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ThirdYearAbroad.com ThirdYearAbroad.com, Jun 10th 2015, 09:58 Verified Guru

Hiya,

Generally the cheapest way is to buy a pay-as-you-go SIM in your year abroad country/ies and keep your UK phone so that you can use all the apps etc when you have wifi.

Here are a couple of threads where students have discussed mobile phone providers in Italy.

We hope that helps!

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Hannah Roberts Hannah Roberts, Jun 28th 2015, 21:10

If you've already got a phone, get it unlocked before you leave and you can get a SIM card in your host country. Alternatively, 3 have abolished their roaming charges in both Italy and Switzerland so when I was in Italy I just got a rolling contract with them for about £7 a month and put the sim in my unlocked phone. You can use your phone just as you would at home, and you still get all the texts/data/calls. I thought this was a bit easier than getting an Italian PAYG one because you have to go into a shop to reload them every few weeks.

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