Apr 20, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
What do you travelers do for cell phone use in Europe? American here, who travels to Europe occasionally. Several years ago, I got a French cellphone (text and voice only) for use in Europe through an American company called Call-In-Europe. The advantage was that I kept the same French phone number, and was able to use the phone anywhere in Europe. Call-In-Europe charged a small quarterly amount to keep the phone registered with them, and a small per minute charge for actual calls in Europe. Just received an email from Call-In-Europe, stating that they were cancelling this program. So now I have a French cellphone, but no carrier to connect with. Would like to find some way of hooking up with a carrier, so that I can use this phone in Europe next month, without paying an arm and a leg in per minute charges. Is this possible? I could use my Verizon phone, except, that besides a $30 charge, Verizon would charge 99 cents per minute for every call. I found that I can buy a European SIM card for the French phone, for $30 for either a phone number in Eastern Europe or a service where you cannot make direct calls, but have to dial a number, which then dials you back after a connection is made (back in 1953 all over again?). OR, for $60, for a Western European number, where calls are 69 cents per minute. It all seems much more complicated than in South Africa, where I used the phone and bought a SIM card for a very small amount, and where calls were very cheap, or in Australia where I just rented a cell phone. Can’t rent a phone on this trip, since I am arriving in Frankfurt and leaving from Paris. In the USA, we have companies that sell cheap “prepaid” cell phones (popularized by the Sopranos and the New Jersey mafia). Are these available in Europe?