Why doesn’t the USA have these?

I’m no longer competing to be the last American (of any age) to own a cell phone. I’ve entered the 20th century. But the system in Georgia made it easier. My phone cost $35 and I have no contract. Instead, I have a SIM card. To activate my phone, I simply find one of these machines, which are everywhere. Then I put in some money, enter my phone number, and the credit appears on my SIM card. In other words, I only pay for the minutes that I use. After two months, I’ve used less than $10 for local calls. I use Skype for long-distance calls. If Georgia has more affordable, easy-to-use technologies, then perhaps I’ll be able to enter the 21st century!

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About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

2 Responses to Why doesn’t the USA have these?

  1. Anna Keshelashvili says:

    Keith, I agree, cell phone services are cheaper in Georgia to some extent, but you have At&T’s pay-as-you-go service, with no plan, no contract, no credit check and quite cheap, just get a SIM-card and refill by calling the customer service.
    Google Talk has free calls to US numbers – just in case you are spending money on Skype.

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