Plebe Cell Phone

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  1. DD2021TX

    DD2021TX Member

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    Once CBT is over, what is average usage of a cell phone and are they abused more than normal given the daily rigors.

    My DD's current phone just died, so I am determining replacement strategy.

    Should I assume a new phone would last or should I expect abuse and only find a used one for her?

    Thanks !
     
  2. UHBlackhawk

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    I think you have the false assumption that your DD may use the phone to keep in touch with you.
     
  3. DD2021TX

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    That's why I am asking. Are you saying that cell phones after CBT are prohibited?
     
  4. brovol

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    Cell phones are not prohibited after beast. Indeed, plebes text and make calls regularly, and depending on your Cadet, you may here from him/her by cell phone daily. Our son called us roughly once every two weeks, and sporadic texts. More lately he is FaceTiming us, which he should have done a long time ago, because the cell reception is lousy, and the FaceTime works perfectly.

    I wish I could tell you which cell company has the best reception, but I'm not sure. I think in the barracks all of them may be bad. Kids need to get by the window and it gets better.
     
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  5. Cerberi

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    For the most part, they should know when not to have the mobile phone on their person during the academic year and it should otherwise be subject to normal wear and tear, drops etc like any other college kid. If they are going to the field for some type of exercise, they will know to leave the phone in their rooms.
     
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  6. UHBlackhawk

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    Sorry, I did not mean to imply that cell phone use would be prhobited. Just that one should not anticipate hearing from a child away at college all that much.
     
  7. DD2021TX

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    Thanks. Everybody has given me good feedback. This wasn't really about calling home, it was just about the reality of how phones are allowed to be used and the environment they will be in. Appears the answer is that it's business as usual.
     
  8. jl123

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    We have the opposite problem. Cell reception is good, but Facetime is horrible. Reception varies widely based on location of barracks and even different rooms in same barracks.
     
  9. AirsoftRanger

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    I checked the map of cell phone towers surrounding WP. no one company seems any closer than the other. There seems to be a good radius around WP where there are no towers. I suppose there are 'other electronic systems' using that area......
     
  10. Fishpart

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    We $witched from T-Mobile to Verizon after about 15 years because Veri$on has better $ervice at USMA. When on and surrounding post we typically have good service with some dead spots due to terrain but at a price... Nice to be able to contact our DS from home and/or friends on The Plain from Michie..
     
  11. Classof83

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    Same here. About 4 years ago we switched from T-Mobile to Verizon because of the better coverage Verizon offers.
     
  12. Cluelessdad2021

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    My Sprint phones use wifi calling to assist in areas that have poor cell reception. Does WP wifi allow this to occur?
     
  13. brovol

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    No. My son started with a phone from Republic Wireless, which defaults to wifi, and he said he couldn't use it that way. He ended us switching to Boost Mobile, which had about the same signal as Republic did.
     
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  14. Mcjlt

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    My son has had a lifeproof case on every phone he has had the last 4 years. When we upgrade, the phone looks perfect. Also, lifeproof will replace the case if it cracks, etc (we have also done this twice). I would recommend a strong case, because where/how will the phone get replaced if it's broken if broken?
     
  15. LLJ

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    T mobile was good until he moved rooms and then we went 6 weeks without talking to him. Finally, switched providers.
    MATT good enough. The campus is surrounded by granite. Its hit or miss.
     
  16. mom3boys

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    We switched to Verizon from Sprint...cost is more, but he gets far better service. We have a lifeproof case as well.