Mobal phone for Tuscany?

Apr 7th, 2006, 04:25 AM
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Does anyone know if Alltel has anything that will work in Italy? Thanks, j
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Apr 7th, 2006, 05:27 AM
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Alltel uses CDMA technology. The main service providers in Italy, TIM, Vodafone and Wind are all TDMA technology. I think that Wind may have some CDMA2000 capability but I really don't know much about that.

Quick answer is "No, it won't work in Italy"

I could be proved wrong if Alltel and Wind are on the same page with CDMA2000. I suspect the coverage in Italy would be less than the other systems.

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Jun 26th, 2006, 12:35 PM
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I was given a WIND phone by a friend. I don't know how old it is - probably several years old. It is heavy, if that's any clue. Going to Italy in July. We'll be roaming around Tuscanny, and will want to make calls to our daughters, who will be roaming around Ireland. Should I chance it, or should I replace the phone?
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Jun 26th, 2006, 12:57 PM
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Just got back from Italy three weeks ago and used new mobal phone with no problems. Like the phone so much that we are giving up our very expensive phone in our second home in Portugal where we spend 3 week vacations. We get billed a high amount just for the line.
With the mobal phone, family in the states can reach us and we can make calls to them. We just don't use the phone for long chats.
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Jun 26th, 2006, 01:23 PM
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ira, I too have used phone cards ALL over Italy, from the largest cities to the smallest towns and have NEVER been charged by a hotel for using the phone for such a call.
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Jun 26th, 2006, 01:35 PM
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I have read over and over the "far cheaper" arguments. And went with Mobal. I used it last year on a Girl Scout trip since I had to have the phone number in advance to give to the parents. Total charges for three weeks $60! (And remember I was traveling with 10 teens so there were a few crisis calls to the US LOL!)

I have used it since then and will use it in France next week. For me it's just easier to have the number in advance and have the phone work everywhere easily as opposed to spending my vacation time looking at phone deals.

I have made about three phone calls to the US total in my international travels (excluding Girl Scout trips where all bets are off or work trips where someone else paid!) I just don't think the savings of buying there are worth the hassle.
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