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Buying a TIM SIM card in Italy

Has anyone recently bought a TIM SIM card in Italy? I understand you can buy airtime starting at €5, but how much does it cost for the initial SIM chip to start with, or is that included? We can get it here for $40 which includes some air time, but I hear that it turns out cheaper to just buy it there. Anyone know where the TIM stores are in Rome, or how to find one near airport or RR stations? Do we need a TIM store at all or do the tobacco shops sell the SIMs as well as the airtime?

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Jeff,

ROMA
Aeroporto L. da Vinci - Terminal A
00050 ROMA RM
Telefono: 06/65011050
Fax : 06/65011738
Orario di apertura invernale:
7.00-22.00 tutti i giorni / -
Orario di apertura estivo:
7.00-22.00 tutti i giorni / -
Assistenza: NO
ROMA
V.le Palmiro Togliatti, 2 c/o C.Comm. CINECITTA' DUE (Primo Livello - Loc.22)
00175 ROMA RM
Telefono: 06/72901942
Fax : 06/72900960
Orario di apertura invernale:
tutti i giorni 10.00-20.00 sabato 9.30-20.30 / -
Orario di apertura estivo:
tutti i giorni 10.00-20.00 sabato 9.30-20.30 / -
Assistenza: P
ROMA
Via di Torrevecchia, 433
00168 ROMA RM
Telefono: 06/35504025
Fax : 06/35504775
Orario di apertura invernale:
9.30-13.00 15.30-19.30 / -
Orario di apertura estivo:
9.30-13.00 16.00-20.00 / -
Assistenza: P
ROMA
Via Prenestina, 435
00177 ROMA RM
Telefono: 06/25210455
Fax : 06/21892846
Orario di apertura invernale:
9,00 - 13,30 / 15,30 - 19,30 / -
Orario di apertura estivo:
9,00 - 13,00 / 16,00 -

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I have a TIM SIM card, but don't recall how much it cost to get it initially a couple years ago. I do remember that it wasn't very expenseve--$40 is pricey, but you say that you get some airtime with it. Remember--it will usually be cheaper to buy these things in Italy than here. I was in Italy again in May and went to the TIM store on the "balcony" area just above the main floor of the Termini and reactivated my card for e5 and also got e5 of airtime included. I've always found the people at that particular location to be very helpful. Not all of them speak English, so if you don't speak Italian be ready with your phrasebook.