Does the same apply in the USA in the current day (OK - to be precise 6 months ago)?
How much would it cost a character to get hold of a very basic phone and how quickly could it be up and running? Are there any paperwork / registration requirements or could someone walk in with a handful of cash, and walk out with a useable phone? What would it cost?
I'm aware of gadgets to bypass waiting for a phone battery to be charged - I'm working on the assumption that they can be found in the USA. What I'm more interested in is any administrative requirements.
Edited - Thanks all - I just needed to check the basic outline that a 'pay-as-you-go' 'pay in advance' type of approach exists over there as well. Any further comments about terminology or costs for that approach would be welcome.