My husband and I arrived in Madrid, and thought we could “survive” with just our iTouch that has Skype to communicate with our families in the states. We get to Madrid only to find that there are very few free wifi hotspots near us in which to use our little newly acquired Apple gadget. So, another American friend of my husband’s here in Madrid introduced us to Studentsphone.
Alejandro at cell number 34 607 909 706 is one of the founders for the subsidiary of Studentsphone in Madrid. He explained the three phones they had at the time, which were two types of Blackberries and a flip phone. They all have 3G capability, and you can download google maps (a life saver for me), Facebook, and Skype on the Blackberry. We chose the latest Blackberry® model he had which was the Blackberry® Curve ™ 8520. (they were just introducing it in St. Louis when we went back last Christmas, and we got ours a couple weeks before that)
The only catch is this, you have to pay for the phone and the plan up front which includes a certain amount that you can download per month, which I think its one gig. So, unless you’re downloading huge file attachments or a lot of extra applications, then you should be able to stay within the limit. (according to Studentphone) The grand total for two phones and the 15 month contract that comes with the Blackberry® was just about 900 euros. Then, you have to pay 6 euros a month per phone to keep the plan.
At first we didn’t like the fact that we had to pay so much up front, but now we realize that 1.) cell phones are not cheap in Europe since you usually pay per call or text, and 2) its one of the few options we had coming from the US without an NIE number. We’re happy that we have the phones, because we are able to blackberry message anyone for free in the world who also has a Blackberry®. Also, another plus was that Alejandro was nice enough to sit down with us and give us a quick tutorial on the features of the phone, which saved us from having to take the time to read the manual. He also told us what to do if you get your phone pickpocketed and the steps you would need to take to getting another phone from them (more on that later, unfortunately).
Details: Studentphone Calle Maria de Molina, 16, first floor (opposite instituto de empresa)
Madrid, 28006, 607 909 706