Communications

Communications

Land Lines 

At Dickinson State University, each residence hall room is equipped for a land line telephone. You will need to purchase a telephone for your room. Telephones can be purchased inexpensively at Wal-Mart or K-mart. The more features you choose (caller I.D. or voice mail) the more you can expect to pay. When you use your land line, your local calls are free, but calls outside the area can get expensive. If you choose to use your land line, consider purchasing a calling card with competitive international and long distance rates.

Mobile Phones 

Mobile phones, or cell phone as they are commonly known in the USA, are a communications alternative available to students if you do not already have a compatible mobile phone to bring with you. There are many mobile phone options available to you, however they can range from very cheap to the very expensive so you need to shop around and find the best deal for you.

There are two main types of mobile phones that you can get, contract mobile phones and prepaid mobile phones which are also known as "pay as you go" phones. Contract phone are attractive as they generally provide the phone for free, and give you good calling rates, however unless you have a good credit history and permanent residency you will not be able to get a contract phone.

Prepaid phones are therefore your best option and although you have to buy the phone, this will be yours for life. With a prepaid plan, you purchase a number of minutes from the company you choose and you can use your phone until you run out of minutes. You can reload your minutes as you wish.

Dickinson has several businesses selling prepaid phones.

Alltel Wireless
1681 3RD AVENUE WEST, Dickinson, ND 58601  

Cellular Communications Inc
244 14th St W, Ste B, Dickinson, ND 58601
Or
448 21st St W, Ste C, Dickinson, ND 58601
 
Kohler Communications Inc
1429 Main S, Dickinson, ND 58601

Southwest Audio & Video
316A 21st St W, Dickinson, ND 58601
 
Verizon Wireless
Dickinson, ND 58601
877-256-9899

Internet
Internet connections are available in all residence hall rooms. Wireless is available in many of the campus buildings and classrooms. You will need to supply your own computer and Ethernet cable for in room use. Computer labs are available for use by students in several locations on campus. There is no fee for using on campus computers and labs

Cable Television
Basic cable television is provided in all residence hall rooms as well as the common rooms in the residence halls. There is no fee for basic cable.