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Cell phone use in Switzerland and Italy - SIM card?

reajackson

10+ Posts
Howdy:
So.....I want to take my iPhone (I phone 10) to Switzerland and Italy in Sept. I will be there a month.

I just today went to the AT&T store (my carrier) and got some rather vague answers to my questions about phone use in Switzerland and Italy. The only clear answers I got were the following:
a) Will cost me 10.00 US a day to use my phone as is via At&T but it must be unlocked upon arrival in Europe.
b) There are plans in Switzerland / Italy where I would need to get a SIM card for the phone

Given the vague info, I am not sure of the best plan available in those two countries
Years ago I had to get a separate SIM card for a Nokia phone I had back I the day - I suspect the same would be true for use in Switzerland and Italy today?

What I am looking for is an economical way to use my phone to text, call back to the States and use for google maps etc.

Thoughts on the best way to go that is economical without alot of gymnastics to use my current phone?

Thanks in advance.
Rea Jackson
Denver area
 

Andrew

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My understanding (although I don't see much current discussion of the topic) is that for $10 a day you can use your phone as if at home and it can stay locked to AT&T. If you can unlock your phone you can get a plan and use a SIM card from a local provider. I've bookmarked this Fandom page on services in Italy, including some that allow roaming in other countries without surcharges. Since you list Switzerland first, if that's where you're going first you'd need to get a plan offered there, so here is that country's Fandom page.

If you stay with AT&T and their $10 plan, as I understand but may not have it right, if you're in a place with Wi-Fi you can stay in airplane mode, not pay the $10 for that day, and use services including Wi-Fi voice calling. You could choose to go off airplane mode and owe the $10 only on days when you need to use services while away from Wi-Fi. You can also use Google Voice where phone calls cost pennies, although something needs to be done in Settings to get the calls to work at the low cost.
 

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