I think your SO will appreciate his phone. Just keep in mind that not all places have cell service. I have been lucky hearing from my SO. He has been to Texas (space shuttle recovery), Utah, New Mexico, Idaho, and now Montana fire fighting. I think I have listed them all. Sometimes he has service and sometimes he doesn’t. He is in Montana and he must be in a hole somewhere because I haven’t heard from him since this past Saturday. Im hanging in there and you do the same.
Make sure you get a cell plan that is great for you. I live in Virginia and we are on the 12 state plan. we have thought about the national plan but we decided that It wasn’t worth paying the money not knowing how much he would be going out west to fight fire. Good luck finding a plan that is right for you.