Ok, so I am going to Italy. I need to call my parents almost every day or they get scared, so I need a prepaid cell phone that I can call the US with and it will work it italy. Remember, I dont want it to cost a bundle to use in italy, to call people in italy, or to call people in the us. Also, my parents calling me shouldn't be too much. At the end of my trip, I shoud be able to toss it in the garbage, so there shouldn't be a bill and it shouldn't be an expensive phone. Remember, english setting please... I can speak italian, but not perfect. Where can I get this? About how much will it cost? How do I do it/ set it up?
Answer on I am going to be in Italy, and I need a prepaid cell phone that will call the US and will work in Italy?
The cheapest option for you would be to get the phone once you are in Italy. When you get to the airport, you will see some Cellular stores that can sell you a cheap phone and a SIM card. Almost all cell service in Italy works pre-paid, so you have no problem there.
To refill the SIM card in Italy, you can go to many bars and newsstands where they will refill it on the spot. You can also do it over the Internet, or by phone. It is really quite simple, and you don't need to speak Italian to do it.
The biggest providers in Italy are Vodafone and TIM. Both will work quite well, and are priced about the same.
As far as costs go, it is MUCH cheaper to go this route than it is to use a US plan with International roaming. This is also much cheaper than using one of the 'Overseas Cell Phone Rental' services.
Finally, all of the phones you will find there will have the ability to setup in English, since they are all pre-loaded with firmware for the major European markets.