Communication Services

Cell-Phone Service

There are several options for getting a cell phone in the US. It is recommended that you research the different plan types and the associated costs before signing a contract with a company. The most well known companies are Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, however there are many other less expensive companies that offer cell phone plans, such as Tracfone (mention of companies here is not to be considered an endorsement).

Plan types include:

  • Contract: you have a set monthly cost with set limits on minutes you talk, number of texts sent, and amount of data used. Often if you exceed your limits on a contract there is an added cost (usually very high).
  • Pay-as-you-go: the company sets costs for minutes, texts, and data and charges you for what you actually use. These plans tend to be a good idea for people who do not use their phones often.
  • Pre-paid: very much like the pay-as-you-go plan, except you pay ahead of time a certain amount of money that then goes towards minutes or texts. 

Internet

If you need to arrange for internet connectivity in your home, your landlord should be able to provide you with what companies are available. Typically the company that provides internet can also provide cable tv service, if you are interested in it. 

Postal Mail

If you need to send mail, refer to the United States Postal Service (USPS) webpage.