Cell Phone for daughter

Old Nov 29th, 2007, 08:29 AM
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Cell Phone for daughter

My daughter will be in Italy for 4 weeks in January. My wife is insisting she have a cell phone that works so she can call if needed (or wife needs to talk to her). The phones we have (Verizon) won't work overseas. I am thinking it will be best to buy a phone that is usable throughout Europe since we will be in France and Norway in the next year. We want the phone before she travels so I will use the internet. Any advise on what to look for and avoid?
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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 08:56 AM
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For my trip to Italy this past summer I bought an used, unlocked, quad band GSM phone on ebay for $20. (Moto V190).

I bought an Italian mobil co (TIM) SIM card before departure (so I had the tel # before departure).

It is cheaper to have her wait till she arrives and buy a SIM card there at a TIM store. They can show her how it works, how to add call time ($), etc.

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Old Nov 29th, 2007, 09:10 AM
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I agree with J62 about buying a used unlocked GSM phone on ebay. Good bets are a Motorola v190, v191, v195, and v197, and a Nokia 6610. An alternative to buying an Italian sim is to get an international sim from the list at


Getting one of these sims provides a phone number before your daughter leaves and a sim you and your wife can use in Europe next year. If you go this route, find you what you have to do to keep the sim active between trips.
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Another suggestion (which I personally conseder a better one) is a travel kit from callineurope.com
The phone is 19$, the prepaid Sim is 29$. Or you may simply rent a phone if you don't need a tri band one.
The calling rates are cheap, so this is a very good way to go.
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Have you called Verizon to see what they offer? We also use Verizon and when we ran into this situation a couple of years ago, they sent us an international phone for which we paid a deposit of $40 (which was credited back when we returned the phone). As I recall the usage rates were pretty reasonable.
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Hi rhy,

If it is intended only for emergency use while in Europe, look at the $49 phone at www.mobal.com.

You get to keep the phone and the number forever. No charges unless you use the phone.

Per minute rates are very high.

Otherwise, enter <cell phone> in the "search this forum" box.

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CIE1 has posted a slew of replies under the guise of "I found this service with the initials CIE.

poorly veiled marketing attempt. Don't feed the advertisers...
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