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1. Posted by grhi (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

We will be traveling in and around Italy for a few weeks and I wanted to see if I could get a cell phone. Does anyone know what would be the least expensive way of doing this while we are there:

1) Rent. (If so, how much does it cost and from whom?)

2) Buy. (If so, how much does it cost and from whom?)

3) Other. (e.g. - buy/rent a SIMM card. If so, what type of phone is required?)

Thanks, or should I say Grazie!!

2. Posted by ourisman (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

If you can get a used UNLOCKED GSM phone (the kind that Cingular uses), you can buy a pre-paid SIM card in Italy. That's the way I'd probably go. Then you can re-use the phone next time you're there... or sell it to the next traveller. (eBay or Craigs List are good sources)

David
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[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

3. Posted by NextMove (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

if you use a 3band cell phone you can buy a simcard (wind, tim, vodafone) or an usim card (h3g) and buying a prepaid 20+5 or 45+5 euros card

4. Posted by grhi (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Do you know what the bandwidth of the systems are in Italy? (Is this the same as the rest of Europe?)

I found one on e bay (#180008056696) and am wondering if this would work? It says it works on "TriBand GSM 850/1800/1900 Mhz"

Thanks!

5. Posted by NextMove (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

yes, you can use those cell phone

6. Posted by grhi (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Okay, I bought one.

Hopefully it arrives before we leave!

Thank you!

7. Posted by grhi (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I received the phone, so we should be set!

Where do they sell the SIM cards??

Thanks!!

8. Posted by NextMove (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

You can buy a sim card into telephony shops, everywhere in italy (markets, cell phone shops, etc..)

9. Posted by grhi (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Okay,

I'm here and everthing has worked out so far. I purchased a "TIM" card (www.tim.it) but now seem to be unable to figure out how to recharge (purchase additional airtime) this thing.

Ayone know how I can do this or if there is a number I can dial and speak to an operator in english?

Thanks!

10. Posted by NextMove (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

to recharge you can buy a "ricarica tim da 30/50/80/etc.. Euro" (30/50/80/etc Euro recharge) in a tobacco shop or phone shop

I'm enough sure you can't talk to an english operator