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Old 08-23-2009, 12:14 PM   #1
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Getting a cell phone without a Social Security #

My BIL is from Norway and is going to college in the States. He wants to sign up for a US based cell phone plan but doesn't have a SS#. I think this is required since the companies can do a background check. Are there any options other than doing a prepaid plan?

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Old 08-23-2009, 12:43 PM   #2
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Put him on your family plan (what ever you have) and let him pay the bill.
Just a thought, but you could work something like that out if everyone is in agreement and trustworthy.

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Old 08-23-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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I was thinking the same thing. That might be the best/only option although putting a college student with family and friends over seas is a little nerve racketing. The first bill might be $1,000 but he's pretty responsible and I'm sure he'd pay his share.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:35 PM   #4
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Just get him a prepaid. Boost, Virgin, or any of the like.
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I would also sign him up for a VOIP service (Vonage, for example) so he can call home inexpensively.
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Old 08-23-2009, 02:37 PM   #6
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Perhaps a dumb thought--bring a cell phone from Norway with international calling enabled?
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Prepaid Tracfone works for us, but we don't us them much.
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:10 PM   #8
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He CAN get a taxpayer ID number instead of a SS#.... just use his name...

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