Mobile Phones & Telecommunications

Campus Calls

Washington College has its own switchboard, so calls within campus area will be free. From a campus phone, students only have to dial the extension number (four digits) in order to call on campus.

To place calls using a campus phone outside the campus, dial 9 first, and then the intended number.

Mobile Phone Service

While it is "mobile phone" in British English, it is "cell phone" in American English. There are four major operators in the United States that offer nationwide wireless services. Two of these (AT&T and T-Mobile) provide service using the GSM standard, while the other two (Verizon and Sprint) primarily use CDMA. All four also operate networks using the LTE standard for their 4G services.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, that offers 4G service using LTE technology. A Verizon Wireless store is located in the Redner's shopping plaza in Chestertown.

AT&T Mobility

AT&T Mobility, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, subsidiary of AT&T Inc., offers 3G and 4G service using HSPA+ and LTE technology respectively.

T-Mobile US

T-Mobile US, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, is a subsidiary of German telecommunications company T-Mobile International AG (with Deutsche Telekom as its majority stakeholder). T-Mobile US offers 2G service usingGSM, and 3G and 4G service  using HSPA+ and LTE technology respectively.

Sprint Corporation

Sprint Corporation, headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, is majority owned by Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank Group. Sprint offers 2G service using cdmaOne, 3G service using CDMA2000, and 4G service using LTE technology.


There will be an opportunity to purchase a U.S. cell phone during the first few days of International Student Orientation.  Using your cell phone will be one way to remain in contact with family back home and friends both on- and off-campus.