Telephone and Utilities
Bear in mind that if you live off campus, you will need to arrange and pay for the utilities if not included in the rent.
Cell Phone/Mobile Phone
U.S. Cellular: https://www.uscellular.com/
Prepaid cell phone. For example, TracFone, Straight Talk, Total Wireless, Mint Mobile, Cricket. You can buy at Walmart, Best Buy, and other places. Generally less expensive but phone choices are limited.
Land Line Telephone (Optional)
Local land line phone service is provided by Verizon and several other companies. For Verizon residential service, see http://www.verizon.com.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a less expensive alternative. Ooma is bascially free (http://www.ooma.com/).
Electricity in Blacksburg is provided by either AEP/Appalachian Power (800-956-4237) or Virginia Tech Electric Service (540-231-6437). If not included in the rent, check with your landlord to determine which company services your residence. You will probably have to pay a deposit to establish service.
Internet Service The Internet Service Provider (ISP) is dependent on location. In some places, you may have a choice, including the following:
For residences using gas (for heating and/or appliances), service is provided by Atmos Energy (1-888-286-6700).