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    Does anyone have any experience using Skype as their main means of communication, on a road trip?

    What are the ups? downs?

    Lifey probably won't have a US mobile phone

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    You will have to find wifi to use it. You should probably buy a pay as you go phone when you get here, you can buy an AT&T Go Phone at Walmart for 20 bucks. When it runs low, you can buy a refill card just about anywhere.

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    Do you mean AT&T no longer require you to be a resident?

    They did in 2007.

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    How are they going to know if you buy the phone at Walmart and refill cards at convenience stores? Use a relative's address if you must.

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    I would agree that looking into a prepaid cell phone is something you should look at. The prepaid phones don't require any billing information, and if they ask for an address, its just to assign a local phone number. I have a prepaid tracfone phone that I bought for $10, and all they asked for is a zip code. There are several different companies and options out there, so you'll want to see which has the best deal for what you need, especially with international rates, but you should be able to do much of that homework online.

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    If you buy anything other than AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, you need to determine the coverage areas. If not, you may wind up with a phone that's useless outside major metros and away from major highways. The companies such as Tracfone and Virgin Mobile use major networks, but you have to find out which one.

    The only other major here other than those 3 is T-Mobile, and their coverage is considerably lacking.

  7. Default go prepaid.

    I'd recommend a tracfone. I had one for years and the reception was great. Not sure who the provider is? Verizon? Cheap though.

    Skype is great- here in AK it's my main source for communication. But you do have to be around wi-fi to use it, and if the internet isn't super fast, be prepared for dropped calls/choppy calls/echoes, and general annoying malfunctions.

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    If it's Verizon, the coverage will be as good as any.

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    Tracfone (and I believe several of the other prepaids like Virgin) uses a combination of different providers. In some areas it will be Verizon, in some areas AT&T, in my primary area it ends up being US Cellular. They contract out with those larger companies to essentially resell airtime.

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    interesting. All I know is, it's worked great everywhere I've used it (mainly in the Northeast)

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