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In the early days of the pandemic, many companies made a show of extending special benefits and discounts to the “essential workers” who weren’t able to hunker down indoors and binge Netflix when states issued stay-at-home orders. Now, as states reopen, communications giant AT&T is extending generous discounts—up to 25 percent— on its wireless plans to teachers, nurses and physicians.

Beginning today, the company has added these groups to the list of essential workers already eligible to receive its “Appreciation” discounts, which included first responders, members of the military and veterans. The discount applies to new and existing customers with AT&T’s Unlimited Starter, Extra and Elite wireless plans. (Sorry, prepaid customers, no discount for you.)

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If you’re wondering if you can get the discount, here’s how AT&T determines eligibility for these new worker categories:

Teachers: New and existing customers that are Kindergarten through post-secondary teachers, professors, instructors, and their families can take advantage of this appreciation offer.

Nurses and Physicians: New and existing customers that are nurses, physicians, physician assistants and their families can benefit from this appreciation offer.

First responders—employees of emergency management agencies, emergency medical services, fire departments, law enforcement, “public safety answering points,” as well as veterans and active military members—remain eligible as well.

You can sign up as a new customer or register your existing account on AT&T’s website. In order to receive the discount, you’ll have to provide proof of your eligible employment status within 14 days. For example, AT&T asks teachers to provide “[an] unexpired employee ID, paystub within last 30 days, employment letter within last 30 days, or state license/certification.” You’ll also be required to sign up for paperless billing and autopay.

It could take three three billing cycles for the discount to be reflected on your bill, but you’ll receive a “catch up” credit to cover the time period during which you were eligible for the discount, but paying the full rate.

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