I am going to Italy next month and I am assuming that, with the correct Italian SIM, the phones that I purchased in France 2 years will work for me in Italy as well. I have an LG (GB108) and a Samsung(E1080i), both purchased new in reputable cell phone stores and used for the two weeks that I spent there.
I would also like to know (assuming my plan will work) if I should wait to arrive in Italy before I purchase the SIM or if I would get a better deal online.
Lastly, as I said, I used the phones for two weeks and stuck them away for my next European trip. I am reluctant to charge them here (and I'd have to purchase an AC adaptor for euro plugs anyway). The battery appears good. No leakage or signs of corrosion. Can I assume the phones will charge when I get to Italy? Is it safe to try to charge them if I can get my hands on a simple plug adaptor or would I have to use something more like a converter (which I don't plan to buy as then I might as well wait and buy a new phone in Italy).