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monicapileggi May 8th, 2006 09:02 AM

International Phone Card

I wanted to check here with you all to find about calling home from Italy (I head out Wednesday!). I've done a little research on fodors, but wanted to make sure from my readings that a phone card from a tobacco shop is probably the best price, correct?

I don't want to mess with a cell phone.


Monica ((F))

jay May 8th, 2006 09:13 AM

Why not buy a international phone card at costco or Sam's club? They are very cheap and you can use them anywhere.

Margaretlb May 8th, 2006 09:23 AM

The international phone card can be bought at a tabac for E5 and has almost an hour of calling time. Just ask for a card for the US. When you call the toll free number, you get a recording in English so it's very easy to use.

kayd May 8th, 2006 09:58 AM

The 5-Euro Eurodirect phone card, at a tabac in Italy, will give 240 minutes (yes, three hours) call time to Northe America.

monicapileggi May 8th, 2006 10:07 AM

Do these cards allow calls within Italy or just to the USA?



kayd May 8th, 2006 10:59 AM

Oops, the card I used in Rome was Europa (Eurodirect was the one I had in Spain) and it is good for calls within Europe as well as to North Amnerica. There's a picture of the card on this slowtrav page:

monicapileggi May 8th, 2006 11:28 AM

Thanks for the clarification!

Monica ((F))

jaclynpoulson May 8th, 2006 12:30 PM

The Europa is the one I buy each time too. You can use it to call within Italy also - I think that actually costs more than calling back to the US, but it's still very inexpensive. By far the best way to go, IMO.

monicapileggi May 9th, 2006 04:02 AM

Well, I'm going to get the Europa card. I assume there are different choices to buy at a tobacco shop?

Thanks again for everyone's comments. I head out tomorrow!

Monica ((F))

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