Mail, Phones & Adapters
Stay in touch with work or family and friends and plan ahead for ways to communicate internationally. Today, Internet access to easy to come by and most hotels offer it for free or to purchase at reasonable cost. Look for cafes and coffee shops with sign in the window indicating free WiFi. Travelers can easily stay connected through WiFi options on their portable devices like laptops, iPads and phones with Internet options. Remember that you’ll need an AC adapter for your laptop and a plug adapter for U.S. sockets.
Travelers who need to make phone calls have several convenient options. The only cell phones that work inside the United States are GSM tri or quad band models. The most cost effective method is usually to buy a compatible SIM card for the USA (sold by major carriers like AT&T and Cingular) or to buy a no-contract, prepaid phone with a set number of minutes (available form Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, AT&T and more starting at $15).
Phone numbers within the U.S. start with a three digital are code followed by a seven-digit number. To call long-distance (from state to state) you may need to first press 1. 1 is the international country code for USA if calling from abroad. Dial 011 to make an international call from with the U.S., followed by the country code and phone number.