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Michele: That "+" before the number seems to getcha, everytime! CORRECTION to my earlier Post:Actually, Tony is correct -- I 'misspoke'
When I said they would 'only work in Ireland', what I MEANT was AT THE QUOTED RATES. While the phones WILL work throughout Europe, you would be Roaming on an Irish SIM at the prevailing rates.
With an UNLOCKED phone, you have the option of purchasing a Local SIM for whatever country you are in at the time ....
Hope this helps, rather than confuses ...
A 10 euro top up now gets Free Tesco to Tesco calls so if there are two parties going their seperate ways they can keep in touch for nothing if they both have Tesco sim's in their phones.
Meteor another of the good Irish providers have now scrapped roaming rates within Europe. This means that if you purchase an Irish sim from them you can use it throughout Europe at the same per minute cost without paying the extra loading.
Here's a link to Tesco Mobile.
A follow up to previous post about my cell phone questions. We did finally hear from 02 including getting an unlock code. Went to Ireland in March, and it worked. I was able to purchase a 10 Euro sim card from Tesco. They had a "double minutes" promotion on which was great....we had 4 people making calls back to the US and we talked a long time on 10 Euros. Did run down to 2 or 3 Euors, and then it wouldn't work until we did another 10 Euro top-up.
I think that if I notify Tesco within 6 months of the purcase of this sim card and every 6 months thereafter, I can keep the account active, thereby preserving my sim card and the remaining minutes for the next trip!
Was handy to have a cell phone....phone booth phones are getting as scarce as hen's teeth! and I think pre-paid phone cards are in a by-gone era. For what it is worth, I see on the net, that India just closed the last typewriter factory in the world!
I am currently in Ireland and as you can see below, I asked just this. Go to Tesco, buy a phone for 20 euro, get 10 euro credit and they will add 10 free. The rate for US is 2 cents a minute. I have used the phone to call home every day since May 6th and I still have 10 euro credit left on it. I am leaving it here with my Dubliner friend so that she can call me on it for 2 cents a minute! Great deal, great little phone, no worries.
That said, since I had an Irish number, my family was not able to call me, due to the plan they have. Worked out PERFECTLY.