Heading to Italy in July

jaw2k9

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Have 3 phones on an ATT family plan - what to do? Trying to not break the bank over a phone - but momma is a worrywart.

Thanks!
 

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Buy eBay IMEI unlocks (they cost about $5 each) and get prepaid SIMs when you get to Italy. This will save you quite a bit of money. The unlocks are only legal if the phones were purchased prior to January 26th 2013. I went through Unlock_Fusion.
 

jaw2k9

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Thanks will give that a very strong look. This will allow them to function only locally - in country so to speak? Or would people from the US be able to call/text whatever - and the cost won't give the wallet a blowout?

What do you think about turning on an international accout via ATT, and turning it off as soon as we land back in the states? - in other words only on for 10 days or 11?
 

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It's equivalent to a permanent factory unlock. It will work on any worldwide GSM network.

You'll get a temporary number. It will be long distance for people to call from the U.S.

This will be cheaper than roaming on an Italian network through AT&T.
 

jaw2k9

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Excellent - and any issues with texts - traveling with 2 teen age girls!
 

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There are also pre-paid phones available in international airports so when you get to Italy you could pick up a couple as you get off the plane. You can't swing a dead cat around most airports without hitting a kiosk that sells 'em.
 

jaw2k9

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Thanks - another great idea - and like the CSI shows disposable - it's funny, disposable phones a huge industry!

If we go this route, could still do WIFI in country with the ATT iPhones yes?
 

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Europa is right, have your phone unlock and it will save you a bit of money.
 
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Unlocking your phone is expensive right? But yeah that's really a gooooood idea :) I think there are also some forums that will teach you how to unlock it.
 

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Unlocking your phone is expensive right? But yeah that's really a gooooood idea :) I think there are also some forums that will teach you how to unlock it.
No. It costs less than five bucks for a permanent unlock.
 

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I am in the same boat.. sort of. My 4S is unlocked... accident care of AT&T :). Last October I went to the UK and bought a local Sim card. It was fine for what I wanted it for but it is a pain in the butt because you have to tell everyone your new number. They also gave me a temporary US number to use. Fast forward.... I am going to Italy for 2 weeks with hubby... he works, I get to play. Now I am in a quandary because I really only want a phone to connect up with him and he has a US phone number. Getting a local Sim and calling a US number may not be worth the effort and it may turn out to be more costly. I have seriously been considering just getting an International Plan from AT&T to use for the once a day calls or text messages. Unless it is an emergency, no one else is going to call me and I can use Skype to contact them when wifi is available.
Any thoughts?
 

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buy cheapest unlocked phone when you arrive in italy buy a sim for your phone.
 
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I am in the same boat.. sort of. My 4S is unlocked... accident care of AT&T :). Last October I went to the UK and bought a local Sim card. It was fine for what I wanted it for but it is a pain in the butt because you have to tell everyone your new number. They also gave me a temporary US number to use. Fast forward.... I am going to Italy for 2 weeks with hubby... he works, I get to play. Now I am in a quandary because I really only want a phone to connect up with him and he has a US phone number. Getting a local Sim and calling a US number may not be worth the effort and it may turn out to be more costly. I have seriously been considering just getting an International Plan from AT&T to use for the once a day calls or text messages. Unless it is an emergency, no one else is going to call me and I can use Skype to contact them when wifi is available.
Any thoughts?
We can unlock your phone
 

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