Italy phone and data plans

Old Jun 16th, 2014, 05:10 AM
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Italy phone and data plans

Sorry for bringing this up but, things change so quickly in this realm. Leaving US for 2 weeks in Italy in July. 3 generations of mobile device users. Will use wifi systems as much as possible for calls and texts back to and from US.

Recommendations for best (ie least expensive/best service) for calls/texts if wifi not available? My phone at least is Galaxy 3 Unlocked.

Thank you in advanced for any suggestions.
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Old Jun 16th, 2014, 07:18 AM
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What is your usage? Also, who is your carrier? If you have T-Mobile Simple Choice plan, you can data roam and text free in Italy using the T-Mobile U.S. SIM with 0.20/min voice.
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Old Jun 16th, 2014, 09:25 AM
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ATT is carrier. My experience is even when sign up for their International plan it gets pretty pricy.

Usage is moderate but would like to text a decent amount.

Thank you for thoughts/help
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Old Jun 16th, 2014, 10:14 AM
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If the phone is unlocked go to the TIM store. We were just there at the beginning of May and I got the tourist offer (it is still on the website) => 200 minutes for Italy and abroad calls and 2gb of internet (this did include texting too). I think I paid €30 with taxes. We were in Italy for 12 days and I had no problems. Not sure what AT&T charge for roaming but I know that Verizon isn't cheap and this was easy.
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How many SIM cards are you talking about? There may be a scaling issue with time. I have had one issued in 5 min/card as well as 20 min/card after waiting in line at a TIM store. It depends on how familiar the sales person with packages suitable for short term tourists as well as whether you hit the store during a busy time.

I like the TIM store on the secure side (and only in the secure side) of the FCO for Skyteam flights, but it looks like you are in a hurry to change your flight there. The FCO TIM staffs are very familiar with packages suitable for short term visitors.
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Old Jun 17th, 2014, 05:04 AM
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Thank you. We will be flying in and out of MXP/Milan. TIMS stores there?
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