Cell Phones and Plans

Last updated: February 28, 2024
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Cell Phone Plan Costs

Discounts Available to the UW and UW Employees

Special discounts on monthly wireless costs and benefits with both AT&T and T-Mobile for UW Departments and University affiliated organizations. Verizon offers discounts as well, but these offers are not part of their agreements with the UW. T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T all have cell sites on campus as well as other methods to improve coverage.

Most carriers also offer some benefits to UW employees and others affiliated with the UW. The individual offers do vary and change over time, so check with the carriers.

Cell Phones for UW Departments

Place orders directly with the vendor using any of the wireless carrier’s websites. Our preferred vendors are AT&T and T-Mobile. These cell phones and cellular services must be charged to a University of Washington Procurement Card (UW ProCard). See Cell Phone Service for more details.

T-Mobile for Departmental use

For New and existing accounts inquires please contact Account Executive Dwayne Walker

  • Email: Dwayne.Walker163@t-mobile.com
  • Phone: 425.770.5338
  • SIM cards, Cellular Phones, 5G Cell Phones, Tablets, Chromebooks, Hotspots, High-Speed Internet Router
  • Unlimited talk, text, and data plans start at under $20 per month
  • Free Cell Phones, Free Tablets, Free Hotspots, and Free High-Speed Internet Router equipment

AT&T for Departmental use

Please contact an AT&T representative for assistance:

  • Kyle Abernethy – Sales Manager – ka336q@att.com Phone: 360-608-3009
  • Christian Hammerl – Service Manager – ch6692@att.com Phone: 714-330-3596
  • Dillon Hundley – Service Manager – rh430h@att.com Phone: 971-470-7944

Cell Phones for Personal Use

Personal Cell Phones and Discounts Available to Employees

Employees of the University and affiliated organizations may enjoy special discounts and benefits from AT&T and T-Mobile as part of their agreements with the UW. The cellular market is very competitive so discounts and offers will change on a regular basis. Other vendors may also offer discounts. Contact the vendors for more information:

Preferred Carriers

T-Mobile for personal use


  • Employees at the University of Washington can Save 15% on Magenta® MAX and get premium UNLIMITED Talk, Text and Data! That’s a savings of over $450/yr!
  • Req.1 new line on Magenta MAX. With Autopay and 15% discount on up to 5 lines. Activate up to 4K UHD streaming on capable device, or video typically streams at 480p. Unlimited while on our network.
  • All customers who activate lines through the T-Mobile Work Perks call center get the $30 assisted service fee waived.
  • To Sign up Call: 1.855.570.9947 and identify yourself as a State of Washington Higher Education employee (PERKSWA3)

General Customer Service:

* Looking to migrate as a current T-Mobile customer? Call into our migration team to add a line and migrate at: 1-877-334-7099
* Identify yourself as a University of Washington Employee (PERKSWA3)

Aiman Mannan -Mobile: (214) 578-3623 – Aiman.Mannan1@T-Mobile.com

AT&T for personal use


  • Faculty and staff 18%, students 10% on qualifying rate plans.
  • Contact one of the AT&T retail stores or request access to the AT&T Premier Web Portal:
      • Online orders – For your personal account via the AT&T Premier Portal visit:
      • Online order support – For questions or difficulties with placing an order via this portal, contact Premier Customer Service at the following #:
        • Premier Technical Support & Navigation Issues: 800-845-9681
        • Premier Activations, Pending & Cancelled Orders: 866-499-8008
      • Get your discount – New and current AT&T subscribers can enroll in the discount program via this link https://www.wireless.att.com/business/enrollment/. NOTE – Discounts can take 1-2 billing cycles to reflect on your bill.

Retail store locations:

  • Main campus– University Village Store – (206) 729-7184; 4626 25th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98105
  • Bothell campus– Woodinville Store – (425) 402-9797; 18021 Garden Way NE Woodinville, WA 98072
  • Tacoma Campus– Lincoln Plaza Store – (253) 671-0966; 2505 S. 38th St. Tacoma, WA 98409

General Sales Support & Customer Service:

  • 1-800-331-0500, or visit an AT&T retail location or store.
  • Identify yourself as a University of Washington or affiliated employee and use FAN # Faculty/Staff – 2406456; Students – 2850396.

General Customer Service:

  • Call 800-331-0500 regarding your personal AT&T account; billing; service plan changes; etc.

Other Carriers:

Verizon Wireless

New customer information and purchasing:
A link to the employee website will be emailed to you when your email address is registered.

Questions/Account management


Lost or Stolen Cell Phones

If a cell phone is lost or stolen, it is extremely important to immediately contact your cellular vendor directly to avoid or minimize the accrual of unauthorized charges:

  1. Steps Actions
  2. Notify the relevant cellular vendor directly to request your account be suspended:
    • AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular Wireless): 1-800-888-7600
    • Nextel: 1-800-639-6111
    • T-Mobile: 1-800-937-8997
    • Verizon Wireless: 1-800-922-0204
  3. Inform the police: In addition to notifying your vendor, report the loss to the appropriate police department, based on where the loss or theft occurred.NOTE: UW Police Department will take a report for either a lost or a stolen phone that is UW property. A local police agency, including Seattle Police Department, will most likely only take a report for a stolen phone.
      • If the cell phone is lost or stolen on campus, call UW Police Department at 206-543-9331 to make a report.
      • If the cell phone is lost or stolen outside of UW campuses, contact the local police agency where the crime occurred.

Cell Phone Disposal (Surplus)

University of Washington owned/operated cell phones must be sent to UW Surplus for proper disposal.

NOTE: Be sure that, before cell phones and cellular devices are sent to Surplus, service has been disconnected and their memory, which may contain contact names, outgoing/incoming phone call details, notes, calendar events, etc., are completely wiped out.

  • The user handbook that comes with the cell phone provides information about wiping the cell phone’s memory.
  • If such handbook is not readily available, the following site may be helpful for instructions about wiping out cell phone’s memory: http://www.wikihow.com/Delete-Cell-Phone-Memory

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