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!!
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)
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
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
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"
yes, you can use those cell phone
Okay, I bought one.
Hopefully it arrives before we leave!
I received the phone, so we should be set!
Where do they sell the SIM cards??
You can buy a sim card into telephony shops, everywhere in italy (markets, cell phone shops, etc..)
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?
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