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Cells phones in Italy - Does this sound right?

Cells phones in Italy - Does this sound right?

Sep 27th, 2009, 06:33 PM
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A fellow traveler in Paris said ATT told him his phone would work in Paris..It did NOT--I donot know the details of his sutuation..
So be careful what you get..
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Sep 28th, 2009, 12:24 PM
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This all sounds too expensive for our needs. We've survived 5 European trips together without phones, so I think we'll skip it this year and just make sure we get GSM phones when we are eligible for new phones. This thread has been very informative and I appreciate all the responses.
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Sep 28th, 2009, 12:28 PM
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I agree - the possibility of managing without cell phones needs considering more fully. We all got back perfectly well without cellphones until very recently! We have the good fortune to go on many trip to Europe due to work and family in England (my older daughter who is 13 took her 14th trip to Europe this summer) and we have NEVER had cell phones and we've managed perfectly well. It's not essential and it can be expensive. If you're on a budget (as we away), forgot the phones and save that money for some treat on your trip.
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Sep 28th, 2009, 01:08 PM
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Agreed...but then again we used to go to Europe on prop planes with a stop in Gander Nfd....so jets are unnecessary. We used to go to Europe carrying hundreded of dollars in TC's. So ATM cards and credit cards are not necessary. We used to not be able to access the internet to pay bills or check e-mail or whatever so the internet is unnecessary. I got it, we can use carrier pigeons in case we have to get in touch with somebody at home or do what we used to do and pay $5 or %6 a minute to call home....

I don't mean to be sarcastic, I really don't, but time and technology march on and being able to be reached by the folks at home, just in case, is reason enough to have a cell phone. Let me ask everybody out there a question no matter how you feel about modern technology. Would you let your child set food in a car without a cell phone today? Can you imagine a car breaking down and having to look for a public phone in some strange neighborhood to summon help. The fact is that today, in Europe as well as in North America, every 10 year old kid walks around with a cell phone. Result...public phones are becoming scarcer and scarcer or trying to learn how to use a public phone where some take token or you need a ld card can be brutal. In all due respect to anybody who disagrees, in a modern 21st century world, having a cell phone is far from a luxury and close (not quite admitedly) to being a necessity despite the fact that for years we got along without.

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Sep 28th, 2009, 01:45 PM
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I'm leaving for Italy in a few weeks and just received the following information from Verizon Global Travel Program. For $9.99 shipping and handling (both directions), I will receive a loaner phone, using my same US cell number (which is a great feature for me. The international rates are either $1.49/minute or $1.74/minute, depending on whether it is landline or mobile terminating and $.25 to send text and $.20 to receive text. There is no daily rate - only for usage. There is no insurance available so if you lose the phone it's $199 charged to you. There is also a plan whereby you pay a minimal daily charge, (about $.20/day) and the rate for minute of voice is less, about $.99. You have to return the phone within 30 days of placing the order, so you have to figure out when to do this based upon when you're returning. This sounds like a great deal to me and I plan to use it.

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Oct 1st, 2009, 04:04 AM
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We decided that Verizon's International plan was too expensive for our needs. We only need one phone to keep in touch with friends who are traveling with us part of the time. We ended up buying a Moto V195 quad band unlocked phone on ebay for $19 + $7.95 shipping. Then we can just buy a SIM card in Rome. Hope it works! Thanks for all the great advice!!! I always find answers on Fodors!
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Oct 1st, 2009, 04:49 AM
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Don't worry...it'll work....do remember to ask the clerk when you buy the sim card to work with you to set up voice mail and the phone prompts to English...I recommend TIM.
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Oct 1st, 2009, 07:25 AM
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Kathy, let us know how it works out for you!
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Oct 1st, 2009, 03:37 PM
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That's a good price on the V195. Tmobile used to carry them for a while for around that price. I bought 3 as backups. Very solid basic quadband phonbe. I have used mine from the Carribean, Europe, and Africa without any issues. You may need to get an European adapter for the phone if you do not already have one.
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