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Los Angeles - Communications (Telephone, Internet, TV, Post)
Nearly all residences in Los Angeles have landline telephone service. When you move in, you will need to contact one of the providers to establish your account. Keep in mind that if you have never had telephone service in the United States before, you may be required to pay a deposit before your service can be connected.
One of the most widely used telephone service providers in the Los Angeles area is American Telephone and Telegraph (ATT). This company provides telephone service nationwide, and offers a variety of service plans to meet your calling needs. Local calls within the Los Angeles area are free; that is, you do not pay additional per minute charges on top of your monthly service fee. Long distance calls are typically billed at a per minute rate; however, ATT offers a plan that allows unlimited long distance calling without additional per minute charges.
ATT also provides "bundled" service, under which you can get telephone service, broadband internet, and cable television in a single package. Under this plan, you just pay a single bill, instead of paying for each service separately.
To find out more about the products and services provided by ATT, or to apply for an account, visit www.att.com.
Vonage is a VoIP telephone service provider that has gained popularity in the Los Angeles area in recent years. This service connects your phone line through your computer, and also provides an internet connection. Service fees for Vonage plans start at $14.99 per month. For more information about Vonage’s plans and services, visit www.vonage.com.
Local and national broadcast television channels can be accessed with just a television antenna; however, there are no broadcast foreign language channels available. Numerous cable service providers service the Los Angeles area, including Los Angeles Cable TV Access (www.la36.org), Time Warner (www.timewarner.com), and Insight Communications (www.insight-com.com). Several of these providers also offer "bundled" service packages that include broadband access and telephone service.
Sending items through the mail can be a challenge, largely because of long lines and limited service hours. Mail service in the United States is relatively efficient, though, and add on products like delivery confirmation make it easier to track and find your package if there is a delay in its delivery.
There are a couple of ways to avoid post offices to save time. First, if you are simply mailing letters, you can purchase postage stamps at most supermarkets, and through many ATMs. Then, just place your stamped letters in a blue mailbox. These mailboxes are plentiful throughout the city, especially in shopping and other commercial areas.
Another way to avoid the post office is to use the online services offered by the United States Postal Service. From their website, www.usps.com, you can order stamps, buy envelopes, schedule package pickups, and track your shipments.
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