Every cell phone carrier has different plans in terms of how many call minutes you can use each month, how much data you have available, and how many text messages you can send. Choosing the right plan can be difficult, but it's important to choose wisely so you don't end up paying too much money and that you are aware of any fees.

There are two main options: Plan or Prepaid

Many cell phone providers offer plans that involve signing a contract, typically for 1 or 2 years in length. Be aware that there are fees for ending a contract early. Make sure you clarify all terms of your contract before you sign.

Another option is a prepaid plan, where you pay monthly for the minutes and texts that you use. Most cell phone providers offer prepaid plans.

Cell Phone Carriers

Here is a list of popular cell phone companies, which have offices located on or near campus.


AT&T: 3741 Walnut Street

Verizon: 3631 Walnut Street

T-Mobile: 3441 Chestnut Street

Sprint: 3737 Chestnut Street &  1760 Market Street

Cricket Wireless: 1518 Chestnut Street

AT&T and Verizon both offer plans that do not require a Social Secuirty Number nor require a deposit to obtain a cell phone contract. You must provide your passport and PennCard.


ISSS, in partnership with Business Services and VPUL, has arranged a special offering for international students with AT&T. Representatives will be available at the AT&T store, located at 3741 Walnut Street, to assist you with finding the right plan. No deposit is required and you do not need a Social Security Number to obtain a cell phone contract. All you will need is your passport and PennCard.

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