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Discounts now available on cell phones, pagers

The MIT community may now take advantage of quantity discount pricing on cell phone service and equipment. Information Services and Technology (IS&T) and Procurement have selected Nextel and Verizon as preferred cell phone vendors, based on recommendations of the MIT Cell Phone and Pager Project Team.

The new contracts provide MIT customers with special rates for cell phones. The special rates apply to Institute contracts and personal contracts for employees and students. MIT-affiliated institutions and their employees are also eligible for the discounts. The new rate plan discounts also can be applied to existing Nextel and Verizon contracts, both Institute and personal.

For pager services, IS&T and Procurement have negotiated a reduced-pricing contract with Arch Wireless.

For more information about the new cell phone services, go to For questions on using cell phones and pagers, go to

Policies and guidelines linked to the cell phone home page can help departments, labs and centers make cost-effective decisions about equipment and service plans that will be charged to an Institute account. There is also information about converting current Institute contracts with non-preferred vendors.

Anyone with questions about the cell phone program may contact Mary Bacci in Procurement at 253-5499, or

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 19, 2004 (download PDF).

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