Reader Help Requested: Cell Phones and Deployment

A reader, we'll call her Sharon, recently wrote with questions about cell phones and deployment.  I'll be honest, I don't know anything about cell phones on deployment.  We briefly looked into whether or not my husband could use his phone while he was overseas, then decided that it was too much hassle and expense.  So I'm asking my readers to help Sharon.

Here's her situation:

I need help finding a cell phone/carrier that will be affordable and allow lots of good communication between me and my deployed hubby. He's probably going to Afghanistan but we don't know for sure yet. We currently have Blackberry phones. Do they work in Iraq and/or Afghanistan? Does an iPhone work? (i have been jonesing for one and if it's the better phone by golly, I'll switch!!)

I am looking to you for expert advice. Which carrier is best for military? Which phones do you recommend?

Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

So, folks, what do you know?  Share the knowledge and I imagine that we'll help more than just Sharon.

Thank you!


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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • My men use Vonage. They can take it all over the world and use it as long as they have cable or the internet. $25.00 a month, world wide.

  • I am not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  • Cyndi

    If they have internet skype is good, if they allowed to skype, from Astan ALL cell service with a US carrier is considered international roaming, and its 3.99 a minute…I have the cell bills to prove it. I know a bunch of guys in Iraq purchased the Magic Jack and figured out to use it..It is so different for all soldiers, and every post…but take the laptop…

    • Benita

      What cell phone company are you with? My daughter has a huge cell phone bill with T-Mobile & they just want their money; offering no arrangements or helpful knowledge! Thanks!!