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Purchasing a Cellular (Mobile) Phone

When shopping around for a phone, you should take into consideration things like coverage, monthly charges, minutes offered, etc. The most popular cellular (mobile) companies in Plattsburgh are Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and Unicel. You can find a summary of their basic services below. Please go to their respective websites for more information.

Essential Cellular Phone Information


  Verizon Wireless   Sprint  Unicel
Deposit for opening account (refundable at contract end) Yes, $400 Yes, $150 with 2-year contract Yes, $110
Minimum Monthly Charges $39.99 $39.99 $40
Minutes with introductory plan 450 450 800
Free minutes Free calls to other Verizon customers, free nights after 9:00 pm, free weekends Free nights after 7:00 pm, free weekends 1000 free off-peak (nights) minutes
Lowest text plan $5 per month for 250 messages $5 for 300 messages $7 for 300 messages
Free phone with plan No, starting at $30 Yes Yes

Note: This information is current as of May 22, 2008.

Other Cellular Companies

Some national companies like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile do not have stores in Plattsburgh. Nonetheless, if you have a plan with one of those companies, you can get coverage in Plattsburgh. Check out the AT&T plans, T-Mobile plans, and Virgin Mobile plans, and compare them with the local offerings. Find out which company best fits your needs.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about services for international applicants and students at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

International Student Services
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 209
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA

Phone: (518) 564-3287; (877) 877-5170 (in U.S. and Canada)
Fax: (518) 564-3292
E-mail: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.