One of our family members will be traveling to Europe this year and we've just started doing our homework on cell phone coverage abroad. When my husband and I went there a couple of years ago, I called my cell provider ahead of time and had no trouble with texts and calls. Because I'm not super rich, I didn't make very many calls, mind you, but I was able to and that's all I cared about. I needed to know that I could, in case of emergency, you understand.
This time, because our family member will be spending more time there than we did, it may make sense to buy a new phone as soon as she arrives. Apparently, Europeans aren't saddled with two-year contracts. They rely on pay-as-you-go telephones.
But I'm a nervous Norvis. I'm sure these phones are great for inter-continental calls, but can they be used to call the U.S.? To call me? I'll want to have contact beyond email and Skype.
I figured I'd pose this question to all you smart people who have far more experience than I do. What do you know about European cell phone coverage?
Any insights or suggestions to offer?