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Using T-mobile in Italy

by qqqq88 / August 24, 2011 4:49 AM PDT

T-mobile phone is used in US. If some time is spent in Italy it says the international roaming rate is $1.29 a minute for Italy. Any way to make cheaper calls?

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Sure there is....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / August 24, 2011 7:00 AM PDT

If you unlock the phone, you can buy a prepaid SIM in Italy and pay the local rates. Even better, just buy a cheap prepaid phone while there with a SIM already installed and preloaded with minutes.

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by qqqq88 / August 28, 2011 1:56 AM PDT
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thanks for the reply. Do prepaid phones in Italy work via similar rates to the ones in the US (like Virgin, ATT gophone, Pageplus, etc.) ? I wonder if there is a prepaid phone that would allow one to keep current T-mobile #.

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by Pepe7 / August 29, 2011 4:57 AM PDT
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AFAIK you won't be able to port over your United States T-Mobile number to an Italian/European prepaid service provider. You could however see if Google Voice gives you any options, along with some other SIP/VoIP services associated with smartphones. My guess is though, that the mobile termination fees are the kicker.

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