Communication Services

Campus Phones

If you would like a telephone land line in your room, you may request service through the Personal Information link on BannerWeb. There is a $50 installation fee per academic year. If you receive financial aid, you may be eligible for a waiver of the $50 installation fee by speaking to Student Financial Services or emailing them at financialaid@middlebury.edu. You can expect service within 2 weeks of your request, but you will need to provide your own telephone (ISSS has a limited number, so if you need one please don’t hesitate to ask).

Cellular Services

Carriers’ Coverage – Verizon Wireless and AT&T offer the best reception and service plans for the Middlebury area. Sprint PCS/ Nextel also has reception in Middlebury and competitive plans. For details on these or other cellular carriers’ coverage, please visit their websites as listed below.

When considering different providers (especially a two-year contract plan), please be aware that many service providers in the United States do not have any roaming options, so if this is relevant to you, please investigate this feature before committing to a two-year contact. Reception may be poor in a few on-campus locations (due to College building design) and off-campus due to Vermont’s terrain and limited cell tower coverage.

Plans – It is fairly common in the United States to sign up for a two-year contract plan with a service provider (i.e. carrier) in which the contract includes the use of a locked phone (i.e. it does NOT work with any other service provider). Unfortunately, in order to do that, many phone carriers require you to have a U.S. Social Security Number or pay a large deposit in order to enroll in a contract.

PLEASE BE AWARE: You do not need a contract in order to have cellular services!

If you already have an unlocked phone, or buy one (options discussed below), you can purchase a plan known as the “pay-as-you-go” option. This means you pay a set monthly fee for a certain amount of talking/texting and data. For example, you could pay $40 per month for unlimited talking and texting. You can renew this each month as long as you want without being obligated to sign up for a two-year contract. A TracFone has a similar option which allows students to buy phone credit rather than sign up for a contract.

Another option that service providers won’t advertise but is available is “pay-per-use”. This means you don’t have to pay a set monthly fee. For example, you could buy a line and add US $15 credit to your account. Then the provider will charge you 10 cents per minute and 20 cents per text. For this option, your credit expires after one or three months depending on the amount purchased/used and your service provider’s regulations.

Phones – If you already have a phone, AT&T is the most compatible, but it is best to check with AT&T before committing to any plan. If you do not have a phone, you can purchase a new one from a phone store, but it will be expensive if you don’t enroll in a contract plan (discussed earlier). Many students choose to purchase an unlocked phone online on websites like Amazon – or from reputable refurbished phone stores – and then take the unlocked phone to a carrier, like Verizon Wireless or AT&T, to purchase a “pay-as-you-go” or “pay-per-use” option. If you plan to use a service provider, such as Verizon Wireless, then you must have an unlocked phone that works with their service.

*** Please check with the service provider BEFORE purchasing an unlocked phone.

Cellular Providers in the United States

Offering Pre-Paid and Contract Options

  • Verizon Wireless (www.verizonewireless.com): 22 Court Street, Middlebury (802.443.8500)
  • AT&T (http://www.att.com): Hannaford Shopping Plaza, Route 7 South, Middlebury (802.388.4433) – You can take the Free ACTR “Route 7” bus there.
  • Sprint (www.sprint.com)            
    • 235 S Main Street - Rutland (802.775.7430)
    • 166 Sycamore Street - Suite 110d, Williston (802.662.1461)
    • 155 Dorset Street - University Mall, South Burlington (802.651.8885)

Pre-Paid Plans (Some can be purchased in Middlebury. Others can be found online.)

Alternative to Cellular Services

Some students choose not to get a cellular phone. Another option is to take advantage of the widespread availability of Wi-Fi on campus and use devices (such as an iPad, tablet, or computer) to communicate with students and family back home. There are options, such as Google Voice, Viber and Skype, where you can buy credit and call landline and phone numbers without having a U.S. one!

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Service Building - Second Floor
84 South Service Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
P: 802 443-5858
F: 802 443-2063
isss@middlebury.edu