We need a cell phone for our 16 night stay in Greece. When we arrive we'll be staying near Monastiraki Square. Any idea how much it would cost?
Go to a Germnos, Cosmote, Vodafone or Wind store. You will be able to get a basic phone with simcard for around 20 euros. Just top it up with the amount you need as & when. Either keep the phone for another occasion or donate to someone else in need :)
Make sure you take your passport with you, the sim card has to be registered.
Yiassas, I was planning to add "international calling" to my AT&T phone here in the states and bringing me phone with me. Are you saying this can not be done or is not advisable?
I will leave the details of AT&T to other US posters as that means nothing to me!
I answered the above assuming they want it for use while here to mainly call Greek numbers (accommodations, bookings etc). If that's what you will be doing & your phone is suitable then just buy a sim card to use in it. If you will mostly be calling home then you need to weigh up the call costs on your contract against alternatives.
If you have an unlocked phone and plan to use it mostly for calls within Greece it will probably be cheaper to by a Greek SIM, as outlined by Yiassas above. Incoming calls are free, which is another advantage.
For calls back to the US check out Skype and FaceTime, the latter of which can be used on recent versions of iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and Mac computers. You can prearrange a time when both you and the person you are calling are at a wifi connection, and call for free. I have been using FaceTime for video calls to and from Africa, and it is really slick! :o)Edited: 16 December 2012, 15:29
Hey and welcome PlanetValentine:-) As Yiassas states, head to one of the stores she mentions and pick up a pay as you go;-) If you're looking to communicate witih folks in the States, text them your #.. no charges for incoming calls so they can call you.. I always text to the States and makes calls locally within Greece! FWIW, you can hold on to that phone and use it elsewhere within Europe! I've used mine (bought sim cards) in Switzerland and Poland.. so a good investment! Re AT&T, you need to contact them about int'l plans.. and cost! They can be pricey.. especially after adding on fees and taxes.. a pay as you go IMO is the way to go for simple communication.. nothing elaborate! Happy planning.. and EnjOY!
Much cheaper to just go to the Germanos and pick up a pay as you go phone- great for texting back to the States and for calling around Greece.
..that's where I got my phone.. and always loved the conveniene of 'filling up' right at the airport upon arrival in Athens at the end of the arrival's hall.. sadly, that closed! There are Germanos stores.. as well as all the others mentioned in Athens central that will fit the bill;-) Keep enjoyin' all!
For international calls you can buy socalled phonecards like CALL HOME, there are other brands as well. The cost is 5 Euro, 10 Euro, per card, and are sold in main kiosks near Syntagma square. You dial a mobile tel number, then give them the code in the card, then dial your number you wish to call.
I have used them in the past calling from my mobile phone to another mobile phone abroad, and it is cheap. Alternatively try any Western Union shop/office, they give you info or sell them as well.
For calls within Greece, buying a new SIM card is the best option.
> I got my phone.. and always loved the conveniene of 'filling up' right at the airport upon arrival in Athens at the end of the arrival's hall.. sadly, that closed! <
you can top up in any of the kiosks at the Airport or the city you don't need to go to a Germanos store,you can also top up at the ATM of ALPHA,PIREAUS & NATIONAL BANK (if you have an account w/ them)Edited: 17 December 2012, 17:03
Yes kitsos r.. it's what I eventually end up doing reagrdless since I do fill up more than once when there for a month;-) Just noting how convenient it was to get off plane..hit ATM.. then head over there and hand my phone over and have them load it up;-) Enjoyin'!