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新生‌‌‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‍‍‌指南 --- 电话~+其他Utility~+房租

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Sorry - can't type Chinese today, will update later

o yea 终于把中文整出来了。。。

1. Land lines座机

In some states grad students qualify for low income discounted lines. So for a few bucks a month you may have a land line - not sure how useful this is for the student, but if your parents like to chat with friends in China, this may be better than them being on the cell phone 24X7. Phone cards to China now cost practically nothing anyway.



2. Cell phones (plans)手机
Many websites list cell plan carriers and price quotes. e.g. from a random google search:

letstalk.com

Major carriers include Tmobile, Verizon, AT&T,etc. Most people I know use the 3, with only a few exceptions.

最便宜的:The most $$-wise plan is the family talk plan. 2-5 students may share a family plan that includes *** "Any time minutes" and unlimited nights/weekends. Plan 内部通话很多是包含在内不另外算时间的。But if one of them likes to talk a lot, the whole group may be screwed...好像两个couple + 1 single share比较划算,couple很多也就彼此之间通话,横竖也是免费的。比如Tmobile有60刀700分钟的两条线的plan,往上每加一条线加10刀。

最方便的:省得跟人讨论谁这个月多打了几分钟了,自己来条单独的线最方便。40刀一个月600分钟也够用了。

There're also prepaid phones that're a lot like those in China. But this is more suitable for someoone who doesn't make/receive a lot of calls. 有的有按天收费的,但是Tmobile似乎就有不按天收费,只算分钟的

如果经常发text message就买个一个月3-4刀包月,几百条的plan,否则按条计算,贵的很。

一般plan有两年contract,开通有35-40刀费用,如果要break contract罚款好像很贵的,200多?

合同到期可以换,如果是不同商家之间换,可以保留自己的电话号码,同一商家内部的upgrade/downgrade也可以keep,但是比如原来是att的单条线,想加入别人的family plan基本keep number就没戏了。哪怕几个朋友帮你抢号也是抢不到的。

所有plan都有点surcharge什么的,所以60刀的plan帐单最后是65-70刀之间,也不用觉得奇怪。最好把国际长途直拨功能disable掉,这一般是免费disable的。从前很多恐怖故事,如果你用电话卡不小心按了通话键,会在charge你电话卡的同时算国际长途价钱,那个不是开玩笑的。

3. 手机本身:没关心过,小K是老年的一代,除了接和打电话之外,既不发msg也不手机上网,反正在家有网,出门就开车,下了车到公司还是有网。所以弄个跟plan一起来的免费手机就够了。如果要cool一点的,上面那个网站有些介绍。现在也就iphone/gphone/blackberry看起来还有点用处了,更新换代很快的,今天刚刚在dealsea看见8g refurbished iphone 才只要50刀with 2 yr contract。
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