I'm a non-resident and I need a disposable PAYG phone in the U.S.
January 2, 2008 5:17 PM Subscribe
I'm going to be visiting the U.S. for a month shortly. I'd like to have a U.S. cellphone (and U.S. number) while I'm there. I'm not a U.S. resident, so I have no credit history or bank account, and I don't particularly want to sign up for a contract anyway. Will I be able to walk into a store in Park City, Utah (which store?) and buy one? Can I steal a march by ordering on online and having it shipped to my hotel despite my lack of U.S. credentials? Which carrier has the best Pay As You Go deal?
posted by caek to shopping (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My current plan is to have the refurbished Nokia 2610 advertised on AT&T's GoPhone PAYG plan shipped to my hotel. It's $9.99 with $10 of credit. This almost seems to good to be true, so I wonder if I'm missing something.
Also, having watched Season 3 of the Wire, I wonder if it would be simpler to walk into any store and buy a burner with cash.
I mainly want the phone to receive calls rather than make them, so I'm not very sensitive to calling/texting cost (but I'd obviously rather it wasn't punitively expensive!) I don't anticipate using the phone again, but bonus points if the number/account/calling credit doesn't disappear after, say, 12 months of non-use.
So, what's my next move?