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Old 12-16-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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Hi guys; as the title says: Do you have to have a SSN to be able to get a celphone contract in Texas?

As some of you know, my youngest son is going to school in Plano. He went to Verizon and they said they could only offer him a prepaid plan because he didn't have an SSN.

We have (his brothers, his mom and I) bbs and we'd like for him to get one so we can stay in touch with him.

My question is: how can we do this?

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If he has a job where he filled out a W2 he should have like a EIN (Employee Identification Number) number for tax records. I know a Peruvian man whose legal status in this country is questionable. He has used his EIN to get his driver's license, a car loan, a cellphone, a mortgage, utilities etc... All the normal things one would get that require a credit check. His EIN is essentially his SSN.
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Most campuses have a webpage for international students on how to get an SSN. Some allow students to work on campus (and they in turn can get a SSN. Just an idea.

International Students And Social Security Numbers

Here's Univ of Dallas -Planos International site:
http://www.thedallasmba.com/universitylife/iss/employ
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If he has a job where he filled out a W2 he should have like a EIN (Employee Identification Number) number for tax records. I know a Peruvian man whose legal status in this country is questionable. He has used his EIN to get his driver's license, a car loan, a cellphone, a mortgage, utilities etc... All the normal things one would get that require a credit check. His EIN is essentially his SSN.
He is a student so far but that's great info for the future. Thanks neo

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Most campuses have a webpage for international students on how to get an SSN. Some allow students to work on campus (and they in turn can get a SSN. Just an idea.

International Students And Social Security Numbers

Here's Univ of Dallas -Planos International site:
University of Dallas - Working in the U.S.
Hey Newbsauce; thanks man!

I think that site will do fine.

I know that any foreigner who's residing here for more than 6 months can get any contract just by presenting his passport. It still seems weird to me that you need an SSN to be able to get a celphone contract. He already bought a car and he has a checking and savings account.
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Can always get a Gophone.
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Can always get a Gophone.
Don't know what that is but I need him to be able to use bb chat. That would allow us to be permanently in contact with him.

I'll google "Gophone"
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Ah BB Chat. I've pretty much stopped talking to my wife since we were introduced to that little gem!

I have nothing relevant to add.
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Don't know what that is but I need him to be able to use bb chat. That would allow us to be permanently in contact with him.

I'll google "Gophone"
Ohhh, nm then.
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BBM will not work with gophones
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he can get a plan but will probably require a deposit.
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he can get a plan but will probably require a deposit.
That would be fine with us. I'll check on that option.

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Ah BB Chat. I've pretty much stopped talking to my wife since we were introduced to that little gem!

I have nothing relevant to add.
The thing is: you can chat with anyone who has a bb anywhere in the world for free

Just don't use roaming with it
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What is this stuff you speak of?
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Black Berry DAWG! DUH!!
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for contracts ye, but at tmobile we offer no contract plans. legit plans that you pay once a month and they are the same price if not cheaper then normal contract plans

PM me for more details, i work for T-mobile and know what im talking about
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for contracts ye, but at tmobile we offer no contract plans. legit plans that you pay once a month and they are the same price if not cheaper then normal contract plans

PM me for more details, i work for T-mobile and know what im talking about
PM sent. Many, many thanks!
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BB chat is the joint yo.
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disturbedfan121; you sir rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Many, many thanks to all. This is why I love this forum. You guys help me find answers that no one else can!

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