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Cell Phones

If you are eligible for and have received a social security number (SSN), getting a cell phone in the U.S. should be easy. Call or visit the website of any cell phone provider.

If you are not eligible for a social security number, you may have difficulty getting a monthly cell phone plan, but you can get a prepaid plan. Most prepaid cell phone plans do not require a social security number. The information below can help you decide which company offers the best alternative for your needs. 

AT&T Wireless
1-866-246-4852
A pre-paid plan can be purchased online or at an AT&T store. A SSN is required for a monthly plan.

Sprint
1-800-SPRINT1
Without a SSN customers can visit a Sprint store to purchase a monthly plan using their passport.

T-Mobile
1-800-T-MOBILE
A pre-paid plan can be purchased online or in a T-Mobile store. A SSN is required for a monthly plan.

Verizon Wireless
1-800-922-0204
Without a SSN customers can fax a copy of their student ID and visa and pay a $400 deposit fee or they can visit a Verizon store. Pre-paid plans can also be purchased online or at a Verizon store.