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Cell phone in Italy

Old Jan 30th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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Cell phone in Italy

I am interested in getting information on purchasing a sim card for my cell phone or actually purchasing a European phone for travel in Italy. Has anyone had experience with this?
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Old Jan 30th, 2011, 11:06 AM
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If you have an unlocked, quadband, GSM phone you can just buy a TIM sim in Italy.
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Old Jan 30th, 2011, 11:09 AM
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We own a couple of phones that we purchased in Italy. One cost 45Euro and the other 100E. They can be purchased at any TIM store or most large grocery stores have electronics and phones.
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Old Jan 30th, 2011, 11:28 AM
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I have been looking into getting a SIM card from Telestial. Seems like a good way to go for us. (We are going to 4 countries.) Haven't bought it yet, but it's worth looking into.
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Old Jan 30th, 2011, 01:20 PM
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We got one for use only in Italy at Telestial, I think it was, and it was quite inexpensive -- having a case of senioritis I can't remember the price. If you want to call out of Italy, or have friends with you who are using cell sim cards from other countries, you won't be able to call them, so you'd have to buy a more expensive card. We just found a cell phone store and bought one.
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Old Feb 1st, 2011, 01:46 AM
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Thanks, this is very helpful.
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Old Feb 1st, 2011, 02:17 AM
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The 3 network in Italy is offering a phone at 39 euros. If you combine that with their 3Power10 tariff - the best in Italy for rechargeable phones - together with their rechargeable data package you can navigate as well as use Skype which is built in to all their phones.
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 08:54 PM
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I have an old phone that I had unlocked 18 months ago before we went to France, but I never did get around to buying a SIM card for it. I kept it when I got my new phone. As the battery still holds a charge, it is a quad-band phone, and unlocked, I'm thinking that I can just buy a SIM card at the airport in Rome. Is this correct?
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 09:26 PM
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I would add that this phone is 3G, from AT &T, and I have gotten my codice fiscal, just to be on the safe side. Am I missing anything, or is it really that easy?
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 09:40 PM
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Bellarosa, If you have an unlocked quad band phone all you have to do is buy a TIM. I'm just not sure that there is a TIM store on the arrivals side of FCO, I know there is one in Termini and I usually go to one just off Piazza Navona, just not sure about FCO.
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Old Mar 10th, 2011, 11:01 PM
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Thanks, SAB. Our apartment is near the Piazza Navona, so the Termini won't be too far, if we do not see anything before then. It just sounds too easy, which will definitely be a jinx!
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