Thanks to partnerships between Penn and our cellular providers AT&T Wireless, Sprint Wireless, and Verizon Wireless, Penn’s faculty, staff, and in some cases, students are entitled
to a service discount (minimum 10% off qualifying monthly service plans).
Since the discount program commenced in 2004, nearly 9,000 Penn faculty, staff
and students have enrolled in the cellular program resulting in over 3 million dollars
in savings to the Penn community since its inception. In some cases, a small portion of your monthly service plan is
refunded to the University, providing financial support for various telecommunications
initiatives. One such initiative is the installation and ongoing support of
Public Safety emergency phones. Before reviewing our vendor offers, here are
four steps to consider when choosing a cellular
Four Steps to Choosing Service Plans and Cell Phones
The number and variety of service plans and cell phones offered can be daunting.
As you compare service and equipment, consider the following:
- Where and how often you travel may likely narrow your options.
Local plans may be perfect for someone who seldom leaves town, but these plans
sometimes charge extra for long distance and international calls. Also
calls made oversees require a different type of cell phone
those most often used in the United States, so be sure you choose a phone that
is compatible with your calling needs.
- Be aware that more than one digital network exists to support cellular phone
calls and that some phones will only work with one digital network. Be sure
to review each vendor's coverage map for their particular network to make sure
it includes the areas in which you most often travel. It is possible to choose a cell phone that works on more than one digital network.
- Take a little time to research. Cellular phone service
comparison web sites (like www.letstalk.com) may help you narrow your options
further. The easiest way to find these web sites is to type "cellular phone service comparison" into
your favorite search engine. And if you find a cellular phone that you like,
a search on its name and model number will often lead to customer reviews.
- If you're too impatient to read reviews and service plan descriptions,
or if you still need help after a fair amount of research, your best bet
contact one of our vendor representatives. See our vendor information below
for a sales representative's phone and email contact information.
For more information on our vendor offers, click the links to the right (PennKey required).
Page updated on November 15, 2012