iphone in italy?

Jun 25th, 2008, 09:59 AM
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iphone in italy?

Has anyone brought their iphone on their trip to italy? If yes, do I need to do anything special or program in advance? I'd like to use it to check in with relatives in the US and if necessary use the Internet for e-mail.

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Jun 25th, 2008, 10:22 AM
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Check out this thread...a year old, but very explicit info.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/6n2amt
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Jun 25th, 2008, 11:19 AM
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I wouldn't. Unless you get the phone unlocked and load a local SIM in it, the data charges for using the internet will ruin you. email, not so much - but SMS messages will probably be cheaper. I know they are on T-Mobile.

Skype on a wired laptop is a good alternative to wireless for yakking.
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Jun 25th, 2008, 12:57 PM
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I'm on T-Mobile, not AT&T, but even when I travel around Europe, I turn off the data services on my phone. At least on T-Mobile, every piece of data you send and receive (emails, texts, voicemails, Internet searches) costs money over and above your plan.

Check with AT&T... maybe they're more liberal, but I doubt it. Also, you might need to ask them to unlock your phone for use in Europe before you leave.

Have a great time!
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Jun 25th, 2008, 02:18 PM
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That hasn't been my experience using my T-Mobileweb unlimited internet subscription ($5.99) in Europe.

As long as the phone (a RAZR V3) is registered on a T-Mobile cell site, I don't get charged for data.
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Jun 26th, 2008, 06:36 AM
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I've used mine in Italy a few times. Here's a post where I've answered some of the same questions - http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=35107201
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Jun 26th, 2008, 01:52 PM
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I called T-Mobile before my trip and they warned me that I'd be charged a lot for data transmission (and it looks like others have had the same experience per MichaelT's very informative thread).

indovina - it sounds like the best thing you can do is call AT&T, tell them how'd you like to use the phone in Italy, and ask them for the least expensive solution. (and then post your results on this forum)
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Jun 29th, 2008, 01:30 PM
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http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2

We just returned from Italy earlier this month. Took our iPhone and did the posting above prior to trip. Works well. I made a "Cheat Sheet" and took it with me. If interested, let me know.
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Jul 1st, 2008, 09:02 AM
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I've used my T-Mobile Blackberry all over Europe for very little money. You just have to subscribe to their International data plan. It is prorated for the time you use it.
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Jul 1st, 2008, 10:15 AM
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Unlike Blackberry plans, there's no unlimited international data plan for the iphone. There's a 20MB and a 50MB plan that's good in 41 countries (vs over 140 countries for the BB plan).

And for AT&T users, the BB intl plan isn't prorated. It requires a 1 year commitment.
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Jul 1st, 2008, 06:18 PM
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My 14 yr old niece took her iPhone with her during our trip to Paris a week ago. Her dad texted her 3 days later ordering her to turn the damned thing off cause surfing the net on it had already cost him $7000. <stupid parent>
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Nov 3rd, 2008, 12:02 PM
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I know this is old, but if philip is around, I'd be interested in the cheat sheet...

Anyone else is free to respond too, I switched to the iphone and will be using in france later this month. Not using to chit chat other than the occasional making a dinner reservation and having contact with the husband when we go off and do separate things, we prefer to just text each other. I am just confused with the map application--am I using data when I look at a saved map?
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Nov 9th, 2008, 03:51 PM
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Cherrybomb

Cheatsheat came in handy. I updated after we returned. Our bill was a few hundred dollars ~ which is what we expected (and hoped).

Send me an email at [email protected] and I will be happy to send.
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