I'm considering buying the voucher online and presenting it at a TIM store when I get to Italy. I can't be sure from the TIM website whether SMS messages cost extra or are included in the E 30 "total cost". I'll only use the SIM in Italy for 12 days and won't use close to 200 minutes of calls, but I'd like to be able to send and receive occasional texts with locals, probably fewer than 50 or 60 total.
The website includes this language in details about TIM Tourist - I've deleted some language about international calls that's not relevant to my question:
"TIM TOURIST can be used in Italy and in roaming in EU countries.
The national traffic minutes included in the offer are valid to all Italian and EU mobile and fixed numbers...
The active profile on the TIM Card is called TIM BASE and chat: after 200 minutes of traffic, calls towards all national mobile and
fixed numbers cost 19 cents per minute and each SMS costs 29 cents. Call set up fee response is 20 cent. Calls are paid in
advance each 60 seconds."
To me it sounds like the 29 cent charge per SMS kicks in only after 200 "minutes of traffic", but I don't know if or how SMS texts sent or received prior to 200 minutes of phone calls would be counted. Andrew H had some good insights into a TIM Tourist question earlier this month and I hope he'll see this. Insights from him or anyone would be much appreciated.