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Using a cell phone in Italy...how to call it from US?

Old Aug 26th, 2006, 02:55 PM
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Using a cell phone in Italy...how to call it from US?

Maybe it varies from phone to phone, but maybe someone has experience with this...

I am taking our departments international cell phone to Italy in a week. I am almost positive that the service provider is Cingular (that might help someone answer my question). People take this phone all over Europe and are able to dial back to the US by simply dialing 001, then the area code, then the #. The cell phone comes with a local area code and 7-digit number. My question is, when I'm in Italy with this phone, to dial it from the US would one have to first dial 00 39 then 1 + area code + local number? It seems strange that it would work by just dialing 1-area code- local number... but who knows! I'm already amazed that it works from various countries without needing a different card or service... Guess I'm easily amused.

We'll try by testing if we have to, but would be nice to have an idea in advance. Our admin (who gave me the phone) didn't seem to be too sure!!
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 03:28 PM
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No, your caller would dial as though you were still in the States (they don't need to know you are in Italy), simply the regular cellphone number without any prefixes.
When you dial out from Italy to US, you would normally put the international prefix +1 (for 001) followed by US area code and subscriber number, but many overseas roaming partners can still connect without your using international prefix.
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 03:36 PM
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I have a quad band phone and Cingular is my provider. Alec is absolutely correct.

When someone wants to call you from the US they simply dial the phone's usual AC and number. To call back to the US dial 001, the AC, and the number.

When you get to Europe and turn the phone on it will search for and be registered into the "local network."

On my particular phone (Motorola) the screen shows which network I am registered into in whichever locale I am.

When someone dials your phone from the US the entire network "knows" where you are registered at that moment and the call is routed via satellite to that phone.

It couldn't be simpler..no changing SIM cards, no unlocking, etc., and your department is paying for the services! Enjoy this perk.
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Old Aug 26th, 2006, 04:28 PM
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Wow, so easy! Thanks for the information!

Only 6 more days until we leave.. now if someone could just tell me how to get to sleep these next few nights when I'm so excited!
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Hi kello, where will you be in Italy? I sure understand your excitement!

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Old Aug 29th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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I'm sure you do, LoveItaly! We're going to Siena & Rome. I have a business conference in Siena from the 9/3 through 9/7, then it is off to Rome on 9/8 for a few days. I'm taking my mom with me! We'll be there during La Notte Bianca, so we're really looking forward to that!
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