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Phones

Cable TV, Satellite, Broadband and Cell phones

There are many packages and deals available so read all the information carefully. Some companies will offer what initially appears to be a very attractive service, but you may find that it is only guaranteed for a limited duration or that you have to commit yourself for one or two years to obtain it.

The telephone is used frequently here and there are a multitude of payment packages and charging plans. You need to be aware that different providers provide local, long distance and international services.

All-in-one packages (phone, TV, broadband) can become fairly costly if you have family members who want to watch all the latest movies, but you are able to choose a package that suits your television watching habits. An initial installation fee is required and special packages are offered regularly. Installation requires advance notice.

COX CABLE COMPANY serves Hampton Roads and offers basic services as well as several cable package options. Check out www.cox.net

VERIZON serves Virginia Beach and offers basic services as well as phone/TV/Internet package options. Check out www22.verizon.com

Refer to Yellow Pages “Television – Cable CATV & Satellite for other companies.

Internet Provider Services 

America On-Line (AOL): www.aol.com

AT&T Internet Services: www.att.com 1-800-967-5363

Cox High Speed Internet: www.cox.com (757) 222-4663 (Southside), (757)224-4663 (Peninsula)

Verizon On-line: www.verizon.net 1-888-587-7333

Cell phones

There are an abundance of cell phone retailers, again like home phone contracts beware of what you are signing up for!

This is one tip a member of the British community gave; Lots of people are excited about the fact that Verizon is going to offer the iPhone. There are a lot of good reasons to get an iPhone from Verizon … better network, better packages, tethering, etc. One significant reason NOT to get the Verizon iPhone is: It doesn’t work in the UK and Europe.

The UK and Europe use the GSM system for cell phones … and the Verizon iPhone doesn’t support that. It uses CDMA. I know from personal experience that the AT&T iPhone does work fine in the UK (although it’s pricey and you will need to pay a $500 deposit -per phone) I’ve also seen comments mentioning that the CDMA can’t handle data connections at the same time as voice connections.

So if you travel to the UK or Europe much, think carefully about getting the Verizon iPhone.