For starters, it is critical that you understand that just about all your cell phones should work in Italy. To be sure, confirm that your phone has support for GSM 1800 and GSM 900 frequencies; however, GSM Arena explains that Italy offers support for 3G and 4G cell phones as well.
What you should do is make sure that your service provider provides an international package; otherwise, making a call can be pretty expensive in Italy.
The next option – albeit more economical – is getting a local SIM card. This will give you an Italian number, which can make it cheaper for you to call an Italian number. You get charged at domestic rates and your American service provider has nothing to do with it.
The line can be useful in making restaurant reservations, finding out museum hours or if you are really enjoying on of Florence private tours, you can call the company and let them know you will be late.
Another option is to purchase an Italian cell phone. You can get cheap phones already loaded with credit. Using this option, you do not have to worry whether your cell phone is unlocked to use other cellphones. You also do not have to deal with the hassle of switching SIM cards.
What if you do not have a SIM card?
Calling an Italian Number from Your U.S. Cell Phone
Just start by dialing + and your cell phone will automatically replace the symbol with the international access code of the country you are trying to call. For Italy, the country code is 39. Add the rest of the phone number, including the first 0, and dial.
Calling Back Home from an Italian Cell Phone
If you have an Italian SIM card you can call home anytime you want. From a cell phone dial +. If you are using a landline, dial 00, which is Italy’s international access code. If calling the U.S., dial 1 or the international access code for any other country. Dial in the rest of the number.
If during your stay you run out of credit, simply walk into a tabaccaio, supermarket or ATM to top-up your Italian cell phone. Once you make your call the first time, it becomes pretty easy. However, if you have any questions about how to use your cell phone during your Italy vacation, do not hesitate to contact us. Contact Italy Luxury Tours at +1 (888)959 7108 for more information.