Cell Phones

There are a number of cell phone carriers that give discounts to existing or new customers that are Columbia University Students, Faculty or Staff. Check out the links below for more info.

AT&T / Cingular – 20% off per month

Sprint / Nextel – 19% off per month and other discounts. The discount code is GAUNV_CLB_ZZZ.

Verizon- 17% off per month

T-Mobile- 6% off per month and other discounts. 

NOTE: These only apply for Students, Faculty or Staff and won’t work for spouses and partners.

In terms of purchasing a specific type of phone, the vast majority of CBS students use a smart phone (e.g. iPhone, BlackBerry, Android) in order to keep up with the daily barrage of emails, send out quick thank you notes to recruiters, or keep up with last minute venue change and recruiting notifications.

It is also worth considering the fact that some of the providers above don’t provide good reception in Uris Hall (the CBS main building). Students who use T-Mobile have had trouble in the past, AT&T has decent reception in some parts of the building, and Verizon is said to have the best reception in New York City (and along the Eastern seaboard, for that matter).

7 responses to “Cell Phones

  1. with the advent of the AT&T LTE, which competes neck to neck with the Verizon LTE in NYC, is there still a difference on campus between these two providers?

    Would love if any 2nd years who have 4G LTE devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X with AT&T can share some thoughts.

  2. Hilary Comstock

    Hey Arindam – I have a Verizon HTC and have been really happy with the service. I had it when I moved, so haven’t experienced any other service in NYC for comparison. But people always joke about dropped calls in Uris, and I’ve never had any! There is also a Verizon store at 109th and Broadway which is convenient if you need anything. I’m not super tech savvy, so sorry if my answer is too basic. Hopefully someone else can add to this.

  3. Do you know what if Virgin Mobile has decent reception? The pricing on the plans seem great even when you include the price you have to pay for the phone.

  4. As far as I know, Virgin Mobile uses Sprint PCS towers. Since I used to be a Sprint customer for about a year in NYC, I can speak to this. For the most part, I thought voice is pretty good around Columbia, but data is very spotty which I attribute to Sprint not having the bandwidth to handle all the smartphone users.

    I’ve since switched to Verizon, and have been extremely happy.

  5. Thanks. It really seems like Verizon is the way to go.

  6. Will the discount apply to data plan as well? or it is only valid on voice plans. Thanks!

  7. Hi Teresa, it depends on the carrier but some of the discounts will only apply to voice and text, not data. I would encourage you to check them all out and hopefully you find one that is right for you. As context, Verizon is the most popular carrier at CBS by far, but lots of students have plans with the other carriers as well.

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