While the US military can devote many resources to putting smartphones on the battlefield, it can't do the same for soldiers' private lives. A new carrier, Defense Mobile, wants to fill that void: it just announced a deal to use Sprint's CDMA and LTE networks for cellular service devoted to active-duty forces, reserves and veterans. The provider will offer plans at enlisted rank budgets, ranging from $20 for the basics to $60 for a family plan. It won't skimp on the handset selection, though -- the company already promises the Galaxy S 4, HTC One and iPhone 5. Defense Mobile hopes to go live in 2014, and it should arrive with both apps and branding tailored to each military branch.
Update 7/2/2015: A lot has changed in the past two years. Defense Mobile is now partnering with AT&T as well, and hopes to integrate Verizon by late 2015. Pricing is also very different -- it starts at $30 per month for 300 minutes, 300 messages and 300MB of data, with higher tiers giving you unlimited voice and texting along with larger data buckets (up to 12GB individually, or 36GB on a family plan). The base price is higher, then, but you'll also get a plan that's better suited to your smartphone.
DEFENSE MOBILE CORPORATION SIGNS PARTNERSHIP WITH SPRINT EMERGING & WHOLESALE SOLUTIONS
EARLIER THIS WEEK, SPRINT EMERGING & WHOLESALE SOLUTIONS HOSTED MEMBERS OF THE DEFENSE MOBILE CORPORATION (DMC) TEAM IN OVERLAND PARK, KS TO CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING STAGES OF A NEW OFFER FROM DMC, COMING IN 2014.
Clockwise from left are Karen Freitag, Gordon Simonson, Erin Ostler and Dina Marie Andrews of Sprint and Andrew and Brendan Reilly of DMC
Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) August 06, 2013
Driven by the goal to do more for the men and women who have served this country, Defense Mobile Corporation is launching a new nationwide wireless service on the Sprint 4G LTE network, with a unique mobile affinity platform, integrated mobile banking, and a set of community-focused mobile applications. When it launches in 2014, the service will be available to active-duty officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military, including those serving or honorably discharged from the Selected Reserve and federally recognized National Guard components of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Cadets/midshipmen at the U.S. service academies and families of active duty U.S military and veterans are also eligible.
Sprint is a company proud to support and employ veterans and active duty military. Today, Sprint has 44 employees deployed and approximately 1,500 Sprint employees designated as veterans. Our veterans bring character, decisiveness, commitment, competitiveness, and skill to Sprint and help to make our company stronger. Sprint's commitment to the military and to veterans has received national recognition, including being named a 2012 Most Valuable Employer for Military for the fourth year in a row by CivilianJobs.com.