Telephones in the US are available both as landlines and as cellular telephones, offering local and international long-distance services.
The US does not have national or statewide monopolies for telephone providers, which means that many telephone providers are available in each state. Landlines provide unlimited local service for a minimal monthly expense. You can add long-distance services for additional fees. You may also purchase pre-paid phone-cards, which can be used at any landline telephone.
Cell phones are very popular in the US. Many Americans have both a cell phone and a landline. Some, including many students, choose to have only a cell phone, as cell phones have both local and long-distance ability. There are a number of cell phone companies in the US, offering different packages and incentives. Some research will tell you which is the right phone for you. While you may be able to use your cell phone from your home country, it will be long-distance, and the cost likely to be extreme. It is probably better to purchase an American cell phone.
Some cities in the US now have what's called "10-digit dialing," which means you must dial the area code of the number you are calling. The local telephone book will have a listing of area codes for the various areas around the city. Use the telephone book as a source of for local emergency numbers and government offices as well.
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