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Advise for International SIM Card

Looking for advise on International SIM card for calling and data for use in Italy. My Mobile provider does not have an international plan. Thanks.

Posted by
5017 posts

Do you need a SIM for Italy, or one that will work across multiple countries ("international").

If it's just for Italy, you will find plenty of places where you can simply buy an Italian SIM. There are several companies (and plenty of shops) to choose from - TIM, Vodafone, Wind and a couple others. You will need to show ID when you buy one and (of course) your phone will need to be unlocked when you show up.

Posted by
1063 posts

Currently any SIM purchased in any EU country will work in all EU countries. So unless you are going afar a SIM card purchased in Italy will work in neighboring countries.

Posted by
9386 posts

Assuming your phone is unlocked?

When we arrive in Italy, we head for a TIM store and buy their TIM for Tourists plan, a SIM and service for 30 days renewable if necessary and wors everywhere except Switzerland. For Switzerland, you have to buy an add-on from TIM.

Posted by
1369 posts

Here is my writeup for a Vodafone UK SIM that has worked well for me in numerous countries. Coverage includes Italy, though I've not used it there.

The Vodafone UK SIM (and instructions, in the writeup) are useful if you want to buy the SIM, get it set up before you leave on your trip, and perhaps use it on multiple trips. If you want to go into a store and have someone set everything up for you, this SIM is not the way to go.

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/tech-tips/vodafone-uk-sim-card-for-use-in-europe

Posted by
561 posts

When I arrived in Venice at Marco Polo Airport recently - There it was! Right next to the local bus counters a counter that said - "SIMS for Tourists!" Check out what your arrival airport may have on their websites. I am sure these wouldn't be the cheapest SIMs but very convenient.

Posted by
5539 posts

I bought one in Italy at TIM two years ago. . This year I bought one in London at “3”. It worked well in Italy too. Both cost around $30 for a month and worked well, lots of data.

Posted by
203 posts

What is the benefit of doing this versus using your cell with an international plan?

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1369 posts

What is the benefit of doing this versus using your cell with an international plan?

Cost is a primary issue. My Vodafone UK SIM, with more than enough minutes/text/data for my 3 week trip cost $16.84, including the cost of the SIM. For future trips, I can buy a bundle sufficient for a month for £10, roughly $13.

My cellphone carrier (Verizon) charges $70 or $110 for their international plan for one month.