Cell Phone in Italy and France

Jun 9th, 2014, 09:24 AM
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Cell Phone in Italy and France

When I visited London I bought an inexpensive cell phone for my stay. Is that easy to do near airport in Rome for Amalfi coast stay and also in Paris? That seems to be the most reasonable way to go.
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Jun 9th, 2014, 09:32 AM
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You could bring your inexpensive phone that you bought in London and then just buy a SIM card when you are in Italy and Paris. There is a store in Positano that sells SIMs and phones.
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Jun 9th, 2014, 01:32 PM
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I do not have it. Is there a store at Rome airport to buy or rent an inexpensive phone?
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Jun 10th, 2014, 07:37 AM
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There is no phone store in Fiumicino airport that is accessible to international arrivals. There are kiosks selling "international" SIM cards (which are not Italian) at outrageous prices and with problematic service. Avoid these kiosks like the plague.

Where exactly are you going in the Amalfi Coast and how are you getting there? I'm sure we can help you find a phone store along the way. I would suggest getting a TIM or Vodafone SIM card. TIM has a new plan specifically for tourists, but whether it would be good for you would depend on how long you'd be in Italy, how long you'd be in France, and what kind of use you'd be making of the phone.

These days, a SIM card bought in one European country can be used in other European countries without incurring outrageous roaming charges.

As for the phone itself, I think it's better to buy it before you leave home. If you search on Amazon or EBay for an "unlocked quadband GSM phone", you'll see various models under $30.
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Jun 10th, 2014, 08:12 AM
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Just go on Amazon or e-bay and buy a cheap unlocked quad-band dual (or tri)-SIM phone (mine cost $26). Order a free Lebara SIM for France online (www.lebara.fr), then top it up once you get there. Once you get to Italy, buy a TIM SIM card. The phone will automatically switch from Lebara to TIM. You'll just need to activate the phones once you're on the ground.
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Jun 10th, 2014, 08:42 AM
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When you get to Positano, there is an electronics/phone store across from Bar Internationale, near the Chiesa Nuova stop at the top of the village, where you can purchase both a phone and a SIM (which I had to do last year when my iPhone didn't work upon arrival).
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Jun 10th, 2014, 10:18 AM
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From the original post I got the impression that the trip was first to Italy and then to France.
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Jun 11th, 2014, 04:02 PM
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Arriving in Rome and going to Capri. Was hoping to buy a phone when I arrive Thanks so much.
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Jun 12th, 2014, 05:24 AM
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Bookmarking for future info.
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