Since you have decided that you are going to study in US, it is a good idea to get a US phone number! When going to get a phone number, make sure to bring your passport, Penn ID, I-20, and acceptance letter with you.
Here are some phone service providers near campus:
AT&T, 3741 Walnut Street, “AT&T is bringing it all together – helping people mobilize their worlds – with advanced mobile services, next-generation TV and high-speed Internet services, and smart solutions for businesses.”
T-Mobile, 3441 Chestnut Street, “In a world full of busy and fragmented lives, we at T-Mobile USA, Inc., have this idea that wireless communications can help. The value of our plans, the breadth of our coverage, the reliability of our network, and the quality of our service are meant to do one thing: help you stick together with the people who make your life come alive. That’s why we’re here.”
Verizon, 3631 Walnut Street, “We’re committed to putting our customers first by providing excellent service and exceptional communications experiences. By focusing on our customers we’re able to produce a solid return for our shareowners, engage our employees in challenging and meaningful work and provide something of lasting value for society.”
Finally, note that without a social security number, you may need to provide a deposit in order to get a phone plan. You can also choose a pre-paid plan.