My son will be completing basic training soon and then going to A school before becoming assigned to a ship. I believe he can have a cell phone during A school and I send him his current cell phone following graduation. (for now his phone is on my plan.)
My question is for the future.... as he will want a NEW CELL phone, and his own cell phone plan. I want to help him get it set up in his best interest. Since he will be deployed on a ship I'm not sure how that works. Are cell phones allowed? How does a sailor keep in touch with family and friends when deployed?
If they ARE allowed how do our sailors avoid high roaming charges, etc on their cell phones? Is there an international plan that is recommended? Should they get pre paid cell phones? Or I phones, or droids with a global phone ready plan? Do they have access to computers to pay bills online? I'm not sure how that works either. I would really appreciate some recommendations. Is there a military rate phone wireless phone service plan? We currently use Verizon.
I know on pleasure cruise ships using cell phones is extremely expensive. We only could use phones in ports. Does anyone who has a sailor in the family have advice on this? I want to be able to communicate with him and for him to have a phone to use when in port- but I don't want him being surprised by high phone bills, etc. How do we communicate with our sailors when they are on a ship? Do they get email? Mail? Text messages on their phones? With ships being deployed up to 6 months- I'm not sure how mail works either.
Thanks for any information you can share on this!