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Phones in the US


To keep in touch with your dear ones in the United States, several options are available. Discover how to get a land-line or to subscribe to mobile telephony.

If you you want to make phone calls to your friends or relatives in the United States, you can choose between a fixed phone line or a mobile. Various phone companies offer different services and packages. Some of them also offer special packages for international calls and satellite TV.

Fixed telephony

Choose a carrier and go in person to make your subscription. You can be asked to pay a deposit for a phone line. You can also visit the website of the company beforehand in order to determine what type of plan best suits your budget. You can still use prepaid cards allowing you to make calls. These can be used on all types of phones. They are available in supermarkets, shops or filling stations.

Here is a list of the main fixed-line operators in the United States:

AT & T


Century Link


Wind Stream

Sage Telecom


It is more common and convenient to use a mobile phone in the United States. Some mobile operators even have indicated their intention to terminate their fixed telephony services. American companies offer GSM mobile phone technology to facilitate communication for international travelers. However, unlocking mobile phones is prohibited in the country since January 2013: it is then better to buy a mobile phone on the spot.

Once you get a cell phone, you can buy a "smart card" and refill your account. Prepaid cards are available in all supermarkets, shops, gas stations and even pharmacies. You can get a cell phone as from $ 29.99.

Here is a list of major mobile operators:

Verizon Wireless

AT & T Mobile


Boost Mobile

Rent a mobile phone

If you do not have a cell phone or do not want to buy one, you can opt for a plan with mobile phone accessories and messaging service. You will pay an amount from $5 to $7 per day to rent a mobile phone. You can choose the most suitable package for your budget, but be aware that connection rates may be more expansive, whether for local or international calls.

Public phones

If you do not have a land-line or cell phone, you can still make calls from public phones. However, it can be quite expansive. Minutes are billed at fifty cents for local calls and international calls are more expensive. Some operators offer prepaid cards at more reasonable rates.


In the United States, phone numbers are composed of 10 digits. To make a local call, you must dial "1" followed by the area code "206" followed by the telephone number of the person you would like to call.

To make international calls, you must dial "011" followed by the country code and the city code or area code before dialing the phone number. However, some countries in the vicinity of the United States do not require international code.

If you want to find a phone number, check a phone book or dial "411". For emergency services, dial "911".

We do our best to provide accurate and up to date information. However, if you have noticed any inaccuracies in this article, please let us know in the comments section below.
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