To be fair, ATT is probably getting a government kick back to provide the lower cost. Verizon isn’t getting anything if they offer a discount, because they didn’t win the contract.
To revise my comments in post 60.
1. There is a very limited international roaming package offered. Information still developing.
2. Visual voicemail does work.
3. FirstNet runs on its own network. Customers must have a phone with compatible bands to get full function.
I signed up for FirstNet before I knew VZW was going to offer a first responder plan of its own. First of all, ATT does in fact count dispatchers as first responders and we are qualified for the plan and the discounts. Second, FirstNet uses band 14, and if your phone supports it, the coverage is incredible. I was deep inside a hospital and I still had coverage. So, I'm not sure the advantage is limited to how fast its network is versus how available you become to your agency. My bill has been $44/month unlimited.
This post isn't meant to be a FirstNet ad, but I did want to share my experiences. I "checked eligibility" through Verizon to see if they can offer me any sort of incentive to for me to keep my plan past my obligation and I can say, I don't recall ATT asking me to check with Homeland Security, they asked for my badge, paystub and employment verification. I've had a spotty relationship with VZW over the years and I acknowledge that, but I would really like to see them step up to the plate on this and not make empty promises.
Again, to be fair, ATT has government subsidized and separated spectrum for the plan. The plan is offered as FirstNet. Yes, Verizon put their foot in it if they said they would meet the offer when they cannot.
You know what’s funny about that; a military member posted on At&T that they are also called on when there is a disaster, yet are not part of ‘first responders’ so can’t get the same plan or discounts.
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What we are encouraging Verizon to do is to expand the military discount to include our first responders as well. Come on Verizon this can't be that difficult really?!