Cell Phones in the United States


The information on this page is intended as a resource for international students who attend South Seattle College.

There are two service options for international students when getting a cell phone in the United States.

Pay Monthly Plan:

  • No Social Security Number Needed
  • No Deposit
  • Pay for the service each month
       If payment is not received, service will be turned off and an additional activation fee may be required
  • Pay for the phone
  • Activation Fee

Contract Plan:

  • Social Security Number Recommended
  • Without a Social Security Number, most companies require a large payment deposit ($400-$500)
  • Contract for 1-2 years with payments due each month
  • Discounts on purchase of phone
  • Some companies may have an Activation Fee

Available Carriers:

  • Verizon
  • T-Mobile
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Sprint
  • AT&T