Cell Phone while in Italy

May 6th, 2012, 01:16 PM
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Cell Phone while in Italy

I have an iPhone from At&t. I am hearing that is will be difficult for me to switch out the sim card for this phone while I am in Italy for 10 days. Do you have another solution? I am not very tech savvy, so anything I can do to make this as easiest as possible would be appreciated.
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May 6th, 2012, 01:38 PM
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You could see if AT&T has an international package you can add to your plan for the duration of your trip.
I did that last year for my trip to Italy and it didn't cost much. Mind you I kept phone calls to a minimum and mostly used it for texting.
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May 6th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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I will look into that, thank you!
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May 6th, 2012, 02:01 PM
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Are you in a contract with AT&T with your iPhone? If not, AT&T will unlock your iPhone for you (this is a fairly recent policy change). Then you can buy a local SIM card in Italy and use the phone there with a local number. (You will need your passport to buy a SIM card there; I did it in 2009.)

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May 6th, 2012, 03:01 PM
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We were not able to do it last month in Florence, even after trying four outlets. Ireland and Paris were good, but not Florence.
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Jul 6th, 2012, 06:50 AM
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My iPad and pay-as-you-go (old) Motorola phone are both AT&T, but we were able to switch out the cards at TIM in Italy and purchase enough time for a full month on both devices for about $50 last fall. We did stop at a shop in Lucca and top-off the iPad's subscription after about 2.5 weeks, but it was low cost.

Stop in and AT&T shop or kiosk and ask well before you take off on your trip. Once there, TIM is one of the biggest telecoms in Italy, and we found the staff in both shops we visited (Rome and Lucca) were extremely helpful. There may be a trick to being able to access your "phonebook" because when you switch out the card, you will end up with an Italian phone number.
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