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Cell phone in Italy?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Dean, May 7, 2006.

  1. Dean

    Dean Guest

    I guess I'm kind of "sneaking in an off-topic" because I'm familiar with a
    number of you here.

    Two family members will be traveling to Italy later this year, and they'd
    like to have TWO cell phones that will work there, mainly for them to call
    each other, both within Italy. Ability or economy of calling to the US is
    not a big issue.

    Both of them are VZW customers here. Is anyone familiar with this kind of
    situation, and (I'm guessing not) does VZW offer any options for service
    there?

    If not, and bearing in mind they will need the phones for only two weeks,
    what are your suggestions? I have a source for US-based GSM phones
    (Cingular, I believe)---what-spec GSM phones work in Italy? ....And what
    type of SIMs will they need?

    Thanks.

    Dean
     



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  2. Slick

    Slick Guest

    You need a GSM phone that has 900/1800 mHz coverage. You can get an
    unlocked phone on eBay pretty cheap that will work with a prepaid SIM card.
    You can have an Italian number while there. Look at this web site for info
    on a prepaid Italian SIM cards: http://www.tim.it/eng/

    Incoming calls are free. You can call forward your Verizon wireless phone
    to the Italian number so it is transparaent for those calling you from the
    US, but check the rates for international calls on the Vzw site applicable
    for your plan.

    I think this is a better deal than the Verizon international plans if you
    compare the prices. You have to get another phone (on the Vzw Int'l plan),
    as your Vzw CDMA phone will not work in Europe.

    "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:E%p7g.146$U25.2@trndny09...
    >I guess I'm kind of "sneaking in an off-topic" because I'm familiar with a
    >number of you here.
    >
    > Two family members will be traveling to Italy later this year, and they'd
    > like to have TWO cell phones that will work there, mainly for them to call
    > each other, both within Italy. Ability or economy of calling to the US is
    > not a big issue.
    >
    > Both of them are VZW customers here. Is anyone familiar with this kind of
    > situation, and (I'm guessing not) does VZW offer any options for service
    > there?
    >
    > If not, and bearing in mind they will need the phones for only two weeks,
    > what are your suggestions? I have a source for US-based GSM phones
    > (Cingular, I believe)---what-spec GSM phones work in Italy? ....And what
    > type of SIMs will they need?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Dean
    >
     
  3. Win Grant

    Win Grant Guest

    I was in Italy last month. I bought an unlocked GSM phone here. Lots of
    dealers have them. Lots on ebay too, but watch out for crazy shipping rates
    from some of the ebayers.

    Bought a TIM SIM card from
    http://www.telestial.com/view_product.php?PRODUCT_ID=LSIM-IT01. I went
    through all the steps with Telestial to register the card before I left the
    U.S., but when I got to Rome, the card was not activated. I went to a TIM
    store. They had all my registration info in the computer, but had to enter
    a few things in the computer and the phone. It was working fine 10 minutes
    later. Just a hassle, but once working, it was very handy.

    Incoming calls to mobile phones in Europe generally don't use any minutes,
    just the outgoing calls do. And mobile to mobile on the same carrier are
    pretty cheap.

    You can add more minutes to the prepaid SIMs easily, but even if you run
    your card to zero, it will still receive calls.

    Be sure that if someone from the US is going to be calling they get an
    international calling plan. VZW offers one for $4.00/month. With that plan
    calls to Europe are about 20 cents per minute vs. $2.00/ minute without the
    calling plan. You can cancel the calling plan when you return. Will likely
    pay for itself with one call.




    "Slick" <slick_willy_@EatSpam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:Vhw7g.4029$k%2.51@trnddc03...
    > You need a GSM phone that has 900/1800 mHz coverage. You can get an
    > unlocked phone on eBay pretty cheap that will work with a prepaid SIM
    > card. You can have an Italian number while there. Look at this web site
    > for info on a prepaid Italian SIM cards: http://www.tim.it/eng/
    >
    > Incoming calls are free. You can call forward your Verizon wireless phone
    > to the Italian number so it is transparaent for those calling you from the
    > US, but check the rates for international calls on the Vzw site applicable
    > for your plan.
    >
    > I think this is a better deal than the Verizon international plans if you
    > compare the prices. You have to get another phone (on the Vzw Int'l
    > plan), as your Vzw CDMA phone will not work in Europe.
    >
    > "Dean" <dean173@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:E%p7g.146$U25.2@trndny09...
    >>I guess I'm kind of "sneaking in an off-topic" because I'm familiar with a
    >>number of you here.
    >>
    >> Two family members will be traveling to Italy later this year, and they'd
    >> like to have TWO cell phones that will work there, mainly for them to
    >> call each other, both within Italy. Ability or economy of calling to the
    >> US is not a big issue.
    >>
    >> Both of them are VZW customers here. Is anyone familiar with this kind of
    >> situation, and (I'm guessing not) does VZW offer any options for service
    >> there?
    >>
    >> If not, and bearing in mind they will need the phones for only two weeks,
    >> what are your suggestions? I have a source for US-based GSM phones
    >> (Cingular, I believe)---what-spec GSM phones work in Italy? ....And what
    >> type of SIMs will they need?
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>
    >> Dean
    >>

    >
    >
     
  4. Win Grant wrote:

    > Be sure that if someone from the US is going to be calling they get an
    > international calling plan. VZW offers one for $4.00/month. With that plan
    > calls to Europe are about 20 cents per minute vs. $2.00/ minute without the
    > calling plan. You can cancel the calling plan when you return. Will likely
    > pay for itself with one call.


    Thanks for the info. I'm also going to Italy next month. Do you know
    if the VZW international plan imposes a surcharge for calling European
    mobiles? Often the rates to call international mobiles are much higher
    than rates to call international landlines. The rate page for the VZW
    "International Value Plan" doesn't mention anything about a mobile
    surcharge but I'm wary of the possibility for unpleasant surprises.


    --
    Stop taking yourself so seriously. Humans share 88 percent of their
    genes with rodents.
     
  5. Win Grant

    Win Grant Guest

    You are correct that in Europe, the caller often pays a surcharge to call a
    mobile phone, but from looking at my VZW bill, I was only charged the normal
    20 cents per minute for my kids (using their VZW phones with the
    international calling plan) to call my mobile phone in Italy.

    I think it was actually cheaper for them to call me from the US than for
    someone in Italy to call my cell.

    So to answer your question, I don't think VZW imposes a surcharge to call a
    foreign mobile phone.




    "Raymond Arritt" <raymondarritt@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:p6V7g.964087$xm3.297336@attbi_s21...
    > Win Grant wrote:
    >
    >> Be sure that if someone from the US is going to be calling they get an
    >> international calling plan. VZW offers one for $4.00/month. With that
    >> plan
    >> calls to Europe are about 20 cents per minute vs. $2.00/ minute without
    >> the
    >> calling plan. You can cancel the calling plan when you return. Will
    >> likely
    >> pay for itself with one call.

    >
    > Thanks for the info. I'm also going to Italy next month. Do you know
    > if the VZW international plan imposes a surcharge for calling European
    > mobiles? Often the rates to call international mobiles are much higher
    > than rates to call international landlines. The rate page for the VZW
    > "International Value Plan" doesn't mention anything about a mobile
    > surcharge but I'm wary of the possibility for unpleasant surprises.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Stop taking yourself so seriously. Humans share 88 percent of their
    > genes with rodents.
     

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