International Student Services Office

The Cell Phone Page

cell phone

These days it is very difficult to even think about not having a cell phone. It will most likely be one of the first concerns you have when you arrive. It is very important that when you are shopping around for a cell phone, you first have an idea of what you want from the cell phone plan. Below are just a few things to consider before you procure your cell phone:

There are two types of cell phone options to choose form: 1-2 year contract cell phones or a prepaid phone which you use by adding minutes when necessary. Make sure to research which is the best type of phone for your needs.

The majority of cell phone companies charge for all calls, including incoming calls. Conversely, most have free calling within their network.

You will have a range of the amount of minutes you can 'purchase' within the parameters of the plan you choose. If you use more than the number of minutes you have 'purchased' in the month, you will be charged for the minutes at a much higher rate.

Check your plan to see if you have unlimited weekend and nighttime minutes; these minutes do not count against the minutes in your plan.

Most cell phone plans do not come with international calling, so make sure you ask about international calling plans if you want to use your phone to call home

Most contract cell phones require a Social Security Number, if you don't have a Social Security Number, you will most likely have to pay a deposit (the deposit should be returned at the end of the contract)

If you have an unlocked phone from your home country, check with the cell phone provider to see if it is compatible with their service.

Some phone companies have better reception in certain cities. Check out the providers' reception in Indianapolis at CellReception.com or DeadCellZones.com

Text messaging typically carries an additional charge. Ask about adding texting to your plan.

Once a contract is signed, you will be obligated to pay for the entire contract period. If you break the contract, expect to pay a high fee.

Cell Phone Providers near Butler:

Verizon Wireless ~ Show Info

Circle Center Mall

49 West Maryland Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 964-0294

T-mobile ~ Show Info

Circle Center Mall

49 West Maryland St

Indianapolis, IN 46205

(317) 637-0254

Sprint ~ Show Info

120 Monument Circle, Ste 103
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 655-1000
sprint.com

AT&T ~ Show Info

Circle Center Mall
49 West Maryland Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 630-4928

Providers Only Online ~ Show Info

Virgin Mobile: http://www.virginmobileusa.com/, Great phone selection. Variety of plans.
Tracfone: http://www.tracfone.com/, Free (conditional) international calling plan. Make sure you read terms and conditions.