My college student daughter will be studying for three months in Florence, and needs a cell phone to communicate with friends in Florence and also to call home in the U.S. We have Skype, so when she is connected to the internet with her laptop she will be able to do both for free. Her cell phone & plan here in the US (Verizon) is not appropriate for unlocking and taking to Europe, so the best option appears to be to purchase a cheap cell phone in Florence and buy a Sim card with pre-paid minutes, re-loading as necessary with pre-paid cards purchased at tabachi. Here are my questions:
1. Of the various services (TIM, Wind, Vodafone, etc) which has the best signal/coverage in Florence and the surrounding areas?
2. Where are their phone stores located in Florence?
3. Does anyone have advice as to the type of device she might purchase and what she should expect to pay for it?
4. At the conclusion of the three months, is there a used cell market amongst students so that she could re-sell it? Might she make her initial purchase there?
Thanks for your input.