Having a telephone or “phone” for short, is a very crucial part of living in the United States. There are two most commonly used forms of telephone service: fixed phones and cell phones.
There are many different things to consider when deciding on a home or cell phone. According to the Pew Research Center, 95% of Americans have a cell phone, and that number increases every year. Around 77% of those have smart phones.
Phones that are always wireless and can be used almost anywhere.
First, you have to decide who you will contract with to provide your service; this company is called your "carrier". The major carriers in the U.S. are:
Each carrier has their own pricing plans, areas of service they cover, and discounts. For a comparison of each carrier, you can see this article. Once you choose a carrier, you have to choose which phone you want. Many of the cell phones sold today are "smart phones."
A smart phone is a cell phone with more options that make it easier to connect to the internet, access emails, take pictures and videos, and allows the user to download mobile applications, or "apps." Apps can include maps with step-by-step driving instructions, games, ways to create documents, edit pictures, and much more. Some apps are free, but many do cost a few dollars. Smart phones will vary in price, but they are more expensive than phones without all the extras.
Almost all smart phones are either an iPhone (made by the Apple Corporation) or run on Google's Android system. Most people get their cell phones as part of their plan from their carrier, but you can also find them for sale on Craigslist or from a private seller. Be warned, you are taking a chance buying a phone from anyone other than an official carrier, because a private sale will not include any guarantee or warranty, and some phones (especially iPhones) can be locked so they can only be used on certain carriers.
To own and use a cell phone, you must first purchase a “plan” from a service provider.
A contract between you and your service provider that states the terms of your cell phone service (for example: how many minutes you can use talking each month, how many text messages you can send, etc.).
Although there are basic plans that the majority of cell phone service providers offer, each one has its own specific restrictions and benefits. Your best option would be to:
When looking at prices for cellphones, you need to compare prices and packages. Other things to consider:
If you decide to purchase a fixed phone for your home, you must then figure out what your home number is so that other people may call you.
You can dial 127.22.123 or 1.800.801.902 to learn what your home phone number is
There are numerous home phone service providers that usually offer cheap deals for fixed phones.Phone Providers in Iowa
Here is contact information for some of the largest and most common of the phone companies:
Contact information can be found on this webpage:
Contact Iowa Telecom via Windstream with this number: 1.866.445.5880
OR use the information on this website to make an inquiry:
Either access by this number: 1.855.MEDIACOM or 1.855.633.4226
OR fill out the information necessary on the website and receive a response back in a couple days:
Contact information as well as customer service numbers can be found here:
Every phone number has ten numbers. For example, you will often see phone numbers written like this: (123) 456-7890.
If you are dialing long distance, you will have to dial "1" first, before the rest of the number.
The next set of three numbers is the area code, which identifies what part of the U.S., Canada and some other countries the number is assigned to. If you are calling outside of your region or you live someplace with overlapping regions, you will have to dial the area code. For a list of area codes, please see http://www.allareacodes.com/area-code-map.htm
The next group of seven numbers is what you dial if you are calling someone locally.
There are some numbers that are toll-free, meaning even though it is not a local number, there will not be a charge to call them.If a phone number starts with 800, 866, 877 or 888, that number is toll-free.