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Adjusting your mobile phone plan during your move is a vital step to stay connected. There are pre-paid plans and options should you want to retain your U.S. number.

Local Providers: Tim, Vodafone, WindTre, Ho, Iliad, Kena, VeryMobile

Note: Vodafone has a retail location located on NAS I:+39-095-56-4493

Google Voice

Google Voice will allow you to port your U.S. number for a fee so you can keep it. Then, you can use a local SIM card to have a local number and U.S. number simultaneously (with a dual-SIM phone.) Google Voice allows free calls to the U.S. using WiFi. If you don’t want to be limited to WiFi and haven’t gotten a local SIM yet, Google Fi is a paid phone plan that uses T-Mobile’s cell towers.

Starting either of these processes is much easier while still in the U.S.

Apps to communicate internationally for free

  • Skype

  • Facebook Messenger

  • WhatsApp

  • Facetime

  • Google Chat

Note: When you arrive, put your phone on airplane mode to avoid unexpected charges.

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Tamala Malerk is a writer and editor with Stars and Stripes Europe. She has been with SSE since April 2022 writing articles all about travel, lifestyle, community news, military life and more. In May 2022, she earned her Ph.D. in History and promises it is much more relevant to this job than one might think.

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