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Least expensive way to call Italy from US - Dial around #s still around?

Least expensive way to call Italy from US - Dial around #s still around?

Feb 20th, 2014, 08:44 PM
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I have MagicJack Plus at home. With my MagicJack and an old telephone handset plugged into a laptop on WiFi, you can call worldwide for free.

My T Mobile plan has unlimited texting, unlimited data and unlimited U.S. voice--and 20 cent per minute voice in other countries. And there is no contract to get on it. It requires a AT&T unlocked GSM phone and a $39 Sims card to get on their $50 monthly plan.
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Feb 21st, 2014, 06:30 AM
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I signed up skype at $2.10 for a month, which is good for 60 minutes for the month, for landlines and mobile phones.

Called worked well and I made my first set of reservations in under 10 minutes.

The only thing is that one needs to remember to cancel skype, because it will auto bill each month.

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Feb 21st, 2014, 06:32 AM
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"it will auto bill each month."

Unless things have changed (always possible) that depends entirely on what you sign up for. It doesn't bill me monthly.
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Feb 21st, 2014, 06:51 AM
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The one I signed up for is auto bill; if you do the "pay as you go" it doesn't auto bill.
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Feb 21st, 2014, 07:15 AM
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Thanks for the update DebitNM!
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Feb 21st, 2014, 07:18 AM
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If you have a very slow hotel wifi connection in Italy, your next best option is to use the hotel phone with an international calling card. These are sold everywhere, at tobacco shops, newsstands, and bars. I used to use the Sisal Edicard before I got Skype. The costs are similar, but Skype is much more convenient. The Edicard is sold wherever SuperEnaLotto tickets are sold. You usually see the sign on the door of the bar or tobacco shop. (Newsstands are less likely to sell this particular card, but they have other similar ones.)

You can buy the cards in denominations as low as €5. You should get one that's specifically for calling the US (which in the world of Italian calling cards includes Canada). Many cards are specific to "Europe and the USA". The number of minutes you get for €5 depends on the type of phone you're calling from and whether you call the toll-free number or a local phone number to initiate the call; the numbers to call are printed on the card. The most cost-efficient combination is to call a toll-free number from a land-line phone. After dialing the number, you get a choice of language, and then you enter the PIN printed on the card, and then the number you want to dial.

Italian law prohibits hotels from charging more for calls than they pay themselves, so calls to toll-free numbers should be free.

I have a Skype plan that "refills" my credit if it dips below €3, but since there is no charge for anything except calls I make, and since the credit has no expiration date, it would never bill me if I weren't making calls. I don't think a subscription plan makes much sense if you're going to use Skype only for a short period.
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Feb 21st, 2014, 07:28 AM
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It was the least expensive way to make calls to cell phones AND land lines. I will keep it for 2 months and then cancel the auto bill feature. Cost should be under $7 for the entire time.
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