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Considerations for Personal Use

Choosing the Right Area Code

Purchasing a cell phone with a permanent/home area code could make the mobile phone number a long distance call for anybody located on campus. For those who wish to use their mobile phones to communicate mostly on-campus or in surrounding areas, request a Chicago or Evanston area code from your chosen service provider.

Some companies allow customers to place several phones on the same bill and designate separate area codes for each one. Parents can buy a phone for their use as well as a phone for their student to use at school.

Note: Students will need to provide a school address so carriers can match them with the proper service area.

Coverage Considerations

To identify the most appropriate coverage area, consider how and where cell phones will be used. Most carriers offer several options.

Cell phones come with a variety of features, such as voice mail, text messaging, and caller ID, to help make communication easier. Visit the Cell Phone Features and Manufacturers page for more information.

Last Updated: 15 August 2011

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