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1. Posted by dangerthir (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was wondering if it would be wise for me to buy a phone card here in America first before I left for Europe as they may or may not work over there, or if I should just buy them over there, thanks


2. Posted by myo (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi !

I wouldn't buy one in America, since they don't always seem to work in Europe. An (American) friend of mine bought one in the States before going to Italy, and it didn't work at all, so she had to buy an Italian one anyway.

Phone cards aren't generally that expensive in Europe either, it depends on which card you buy and where you're calling from. I don't really know if there's one card you can use in all of Europe though.

My advice : buy a card with a code (not a chip), this way you can usually use it from a fixed phone, which is a lot cheaper than when you're calling from a public phone. You may meet some locals on your trip, and if you ask nicely, they probably let you use their phone to call from with the calling card. It doesn't cost them anything (or very little), and it's cheap for you too.

To give you an example : if you're in France, I'd advice to search for calling shops mostly runned by foreign people : they have great prices for international calls, mostly better than the cards the news paper stores sell. These news paper stores are better for national calling (inside of France eg.) though, so it's better to buy 2 cards : one for international calls, and one for national calls. I always ask the vendor for a card with good rates to Belgium (which is were I live) and they will help you out. The instructions on the card can be helpful too ;-).

In Belgium, the most popular card among international students is "XL calling card" (, which is intended for international calls. It's not possible to call with this card from outside Belgium though.

Hope this helped you out ! Have a nice trip to Europe, and don't worry about asking, Europeans are (generally ;-) ) kind to strangers in need.

3. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yep,myo gave ou the good answer,I can tell you by experience that phone cards work only in the country where you by them.
For the code card,be careful though when you buy it because most of them also don't work in another country.But it is quite easy once there to buy phone cards,don't wory like that!!!
Enjoy! ;)

4. Posted by Cbppc25 (Full Member 75 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

For calling the states, the best phone card I've found in France is the EuroLatina card. I get about 200-300 minutes for 7 euros. Look around for that one if you're in France. It's not a code card, so you can use it from any phone.

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