COMMUNICATION OPTIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS/FAMILY WHILE YOU
ARE AT W&L
By Gyung Jeong’14 and Suraj Bajracharya ‘14
The communications market is constantly changing and it is hard to keep up, but some of our current students have tried to give you some examples of the types of communications that can be used to communicate with your friends and family in the US and abroad.
The major cell phone companies with the best coverage in the Lexington area and the least problems are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. AT&T and T-Mobile work with SIM cards and require any type of GSM phone device. Verizon and Sprint do not work with SIM cards and use CDMA instead of GSM. In the US, GSM operates on the primary mobile communication bands 850 MHz and 1900 MHz. That means that any quad band phone device will work. If you have an unlocked GSM cell phone with you and you want to keep using that, it MOST PROBABLY will work in the US. For dual band devices, you have to check what frequencies they support. You may purchase phones online.
Most companies offer both plans and prepaid package options. Plans are usually cheaper and come with huge discounts on phone devices. However, you cannot get a plan if you do not have credit history in the US unless you pay a $500 one-year deposit.
Prepaid plans work well too. You can get a monthly-prepaid plan, where you prepay at the beginning of the each month, or you can get a prepaid plan where you put money in your account and can call people until you run out of money. You can top-up your account with more money at any given time as many times as you want. You can do this online or you can buy top-up vouchers from electronics stores in Lexington like RadioShack or even Wal-Mart.
Prepaid plans are easiest and quickest to get. You can order it online. SIM cards can be bought online too.
Another good option is if you have any family or friends in the US already on a family plan, you can just add another phone to their plan. This will cost far less. But this would mean limited choice of devices.
AT&T (recommended for calls within the US)
Works with SIM card, so you can use your cell phone from home. Best coverage in Lexington area. Monthly Individual Plans (known as Nation Plans) and Prepaid Plans are available.
Minutes Monthly Rollover* Unlimited Unlimited Mobile to
Cost Nights/Weekends Mobile
450 $39.99/mo. Yes 5000 Yes
900 $59.99/mo. Yes Yes Yes
Unlimite$69.99/mo. Forever Yes Yes
*Rollover – If you have minutes left from last month, you can use them this month.
Plan Rate Plan Charge All Text Text to Data/mobile
NationwidMessages Mexico, Web browsing
e Calls NationwidCanada & 100 (on eligible
e countries phones) $65 $65.00/mo. Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 1 GB Smartphone
$50 Monthly $50.00/mo. Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
$25 Monthly $25.00/mo. 250 Unlimited Unlimited 1? per 5KB or Plan minutes buy package
$2 Daily $2.00/day Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 1? per 5 KB Unlimited ONLY on days
10?/Minute N/A 10?/min. 20?/msg. 25?/msg. sent 1? per 5 KB Plan or buy a 20?/msg.
200 messages - $4.99/mo.
1000 messages - $9.99/mo.
Unlimited - $19.99/mo.
1 GB - $25.00
200 MB - $15.00
50 MB - $5.00
International long distance package (to call to a land line phone overseas):
250 minutes - $10.00/mo.
For more details, please check these links: http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/individualplans.html
Prepaid – Pay As You Go:
Text: 10? to send receive texts Pay Minutes Cost per min. Duration
25? to send receive pictures and videos $100 1000 10?/min. 1 year (MMS) $50 400 13?/min. 90 days $30 160 19?/min. 90 days $10 30 33?/min. 90 days
Prepaid – Monthly4G plans:
Plan Cost Talk Text Web
Unlimited 4G Web, $70.00/mo. Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited (up to 4G
Talk and Text speeds)
Unlimited Talk, Text $60.00/mo. Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited (first 2 GB at
& High Speed up to 4G speeds)
Unlimited Talk, Text $50.00/mo. Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited (first 100 MB
& Web at up to 4G speeds)
Unlimited Web & $30.00/mo. 100 minutes Unlimited Unlimited (first 5 GB at
Text with 100 up to 4G speeds)
1500 Talk & Text $30.00/mo. 1500 minutes OR 1500 30 MB
with 30 MB of Data messages
The T-Mobile plans mentioned above are no-contract plans. You would buy your phone at full price and buy the above plans. T-Mobile SIM cards can be bought to use these plans on your own GSM supported phones. There also exist phones with 2-year contracts. Phones are cheap, but plans are expensive. Also, do not forget the $500 initial deposit if you do not have a credit history in the US. For details, please visit:
Verizon works on CDMA and so, you will NOT be able to use your cell phone you bring from home, if you do so. You will have to buy a Verizon 4G certified device and purchase a plan or purchase a phone with a 2-year contract. Contract plans depend on the device you choose. Prepaid plans are straightforward as follows. Also, you will be buying a phone with the plan you choose: Prepaid Monthly Plans:
Plan Price Talk Text/MMS Web
Prepaid $50 Unlimited $50.00/mo. Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Prepaid Smartphone $70.00/mo. Unlimited Unlimited 2 GB
Prepaid Smartphone $60.00/mo. Unlimited Unlimited 500 MB
Prepaid Pay As You Go Plans:
Plan Access Price Verizon to Minutes Text MMS Web
$1.99/day Unlimited Unlimited 2? 25? 99?/day Daily Plans 99?/day Unlimited 10? 10? 25? 99?/day
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