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Old May 6th, 2008, 12:08 PM
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We arrive in Brussels on May 28, then train on to Delft. Next is Paris on May 30 for 4 nights, then night train to Venice, Munich, Prague, and fly out of Frankfurt back to Texas. Kind of a scattered trip, but my sister's granddaughter is going for her first time. She is seventeen and so excited to see everything.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 10:35 AM
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Faster and easiest way is to buy an Italian SIM card on eBay. No hassle and you'll know your phone number before you leave and can use it right away upon arrival. Just search for "Italy or Italian SIM card" The major cell operator in Italy is TIM. So, I would suggest you get a TIM SIM card.

Usually, it just costs a a few $ more than buying it there. But, the convenience is worth it.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 11:50 AM
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A few $ more??????

A Tim sim card bought in Italy costs €10 with €5 worth of credit...

The ones I saw on ebay, once postage is factored in cost $46...

I didn't know the $/€ exchange rate had reached $4.60.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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Hey, Scatcat, please let me know how you got the 45 minutes and free from home to cell calls? I looked and found only the $49 phone + $20 credit and 30 minutes free incoming..nothing regarding no cost from the home end. In your 5.2.08 message you said something about an 866 number..please let me now ao I too may enjoy the thrill of sort-of inexpensive calls. Thank you in advance.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:25 PM
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If there is another fodorite who might have the answer to my above question of how do you get the from home to cell calls for free from Telestial..please write soon. I need to purchase the phone package and an additional sim card for our newly arrived .. from a friend Nokia 1100. Write soon..guidance required.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:39 PM
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Through Telestial you have to sign up for their return call service, it's free and you pay a low per minute rate predetermined by the country. You call an 800 number when you are abroad, enter the number you want to call in the US and hang up, then they call you back which is free on your SIM because incoming calls are free and the minute rate is very, very good. I think I paid 12 cents a minute a few years ago, it may be more now. I used the heck out of that service. Here's what stinks though. Last year, for some reason, it didn't work when we got there. Before we left they had given me a new 800 number to call when I updated my account with them. Every time I called it seemed to be working but when I hung up it never rang back. I was SO bummed out and ended up with a $240 phone bill through T-Mobile because I used my local SIM. So, when it works, it rocks, when it doesn't, you'll be cryin'!
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:42 PM
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Oh yeah, and DO NOT buy your SIM from Telestial or Ebay or anyone else, it's a total rip off. Go into a local wireless shop when you get into town, they are about 5 euros when you factor in the talk time credit. Telestial charges $50 for a sim with a 5 euro talk credit. Total and complete rip off. In fact the last time I was in Italy, I forgot my SIM and the TIM shop just gave me a used one for free and I charged it up.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 05:45 PM
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The free 866 number was a promotion at the time that I bought my phone. I tried to find it on the telestial website now, but I also can not find the $49 phone. I found a $39 Siemens phone. It is the same stock number as mine-A55, so they must have reduced the price and discontinued the free 45 minutes of calling. But if you use a 10-10 number, the calls are super cheap.
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Old May 12th, 2008, 07:56 PM
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Thank you for the fast response. I am able to find the $49 phone yet I still have yet to put it into the cart..I shall see if it is still available. I am hoping to get the package without a problem. We will purchase it tomorrow with some confidence. I am not one to be timid or apprehensive .. ah for the first time. I shall check back on Wednesday mid-day to fill you in as to the progress. You, the collective you are a wonderful support system. I might have some other pressing questions in the next few days as the departure date comes closer. Smiles and thank you
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Old May 13th, 2008, 07:20 AM
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Here's the info on the free call back service.

http://www.telestial.com/return_call_service.php
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Old May 13th, 2008, 11:24 AM
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I have now a receipt for the Pack Lite and passport plus sim card for the Nokia 1100. The total which includes tax and shipping is $117.84 We did the math and if we keep the calls to the essential ones, all will be safe. I am awaiting the arrival which is due Wednesday to then once again speak with the middle man at globalphone about the availability for "Passport" users to have access to the "free" from home call back (which costs approximately .14 or .16 per minute) or would I need to have the calling card which they know is applicable with the "passport" product. That card will work seamlessly with the sim cards and cost .16 per minute from Italy to Los Angeles to Italy. Ah technology. I am hoping for any of your tips for our 33rd anniversary extravaganza.
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Old May 13th, 2008, 12:18 PM
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Did your Nokia phone not come with a sim card? My $49 Siemens phone came equipped with the sim cad. All I had to pay extra was shipping.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 11:42 AM
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Yeah, it's about $20 or so more expensive to pre-buy one on eBay before you go. But, to be honest, it's worth $20 not to have to hassle with all the official paperwork and nonsense to get one in Italy when I'm on vacation. And, I like the convenience of knowing my number before I go as well as having a phone that works upon arrival. But, that's me.....
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Old May 14th, 2008, 12:10 PM
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The Telestial Siemens has a pre-assigned number before you leave the US also. It also came with a passport sim card.
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 07:51 AM
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I just emailed a cell phone rental company, Acetelcom, (www.acetlecom.com) about their cell phone plans in Italy. Of course, the website talks about how great they are, low rates, no hidden fees etc. Has anyone had a personal dealing w/ this company and their rentals?

Any info would be appreciated. We need a rental for 2 weeks in Ital this coming October, 2008!
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Old Jun 29th, 2008, 10:28 AM
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While it isn't a cell phone, when I was in Italy earlier this year, I purchased a pre-paid phone card from a Tobacco store. It was 5 or 10 euros and included an outrageous amount of minues (if memory serves, it was around 500). Needless to say, I never used the full amount during the week I was there. It worked by dialing a toll free number in Italy, much as a US calling card, then entering the access code. Toll free calls were free from my hotels, so it worked well and was extremely cheap. Hope that helps.
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