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Feb 20th, 2013, 09:41 AM
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call phones

can anyone tell me what i have to do to get cell phone operation in Italy? don't want to call home, just within Italy
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Feb 20th, 2013, 10:41 AM
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opps meant cell phone, of course
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Feb 20th, 2013, 01:02 PM
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It depends. It is complicated.

Go to the search window at the upper right hand corner of this page and do "cell phone Italy" or "iPhone Italy" (it makes a difference).

It is very, very expensive to do data from a US plan, so you will want to get this right. However, the issue has been covered so many times on this forum that you might as well get the basics down and come back with specifics.
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Feb 20th, 2013, 05:47 PM
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Buy an unlocked GMS phone on e-bay ($30 maybe). Go to Italy. Get an Italian SIm card. Good to go.

Or go to Italy, walk into a TIM store, buy a phone and go.
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Feb 22nd, 2013, 04:13 PM
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Exactly what StCirq said.
If your phone is already unlocked, simply buy a SIM card when you get to Italy and swap it out for the existing one.

You can Google 'unlock phone' to do yours before you go. Cost me about $9 online for the code to unlock my Blackberry. Took 5 minutes, easy.

At the TIM store in Florence I paid 20 Euros and got an Italian SIM card, 100 minutes talk/text, free internet. It was worth the internet alone!
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