Italy’s public phones, given a futuristic look by designer George Sowden, are inviting but largely unused, and already disappearing. The sleek line of Telecom Italia phones, designed by Ferraricrafter Sergio Pininfarina, now sit like dinosaurs in the office. In general, cell phone rates are low enough that few people bother to make calls from a public phone, and some don’t even bother getting a landline these days, though in both cases they’re spending more than they could be. Many apartments do not come with a phone, and if you don’t plan to make a lot of calls, it may not make sense for you to pay ‚120 to have one installed. Customers pay a base rate of about ‚15 per month, plus additional charges for an answering service and call waiting, and elevated rates for calling a cell phone. But for those who plan to spend a lot of time chatting, it might pay off to get a landline. (There is a ‚0.30 connection fee for all international calls.)

At any newsstand or tobacco shop you can purchase individual calling cards for Greece, Estonia, Australia, etc. But if you’re calling from a home landline in Italy, you should look into services that route calls through the Internet instead. For example, there’s one called I Minuti (, with which you can pay pennies per minute on calls abroad. Of course, if you are happy with calling from your computer with a service like Skype, you may not need anything else. Email and Postal Service.

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