated employee discounts with select carriers that give you a monthly discount on your bill.

Because cell phone companies prefer to keep this information private (and some employers remain tight lipped), carriers’ lists can be hard to find. To see if you qualify, simply enter your e-mail address at Cingular/AT&T, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile. You can also try entering your e-mail at Verizon or Sprint if you don’t see your employer or university listed below.

Choose a cell phone carrier below to jump to their list of employee wireless discounts:


Verizon Wireless Discounts

Company Discount
Abbott Labs 19%
Accenture 18%
Acorn Engineering 6%
ADP 17%
Alstom 15%
Anderson Windows 15%
Apollo Group 13%
Aspen Research 15%
BAE Systems 17%
Bank of NY 17%
Best Buy 20%
Boeing 20%
B of A 20%
CA State Universities 17%
Caterpillar 20%
CBS Radio 20%
Circuit City 20%
Cisco Systems 17%
Citigroup 20%
Cleveland Clinic 15%-20%
CNM Community College 18%
Comcast 15%
Cornell University 19%
CSC 19%
Dell 19%
Delphi Automotive 19%
Depart. of Commerce 15%
Deutsche Bank 17%
Disney 20%
Dow Chemical 15%
Dow Jones & Co. 19%
Duke University 15%
eBay 10%
Eclipse Inc. 8%
EMC 17%
Emco 15%
Emory University 20%
Exxon Mobil 19%
FDS 17%
Fidelity Investments 18%
Frontier Com. Solutions 13%
Gap Inc 25%
General Dynamics 19%
Glaxosmithkline(GSK) 18%
Goodyear 20%
GE 20%
GM 21%
GMAC Mortage 21%
Goldman Sachs 17%
Greatbatch & Subsidaries 10%
H&R Block 20%
HP 25%
HCA 20%-25%
Halliburton 15%
Hitachi 15%
Home Depot 25%
IBM 21%
Intel 17%
Kaiser Permanente 18%
Kodak 25%
KPMG 19%
Kyocera Wireless 13%
Law Enforcement 15%
Liberty Mutual 15%
Lockheed 20%
Merck Ees 17%
Merrill Lynch 21%
MetLife 15%
Microsoft 19%
Morgan Stanley 20%
National Semiconductor 17%
New Mexico State Univ. 18%
New York Times 15%
North Carolina State Univ. 19%
Northrop Grumman 19%
Oracle 17%
Penn State University 8%
Pfizer 21%
PG&E 17%
Purdue University 15%
Qualcomm 15%
Quest Diagnostics 17%
Raymond James Financial 15%
Raytheon 20%
Renewal Windows 15%
Rite Aid 15%
Rochester Inst. of Tech 10%
SAIC 17%
Sallie Mae 10%
School Districs Utah 15%
Shell Oil 19%
Shop Rite 20%
Siemens 17%
Starbucks 18%
State of Idaho 17%
State of Indiana 15%
State of New Jersey 15%
State of NY Employees 19%
State of NJ Municipal Employees 20%
State of Pennsylvania 18%
State of Wisconsin 8%
Stony Brook U. Hospital 19%
Sumtotalsystems Inc. 6%
Sunoco Inc. 15%
Syracuse University 15%
Temple University 15%
Teradyne 17%
Thiel College 18%
Time Warner 22%
Triad Guaranty 8%-12%
Tribune Company 8%-17%
Trinity Health 20%
Tyco 17%
U of CA Berkeley 15%
U of CA San Francisco 17%
University of Southern CA 13%
University of Central Florida 15%
University of Florida 15%
University of Maryland 17%
University of Minnesota 17%
University of PA 15%
University of Wisconsin 19%
UPS 22%
U.S. Dept. of Labor 15%
US Airways 19%
USPS 20%
Warner Bros. 22%
Vanguard Group 15%
Viacom 20%
Wachovia 20%
Walgreens 15%
Walmart 20%
WebMD/Emdeon 15%
Wegmans 13%
Xilinx 17%

AT&T Wireless Discounts

Company Discount
7 Eleven 15%
AARP Employees 20%
Abbot Labs 10%
Accenture 5%
Acterna 5%
ADP TotalSource 22%
ADT Security Services 17%
Aegon 10%
AEP 20%
Aerojet 5%
AFL 18%
Agilent Technologies 13%
Ahold 14%
Airborne Express 25%
AOL 4%
Airforce 19%
Airways 4%
Albertsons 10%
Allegis Group/Maxhim Healthcare 6%
Alliant Food 2%
Allstate 16%
American Cancer 10%
American Express 18%
American Express Publishing 20%
American Red Cross 10%
American West 16%
AOL 25%
Apple Computer 13%
Apira Healthcare 6%
Army & National Guard 19%
Associated Press 4%
AT&T 19%
Avendra 18%
Avon 14%
Bae Systems 15%
BaJa Fresh 10%
Bank One 18%
Bechtel 12%
Becton Dickinson 10%
Bed Bath and Beyond 18%
Bergen Community College 10%
Best Buy 20%
Black & Decker 4%-6%
Blue Cross 17%
Boeing Company 25%
Borders 6%
BP Amoco 12%
Brinks 15%
Burger King 17%
Cable 7%
Caci 4%
Cap Gemini Earnst & Young 18%
Caribou Coffee 7%
Carpenter 7%
Catholic Health 6%
Cendent Avis Car Rental 6%
Cendent Century 21 6%
Cendent Coldwell Banker 6%
Cendent Days Inn 6%
Cendent Howard Johnson 6%
Cendent Knights Inn 6%
Cendent Ramada Inn 6%
Cendent Super 8 6%
Cendent Travel Lodge 6%
Chrysler 13%
Cisco Systems 14%
City of New York Employees 20%
Coast Guard 19%
Coca-Cola 25%-28%
Comcast 15%
Commodity Futures 6%
Commonwealth of KY 15%
Compass Bank 6%
Continental 15%
Costco 4%
Crushman Wakefield 5%
CSC 22%
CSX 13%
DC-MD Government 15%
Dell Employee Program 15%
Deloitte & Touche 17%
Delta Airlines 21%
Dept. of Homeland Security 15%
Dept. of State 6%
Dept. of Transportation 9%
Discovery 7%-12%
DOI 4%
Dominion Resources 11%
EMC 15%
Emcore 6%
Environmental Protection 2%
Equant 6%
Erricson 25%
Ernst & Young 18%
Export-Import 2%
Fannie Mae 6%
Farmers Insurance 7%
Federal Express Corp 22%
Federal Trade 2%
FedEx 20%
Feld 12%
Fiserv 5%
Foot Locker 10%
Fox News Channel 15%
Freddie Mac 7%
Gannett 5%
General Dynamics 7%
General Electric 16%
General Services 5%
Giant Foods 18%
GMC Insurance 5%
Good Year 7%
Gov. Military and First Aid 15%-19%
Halliburton 13%
Harvard Medical School 25%
Health & Human 7%
HMS Host 18%
Home Depot 20%-22%
Homland 16%
Honeywell 18%
HP 20%-27%
IBM 23%
Ikon 2%
IL Institute of Technology 15%
Inova 3%
Itt Defense 8%
John Hancock Sponsorship 12%
Johnson & Johnson 25%
JP Morgan Chase 20%
Kaiser Permanente 8%
Key Bank 12%
Kodak 10%
KPMG 14%
Kraft/Altria 9%
L-3 EER 14%
L-3 MPRI 14%
L-3 Storm Control 14%
Lafarge 11%
Legg Mason 7%
Lockheed Martin 25%
Lowes 5%
Marines 19%
Marriott 18%
Marshall Fields 9%
Martin-Brower 9%
Maxim Healthcare 7%
May Department 9%
Mazda 12%
McJunkin Corp 7%
Media News Group 12%
Medimmune 3%
Medstar 24%
Merrill Lynch 16%
Mervyn's 9%
Microsoft 12%-25%
NASA 12%-15%
National Rural Telecom 2%
Navy 19%
NBA Basketball 4%
NCR 15%-17%
Netcom USA 19%
News America 20%
Nissan North 5%
Noaa Sponsortship 7%
Norfolk Souther 7%
Northrop Grumman 15%-17%%
NVR 5%
Octagon 16%
Office Depot 15%
Oldcastle Glass 15%-20%
Omnicom 10%
Oracle 15%
Orlando Reg. Medical Center 24%
Outback 10%
Overhead Door Co. 3%
Owens & Minor 6%
Papa Johns 3%
Parsons Brinkwehoff 9%
Payless Shoe Source 3%
Peoplesoft 15%
Pep Boys 6%
PepsiCo 23%
Petsmart 3%
Pfizer 20%
PGA Tour 11%
Phillip Morris/Nabis 9%
Pier 1 13%
Playboy Enterprises 5%
PNC 2%
Pricewaterhouse Coppers 16%
Prudential 10%
Pulet Homes 5%
Purdue University 20%
QuickTrip Gas Stations 9%
Quiznos 12%
Qwest 13%
Radio Shack 10%
Re-Max 10%
Rite Aid 8%
Roadrunner 17%
Rolls Royce 8%
Rouse 4%
Ruby Tuesdays 7%
Safeway 10%
Sallie Mae 4%
San Jose State University 15%
Schlumberger 6%
Sheetz 2%
Shell Oil 13%
Sherwin Williams 7%
Siemens 19%
Sitel 6%
Social Security & Admin 10%
Sodexho 10%
Southwest Airlines 23%
Starbucks 10%-20%
State Farm 11%
State of CA 15%
State of NC 15%
State of NJ Employees 15%
State of NY Employees 19%
State of Texas 15%
Stock Building 3%
Sun MicroSystems 23%
Target 9%
Texas Instruments 18%
TID Water and Power 15%
Time Warner 25%
Toyota 10%
Toys R Us 6%
Tuesday Morning 3%
Tyco 17%
U-Haul 3%
United Airlines 20%
United Nations 10%
United Parcel 17%
University of CA, Berkeley 15%
University of CA, Sand Diego 15%
University of MD 15%
University of Texas 15%
University of Virgina 15%
Unum Provident 5%
UPS 20%-22%
UPSS 25%
Urs Corporation 14%
US Food Service 2%
US PTO Sponsorship 8%
USA Today 10%
USC Students 10%
USPS 25%
UT Southwestern Med. Center 15%
Vertis 9%
Vertix Inc. 9%
Visa International 12%
Wachovia 11%
Walmart 15%
Washington Post 8%
Waste Management 4%
Wayne State University 15%
WBAL TV- 11 9%
Weichert 14%
Wendys 10%
Weyerhaeuser 11%
Williams Sonoma 7%
XM Satellite 4%
Yahoo 7%

Sprint Cell Phone Discounts

Company Discount
Aflac 11%
Anjeuser-Busch 20%
AOL 24%
ARMY/USAA/Military/Airforce 5%-12%
Arthur Anderson 20%
Avon 15%
Bank of America 23%
Bank One 20%
Best Buy 13%
Blockbuster 15%
Blue Cross/Shield Employees 20%
Boeing 25%
Capital One 12%
Cerner Corporation 15%
Chase 25%
Chevrolet 12%
Circuit City 18%
Cisco Systems 9%
Citi Group 25%
City of Detriot 15%
City of Houston 15%
Client Logic 25%
Comcast 23%
Comp USA 7%
Costco 10%
Countrywide Home Loans 13%
CSC 15%
Daimler Chrysler 18%
Delphi 18%
Delta Airlines 7%-25%
Discover Card 12%
Dominoes 8%
Earthlink 18%
Eastman Kodak 20%
Ernst & Young 15%
Exxon Mobil 15%
FedEx 6% (23%?)
FL Department of Corrections 18%
Ford 23%-25%%
Frito Lay 25%
Gap Inc. 12%
General Electric 12%
Goodyear 8%
HCA Healthcare 22%
Hilton 13%
Home Depot 15%
Honeywell 18%
Humana Insurance 18%
IBM 25%
InfoSpace 9%
K-Mart 15%
Lane Bryant 8%
Law Enforcement 25%
Lucent Technologies 7%
Yahoo 25%
Marble Slab Creamery 5%
Merrill Lynch 20%
Metro 1 15%
Mercy Medical Center 23%
MCI 18%
Mobil Oil 15%
Motorola 24%
National University 17%
NBC 25%
Northwest Airlines 25%
Northwest Mutual 13%
Outback 11%
Panera Bread 5%
Philip Morris 23%
Pricewaterhouse Coopers 9%
Pro Health Care Inc 23%
Publix Supermarket 9%
Raymond James Financial 11%
Raytheon 20%
Rockwell Automation 20%
Samsung 18%
SAIC 20%
Sears 20%-25%
State of CA 15%
State of OH 7%
State of VA 5%
Stop & Shop Supermarket 23%-24%
SunTrust 18%
Tenet Healthcare 23%
Yahoo 7%
SUNY Albany 10%
Target 15%
Time Warner 24%
Tricon Global (Yum Foods) 7%
Union Pacific Railroad 11%
United Airlines 25%
UPS 25%
US Government 5%
USPS 20%
Wachovia Bank 20%-25%
Walmart 20%
Waste Management 15%
Winn-Dixie 10%
Xerox 18%
Viacom 15%
Vons (Safeway) 10%
VZ 25%
Walgreens 15%

If your current carrier does not offer discounts to your employer or your school, it might be worth the time to enter your e-mail at competing carriers to see if you can get a discount. It is always a great idea to take advantage of every perk and discount available to you, even if it requires a little extra research and effort.

Please note that these discounts are accurate to the best of our knowledge, but they may vary.

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193 Responses to “Cell Phone Discounts: Updated List of Secret Savings”

  1. Catherine A. McClarey says:

    My spouse finally decided that he needed a cell phone to use while he’s on the road to courthouses (he’s a solo practioner attorney), and he really wanted an Android smartphone, so he could also check the office email while on the road (or is it really for the games?). Virgin Mobile’s 2 top-of-the-line cell phones are both Android-based, and their $25/month plan (300 voice minutes + unlimited texts & data) suited his needs — at a far better price than anyplace else with Android phones (prepaid or contract). We bought the phone at Walmart last weekend (same price as from the Virgin Mobile website), set up his account online via credit card, and he’s now good to go.

  2. Lona Carr Breitkopf says:

    New York State Teachers also receive a 19% +/- discount on Verizon and AT&T.

  3. aleta basso says:

    military 15% discount at verizon (retired too). do retired nys teachers qualify for 19% verizon discount?

  4. debra affrunti says:

    can add to list for Verizon 20% off shop rite wakefern

  5. Rich Wilson says:

    Pretty sure all University of California campuses get a discount.

  6. Shaaron Sellars says:

    Delta Air lines gets 21% off at AT&T and 25% at Sprint.

  7. Deb says:

    Florida Department of Corrections employees (and I would assume other state workers) receive an 18% (I think) discount from Sprint.

  8. tc says:

    TIAA-CREF gets 23% off AT&T, 18% sprint, and 20 off Verizon.

  9. kat says:

    Wachovia get 25% off Sprint plan rates

  10. Bacon says:

    CNM, one of New Mexicos ‘commumity colleges’ offers 18% discount for Verizon.

  11. Victoria says:

    A 23% Sprint discount is offered for Mercy Medical Center employees.

  12. Lona Carr Breitkopf says:

    Aleta, I believe that in order to receive the discount you have to show your teacher ID.

  13. Lisa says:

    FYI….Walgreens should be on the Sprint list not the Verizon. The discount is a little more than 15%.

  14. Jodi says:

    Pro Health Care INC gets a 23% discount with Sprint

  15. SHERRY KERRY says:


  16. Robyn says:

    I talked with the salesperson and had them look up my husbands employer while were we shopping for phones. Did this with all the carriers we looked it, it help to make our decision on which carrier to go with

  17. Lori B says:

    Law enforcement gets 15% off with Verizon.

  18. Christine says:

    I see law enforcement discounts, why not Fire? That’s nuts…

  19. Fran says:

    NYS employees get 19% with Verizon

  20. Mike says:

    Wachovia / Wells Fargo get 26% at Verizon

    All state, county and city employees also get 20% at Verizon

  21. claira says:

    I cannot afford a cell phone/ new laptop/ a decent digital SLR/
    or a MP3 player etc. I am disabled and too broke. Nice if cell phones were discounted . Visual artist, cannot enter free gas promos, or much of anything else. No digital camera.

  22. William MacDonald says:

    Do Massachusetts teachers or members of the Massachusetts Bar qualify for any discounts?

  23. Irritated says:

    While it sounds nice to work for large companies and government entities that have negotiated this discount, the majority of employers and personal account holders do not have such discounts. Of course, this means that the rest of us are footing the bill for these discounts. You know that the carriers aren’t taking a loss on such discounts.

    The best deal would be for carriers to eliminate such “perks” and “discounts” for these organizations and lower the fees for everyone!

    • PRM says:

      Can I add an ‘Amen’ to your statement. I work for a small, private company without access to cell phone discounts. I need a cellphone for my work but my employer only provides phones to upper management, not to mid-level workers. So I pay full price while others get 15-20% discounts. Life isn’t fair, and this is yet another example.

    • Samantha says:

      I sympathsize but it’s unlikely your price would be any lower if the companies stopped making discount deals. First, you can be sure they are not losing money on these discounts. They are not pricing below cost, simply calculating volume savings on costs. So, those paying full price are not subsidizing the discounts. Second, since there is insufficient competition in the market, the non-discounted price would likely stay the same regardless. What the discounts show is how overpriced US telcom services are.

      • Val says:

        They NEED to be regulated!! Who knows what all these fees are….I don’t But I think the rest of us that don’t get discounts ARE picking up some of the tab!!!

  24. BJB says:

    Those of you with smaller companies should look into any associations you may have with Chamber of Commerce groups or Homebuilders Association (ei.). These often are part of the “National Purchasing Plan” that Verizon offers a discount to. (I didn’t see that on the list above) You can call these associations and they should be able to tell you if they are participating. Also, Verizon will extend the discount to a person’s private account for those who work for a company who gets a discount on their company account. It may be a couple percentage points less than the employee gets, but it still helps………..

  25. Louis says:

    you can get 20% off Verizon if you work for Walmart too.

  26. Diva says:

    Would this happen to work also for prepaids? I have Straight Talk and the network provider is Verizon. Don’t see any discounts that would apply to my husband or myself but won’t hurt to ask and call customer service. Will share this with friends,maybe they can benefit. Although I’m happy with my savings with Straight Talk,can’t beat their Unlimited plan at flat rate of $45 or their competitive rates they now offer for International calling.

  27. Holly McCaddin says:

    Verizon offers 20% discount for H & R Block employees.

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  29. Sheryl says:

    New York State also gets a discount of 19% on Verizon.

  30. Joe says:

    All military and government retirees get a 15% discount on their Verizon accounts. They are not on the list.

    • Bob Eure says:

      I am retired Air Force and was told twice when I have applied for the discount that I had to have a Military email address. A retired person does not have an email military address! I am also a disabled Veteran, and over 80 yrs. old.

  31. Mike Bailey says:

    Please publish a discount list for T-Mobile.

  32. Myra says:

    Need a discount list for AT&T

  33. Leslie says:


  34. Jan says:

    Do self employed people get a discount anyplace?
    Suppose it is the same as specials for 2 for one deals.
    really nothing for a single person

  35. 108 Stores with Senior Discounts | terrys blog says:

    [...] out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to [...]

  36. Mike says:

    If you are disabled, you can get the 65+ discounts from Verizon.

    • Michael says:

      Hello Mike,

      I just saw your post. I am going to be 63 in September and I am disabled. Are you saying that if a person is disabled, they qualify even though they are not 65 yet? Also, where or how to I find more information so I can go to Verizon and get the discount? My charge is $215.00 a month with Verizon. Thanks Mike for any information you can share with me. Regards, Michael

  37. Theodore J. Missey, Jr. says:

    I am 61 + and disabled, so would you please sebd me info on senior discounts as well for disabled as well.

  38. Annette Riggs says:

    What is your best and cheapest deal on a cell phone for a senior, 71 years old. Right now I have a cell phone with Great Call, the one who has the Jitterbug. I wanted a Jitterbug , but I got the Sam sung bcause it was cheaper, I dont thin k they gave me a senior discount either. I pay 18.03 per month and that is with the tax, is there anything any cheaper for me? I live on a fixed income, thanks and God bless, Annette.

  39. mike nathan says:

    All GM employees can get a 21% discount with Verizon.

  40. jlacombe says:

    I get a 24 percent discount with Sprint. Most of this has to do with the fact that I have been a Sprint Customer for over 10 years. (My company discount is considerably lower.) A lot of people switch providers frequently and don’t accrue the “premier membership” discounts. You may want to rethink that decision. I have had no problems whatsoever with Sprint – yes I have had to call customer service about little things – but for the most part, I think they are a great provider. Also, they provide coverage in most areas in the U.S. I went on a missions trip (for an orphanage in Mexico) with my church in 2001 and there were 20 of us. My cell phone was the only one that worked from our location in Mexico. Everyone called home on my cell to let their family know they had safely arrived. I was not charged for the minutes as “out of country charges” either since we bounced off of towers in the U.S.

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  43. Suzanne Siney says:

    Any discounts for over 65 with Verizon for the Iphone? I do have a handicapped permanent placard, but am not disabled. Thanks………..Suzanne Siney

  44. Bill Gaddis says:

    I’m 69 years old and Verizon is my carrier. What discounts are available to me?

  45. Sandra says:

    Are these $29.99 discounts per phone or do they have a plan for two seniors ( 70+ )???

  46. Samantha says:

    I’m currently shopping and can say that as of this week, Sprint and AT&T both match Verizon’s 19% discount for New York State employees. The discount applies only to the base plan and any new phone purchases.

  47. Kaye says:

    AARP offers a great cell phone plan Consumer Cellular. I have had it for several years,no contract,you can change your plan for more minutes and texting,and all of it is so easy. You also get a free phone. Plans start at 10.00 per month,you can add more and change whenever you want. I love it!

  48. Susan says:

    It would be great if you could put the cell phone discount list in a PDF printable version.

  49. [...] deals for their employees. You can save between 6% and 25% if you work for a company that has negotiated discounts with Verizon or Sprint. My wife enjoys a much appreciated 15% at Verizon. However, you can’t take advantage of the [...]

  50. paula says:

    do GE retiries get a discount at Verizon. I’m 64+

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