I bought a "universal" adaptor that has a USA plug, A Europe plug and a UK type plug but that is not the issue. The issue is the "universal" socket in the adaptor. I have a phone my friend purchase in the UK. It has a UK number. Supposedly, I can buy sim cards in Italy and Switzerland and use the phone in those countries but I cannot use it if I cannot charge it. When I plug the UK phone charger into the adaptor, it is a loose fit but the prongs do stay in. When I plug the adaptor into the wall here in the USA, it lights up just fine but the phone remains dead. I tried powering it up based on a manual I read online...nothing.
Brand of phone is Alcatel...candy bar type basic phone. I will not be bringing my own phone as it will not work in Europe anyway. I have purchased a phone card for $20 to be safe that I can supposedly use at pay phones and hotels.