UH Discounts from Cellular Wireless Vendors
- Which cellular wireless vendors currently offer UH employees special rates/discounts?
Under the State of Texas Employees Discount program the following vendors offer discounts.
Vendor Individual Lines AT&T 15% Sprint/Nextel 23% T-Mobile 17% Verizon 25%
Rates/discounts are subject to change under the State of Texas Employees Discount program.
- Does the Blackberry 10 work with our Exchange servers?
The Blackberry 10 is capable of an Active Sync connection to the University’s Exchange mail server. This is the same type of connection that most other smart phones (iPhone, Android) use to connect to Exchange. UIT recommends using the Blackberry 10 Active Sync capabilities. Not only is this a more effective solution for UH (no need to support an extra server and license), it is more cost effective for you because you no longer need to pay extra charges to your cell phone provider for the special Blackberry enterprise connection.
If you want to retain the features and functions (including higher security capabilities between your device and the UH Exchange server), we recommend you do not upgrade to the Blackberry 10 Active Sync and continue to connect using the existing Blackberry Exchange connection service.
- Do cellular wireless vendors have websites set up specifically for UH employees to receive discounts?
Yes. Here are the links.
- How do I determine which cellular vendor or monthly plan to choose?
The device and plan you select will be based upon several factors. Vendors offer different structured deals; identify which is important to you. Consider both business and personal use, calling patterns, device feature preferences and promotions running at the time of purchases. It is highly recommended you comparative shop and examine multiple vendor offerings and products by visiting the vendor websites and store outlets before making a final choice.
- What if my vendor/product/plan choices don't work out for me?
Vendor return/refund policies will differ. It is advisable to verify return/refund policy prior to purchases. Do ask for vendor trial periods and get stipulations in writing. If you are dissatisfied with your choice(s), be sure to contact vendor to exercise return/refund within the allotted time.
- Are UH employee discounts available if purchases are made directly with the vendor for purchase of equipment and service plan?
Yes. To ensure you receive eligible discounts, be prepared to verify your status as a UH employee. The Cougar 1Card and/or pay stub for UH Employees are typical vendor-acceptable verifications. Note: Vendors may also do a credit check.
- How do I verify cellular wireless vendor products, offerings and rate plans?
Visit vendor websites and/or visit vendor store outlets. If eligible, request a discount when placing your order.