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    I have a Cingular '650 that I will get unlocked before travelling. Will be in France for one week, Italy for one week. New to the game, so basic questions:

    1. My important biz emails are forwarded to another POP3 I own, which is what Snappermail accesses now. Will I be able to get my email from there?

    2. Where may I purchase chips, cost, cost per minute, etc.

    Never had a GSM phone before, so all hints greatly appreciated.
    Mike Caldwell
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    Hi Mike,

    I'm not sure who you should use in Italy, but in France you can buy an Orange Mobicarte which is a "Pay As You Go" (PAYG) SIM card with GPRS support, so you will be able to use your Treo to get your POP3 email as well as make and receive calls at local rates. This SIM will also work in Italy if you give them your credit card to auto debit from, but will cost you a lot more than getting a PAYG card in Italy.

    To get the Orange Mobicarte, just go into any France Telecom, Orange, Phone House or Fnac store and they can set you up pretty much instantaneously.


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    Hi Mike,

    I just found this, which may help you further:

    For information regarding Italian prepay, go here:

    Make sure you read the bottom of that page about how to get hold of something called the Codice Fiscale, which you will need to get an Italian PAYG card.

    For information on the cost of the Orange Mobicarte, go here:

    Don't bother with the Orange France website... It's been carefully designed to confuse!


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    I just got back from 11 days in Italy (Venice, Ravenna, Pisa, San Remo), where I relied heavily on my Treo 600 (unlocked international model, with T-Mo service in the US) for e-mail and data. At all times, I had good voice service available from TIM, Wind and Vodaphone, with Vodaphone typically the strongest. However, I could NEVER get a GPRS connection on Vodaphone, whereas I almost always had GPRS service on TIM, and usually on Wind. Maybe your experience with the 650 would be different, but if data is important to you, investing in a Vodaphone prepaid is money out the window.
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    You can also buy a prepaid sim card for use with your unlocked gsm phone while you are here in US:
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    Thanks to all. These plus some Google time, and I think I'm ready to go. When I return in mid-October I'll report my experience.
    Mike Caldwell

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