can request basic telephone service by contacting the telephone company,
SBC/Ameritech at 1-800-244-4444 to complete an application over the
phone. You will be required to fax documentation, your stamped passport, visa
and school ID to 1-800-668-6613 (attn: CSC). Other information may be
requested, and you will be advised accordingly. You can request assistance from
International Student Affairs staff if necessary.
Establishing Phone Service
Basic phone service means you can make and receive calls and have access to the
Internet. You will be asked whether or not you want your new phone number to be
'published' or 'unpublished'. There will be an additional monthly charge to have
an 'unpublished' phone number. The cost to install a telephone line is
approximately $50 and will appear on your first month's bill along with charges
for any calls you've made. When you request a telephone line, you will be
offered other services provided by the phone company, such as caller ID, voice
mail and call waiting, just to name a few. Additional services cost more and
charges add up quickly, so choose your services wisely.
Long Distance Calls
Your long distance calling options include choosing a long distance carrier
using "10-10"/dialaround access codes, or using prepaid phone cards.
When ordering telephone service, you will be asked to choose a long distance
carrier. AT&T and MCI are expensive, but reliable carriers. There are many
other carriers to choose from, so it's a good idea to ask your friends and
classmates for references. If you choose a carrier and become unhappy with the
service, it can (usually) be changed at any time. Until you sign up for a long
distance carrier, you will be charged an additional $1 fee per month on your
You can use "10-10"/dialaround access
codes to make long distance calls if you do not have a long distance carrier.
'"Dialaround" got its name because you basically dial around specific
long distance providers to access a network of carriers. You are not signing up
if you use an access/"dialaround" code, nor are you canceling a
previously ordered long distance provider. Charges for "10-10" calls
appear on your monthly phone bill along with all other charges for the line. If
you are using someone else's line, always let them know to expect upcoming
"10-10" charges on their bill. Check local radio, television,
newspaper ads and www.10-10phonerates.com
for the best deals.
Prepaid phone or calling cards are readily
available and very helpful if you are on a budget. They offer convenience and
reliability every day and in emergency situations. When you buy a prepaid phone
card, you are paying in advance for a specific amount of calling time. When you
use your card, time is automatically logged and deducted from the card until all
the time is depleted. Typical other charges include maintenance fees and taxes.
Phone cards vary greatly depending on where you are calling from/to and usually
expire within three to six months of purchase. A good place to learn more about
phone cards or to find the one that best suits your needs, go to www.phonecards-prepaid.com.
An alternative to ordinary phone lines is a cellular or wireless phone. You can
take it everywhere and is more convenient than a "land line". There
are many programs offered by cellular phone companies. Before purchasing a phone
and/or signing a contract, you will have to consider which one is most suitable
for you. Inquire about minutes per month, monthly service fees and any special
offers for which you may qualify. Many companies provide cell phones for free
but may require you to agree to a one-year contract. Once you sign a
contract/agreement with a company, it would be difficult or impossible to
change. While Moraine Valley cannot recommend one company over another, here is
contact information for the closest location for just a few of the many area
cell phone companies:
If you do not have a computer, as a Moraine Valley student, you have three
locations where you can access the Internet: Center for Contemporary Technology
(CCT) in T900, the Learning Resource Center (LRC), L251, or in the International
Student Affairs Office in the Student Services Center, Room S217. When using the computer
labs, please check the schedule board to see which computers are available for
student use. You may need to show your student ID to gain access to computers.
You can sign up for a HOTMAIL (www.hotmail.com)
address, which is a free service, if you do not already have an e-mail address.
If you need to print something, there is a .10 charge per page and you will need
to purchase a cash card in the Library/Learning Resources Center. This will cost
$1 to buy the card and funds can be added to it. Moraine Valley cash cards can
also be used on campus copiers. For more information about obtaining a cash
card, inquire at the Library/Learning Resources Center.