reactivating Italian cell phone

Aug 19th, 2008, 06:42 PM
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reactivating Italian cell phone

I stayed in Italy for 4 months a few years back and bought a cell phone, using Vodafone for my minutes. I'm going back for a month and would like to simply take my old cell phone and reactivate it when I get there. Is there any reason this wouldn't be possible?
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Aug 19th, 2008, 07:15 PM
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I'm not positive about this, since mine is TIM, but I think you'll have to buy a new SIM card, which gives you a new phone number. Please, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Aug 20th, 2008, 02:45 AM
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As Susan said, you just go into vodafone and buy a new sim card which you can use in any phone you have with you. I did it a couple of months ago in Venice and have done it on every trip.
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Aug 20th, 2008, 03:27 AM
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I have a TIM phone I bought 5 years ago and just add minutes when I visit. So far, no problems.
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Aug 20th, 2008, 04:46 AM
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As other have said, it will, in all likelihood, be necessary to buy a new SIM card since they expire after a year if not used. My husband and I travel to Europe yearly, but usually alternate France and Italy, and are thus forced to get a new SIM card in each country for the trip. Make sure you also pick up an international "calling card" in a tabac store which will allow you very inexpensive calls outside Italy.
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Aug 25th, 2008, 08:03 PM
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yes you have to get a new SIm (a pain since then you don't have the same number) It's happened to me when I've forgotten to use my phone for over a year.

Another option for calling the US now is internet calling - some internet cafes will let you use VIOP - is that what it's called (?) (and webcam if you want) to call the US for .07/minute (that's what it is in my little town anyway)
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Aug 26th, 2008, 12:14 AM
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In the Netherlands now T-mobile, and I believe Vodafone, offer pay-as-you-go SIMs which are valid as long as there is time on them - there is no expiry time on them. Maybe they also offer something similar in Italy now?
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Aug 26th, 2008, 07:11 AM
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My SIM purchased in 2004 in Florence works without changing out as long as there are minutes left. It is a Wind phone.
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