I figured this is as good a place as any to ask. Apparently an SSN is required to take out a mobile phone contract in the US, which we obviously won't have for several weeks after arriving, which is the first problem. The second problem is I've heard from others who have moved over there that they demand eye-watering deposits due to not having a US credit history, Here in the UK, hardly anyone buys a mobile phone separately from the contract, they are bundled in with the SIM, requiring a small up front fee (e.g. £100) for the phone, and then a monthly contract payment, which you are tied to for 2 years or so. Is it the same in the US? If so, is it generally better to go the bundled contract route, or phone and SIM separately? I'm wondering whether it makes more sense for us to buy the phones/devices outright and then just take out a PAYG or SIM only contract.