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SIM Cards in Italy: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Italy – known for the Tower of Pisa, its food (pasta and pizza) & historical architecture (Ancient Rome and the Colosseum).

The country also has a lot to offer. From pleasant beaches to mountains you can sky off.

Italy is also the third-most visited country in Europe, behind France (86 million) and Spain (81 million – both figures are before the pandemic).

But that is due to the country being so diverse.

Italian food is almost worth dying for (okay, maybe not – but you get what I mean! 🤪). The weather is great all-year-round & there are many attractions.

Besides the Colosseum and the Tower of Pisa, you should also see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Pantheon.

Walking on Ponte Vecchio with all the small shops at it is an exciting experience too.

And if you love to party, Italy will be a great country for that too.

There should be no reason to be bored in Italy, I believe!

Dealing with an expensive international roaming bill will certainly not be enjoyable because you forgot to turn off international roaming.

That feature can be expensive, which is why I always recommend getting local SIM cards, like an Italian one, so that you can enjoy local rates.

Italian SIM cards are not cheap, but the prices could be much worse.

You can get an Italian SIM card for 10 EUR (10.70 USD) from Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM, Vodafone & Iliad in their stores. Tourist SIM cards are sold for 20 EUR (21.40 USD) to 25 EUR (26.75 USD). SIM cards are also sold at airports (Milan: LIN and MXP. Rome: FCO).

If you are flying into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci”, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some time.

Italy has the lowest mobile data rates in the European Union and in Europe in general.

The data allowances are generous, and most mobile operators have activated their 5G NR network, allowing anyone to use it.

One thing that is unfortunate is that most mobile operators have plan activation fees, ranging from 6.99 EUR to a whopping 49.99 EUR.

When I say plan activation fee, I am not talking about the cost of a plan.

No, this is the fee you pay for the privilege of activating a plan on top of actually buying the plan.

If you live in Italy, or stay in the country for a few months, paying for the fee will pay itself off eventually due to the rather low plan costs.

However, if you are just visiting the country, the cost of SIM cards, plan activation fees & the plan costs will add up.

Sometimes, it may not even be worth getting an Italian SIM card.

Therefore, where relevant, I will give you some alternative options to reduce your expenses, like various travel eSIMs for Italy.

Otherwise, you would have been better off roaming (okay, not really, but still).

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Italy. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in Italy Guide (logos of Coop Voce, Digi, Fastweb, Ho Mobile, Iliad, Kena Mobile, Lycamobile, PosteMobile, TIM, Tiscali, Very Mobile, Vodafone & Wind Tre)

Original publication: 9th of February 2022. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.


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What is the Best SIM Card in Italy?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Italy, I recommend going with Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM, Vodafone, or Iliad. TIM has the best coverage with Vodafone. The latter also has the best overall network and the fastest 5G NR speeds. Wind Tre has the fastest 4G/LTE network. Iliad is the cheapest.

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So, who are all these mobile operators and what options are available for you?

Italy has five mobile operators and eight Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offering prepaid services easily accessible to tourists:

  • Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre)
  • TIM Italy (Telecom Italia)
  • Vodafone Italy
  • Iliad Italy
  • Fastweb Italy
  • Coop Voce (TIM Italy MVNO)
  • Digi Mobil Italy (TIM Italy MVNO)
  • Ho Mobile (Vodafone Italy budget sub-brand)
  • Kena Mobile (Wind Tre budget sub-brand)
  • Lycamobile Italy (Vodafone Italy MVNO)
  • Postemobile (Wind Tre MVNO)
  • Tiscali (TIM Italy MVNO)
  • Very Mobile (Vodafone Italy budget sub-brand)
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In this guide, I will stick to the mobile operators and the most popular MVNOs, all in bold above, to limit the length of this guide (but also not to overwhelm you with all the options available).

But if you are interested in getting a SIM card from one of the unbolded MVNOs, you would have to do the research yourself for the time being. I stopped actively testing and reviewing MVNOs to spend time reviewing travel eSIMs instead, like the ones for Italy.

Anyone 15 years or older living in or visiting Italy can buy an Italian SIM card with no real restrictions, but you do have to comply with the Italian SIM card registration regulations.

And if you are younger than 15, you can still get a SIM card if your parents buy one for you (in their name).

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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Which, in this case, is only showing your passport (or European Union ID if you have one) at the point of sale.

Where Can You Buy an Italian SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can get an Italian SIM card in Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM, Vodafone & Iliad stores. Resellers, like post offices, newsstands & grocery stores, also sell SIM cards (especially for the MVNOs). Some Italian airports sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices).

You can expect to pay the following for Italian SIM cards:

  • Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre): 10 EUR
  • TIM Italy: 9.99 EUR
  • Vodafone Italy: 10 EUR
  • Iliad Italy: 9.99 EUR
  • Fastweb Italy: “5 EUR” (5 EUR + 15 EUR mandatory top-up)
  • Lycamobile Italy: 5 EUR, 6.99 EUR, 9.99 EUR, 11.99 EUR & 14.99 EUR

The following Italian mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre): 24.99 EUR (Tourist Pass)
  • TIM Italy: 20 EUR (TIM Tourist)
  • Vodafone Italy: 24.99 EUR (Dolce Vita)

Note that SIM cards can be more expensive than those listed above when purchased at an airport.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date EUR (Euro) to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) exchange rates.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between EUR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 EUR = 1.05 USD
  • 10 EUR = 10.70 USD
  • 100 EUR = 107 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Italy

In recent years, (travel) eSIMs have become extremely popular.

Especially after Apple made iPhones (14- & 15 series) sold in the United States eSIM-only, forcing its users to use eSIMs – even when abroad.

As a result, the adoption of eSIM technology by mobile operators worldwide rose impressively quickly.

Currently, Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM, Vodafone, Iliad & Fastweb offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

But if you purchase an eSIM from any of these mobile operators, you must comply with Italy's SIM card registration regulations.

Suppose you do not wish to do so for privacy reasons (for example) or want to be connected immediately without paying for an overpriced SIM card (or eSIM) sold at an Italian airport. In that case, you may consider getting a travel eSIM for Italy.

In my Italy eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide (even in Italy).

Buying an eSIM for Italy Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Mamma Mia, Alosim & Airalo)

Surprisingly, travel eSIMs can be cheaper than an Italian SIM card or eSIM in specific scenarios.

Moreover, Europe-wide and global eSIM options are also available at competitive prices (without having to deal with expensive international roaming rates).

In this Italy SIM card buying guide (the one you are reading), I will stick to the local SIM cards and eSIM, but you can read my Italy eSIM buying guide for more information about travel eSIMs covering the country.

But here is a quick overview already + applicable discount codes if you are interested in purchasing a travel eSIM for Italy:

  • Airalo: Mamma Mia (Italy only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Italy & Europe (32 countries)
  • Holafly: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls
  • Nomad: Italy, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)

Here are some discount codes to sweeten the deal:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

Once again, check out my Italy eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Italy Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Mamma Mia, Alosim & Airalo)

The eSIM guide is as comprehensive as this SIM card buying guide, but it solely focuses on travel eSIMs (while the guide you are reading focuses on local SIM cards and eSIMs for prepaid users (where applicable)).

Italian Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM Italy, Vodafone Italy, Iliad Italy, Fastweb & Lycamobile Italy (MVNO), and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

With that said, let's see what Italy offers us.


Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

WINDTRE Italy Logo
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Wind Tre, formerly just Wind and Tre (3) Italy, is the largest mobile operator in Italy.

The mobile operator is a merger of Wind and Tre, the then third- and fourth-largest mobile operators in the country.

With the merger, it overtook TIM Italy and Vodafone Italy in terms of customers.

Moreover, the combined assets (towers and frequencies) resulted in Wind Tre becoming the mobile operator with the fastest mobile download speeds in the country (for 4G/LTE at least).

You may know 3 as a mobile operator that is active in Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Indonesia, Macau, Sweden & the United Kingdom.

Wind Tre uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz – being shut down as of June 2022
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 1800 MHz (n3), 2600 MHz (n7) & 3700 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Wind Tre:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Wind Tre SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* My Wind Tre Review (in Catania & Rome)
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

Wind Tre has the best 5G NR coverage throughout Italy.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is Wind Tre's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

You can get a Wind Tre SIM card for 10 EUR in Wind Tre stores. The Tourist SIM card, called Tourist Pass, costs 24.99 EUR with 20 GB of local data, 13.7 GB EU/EEA Data (new), 100 local minutes & 100 international minutes 1 for 30 days. Wind Tre SIM cards are not sold at (Rome) Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

If you are flying into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci”, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some time.

Wind Tre Italy Tourist Pass

1 to Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States

Before you call me blind for mentioning that the Tourist Pass costs 24.99 EUR while the photo above says 14.99 EUR, it does not include the 10 EUR SIM card price, as shown below.

Wind Tre Italy Tourist Pass SIM Card Price Excluded

Wind Tre always tries to pull a fast one on you – but I am faster 😏.

While the Tourist Pass cannot be extended (30-day validity), you can renew the plan if you have exhausted the plan by texting PASS RESTART to 4033 for 14.99 EUR.

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It is also possible to get a Wind Tre eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Italy, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Wind Tre.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Italy eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Mamma Mia (Italy only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Italy, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Italy eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Italy Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Mamma Mia, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with Wind Tre.

Note that Wind Tre offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

Wind Tre top-up vouchers are sold in Wind Tre stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Italy.

The following (online) Wind Tre top-ups are available:

  • 6 EUR
  • 11 EUR
  • 15 EUR
  • 25 EUR
  • 50 EUR
  • 100 EUR
Wind Tre Italy Top-Ups

To top up your Wind Tre SIM card, call 4242 and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Dial *123# to check your Wind Tre balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the WINDTRE app (Android/iOS).

WINDTRE Italy App
© Wind Tre

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

Wind Tre has two data-featured prepaid plans: Di Più Plans (combo) & Solo Internet (data).

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

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Di Più Plans – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

The Di Più Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Note that the Young(+) 5G plans are for the youth (up to 30 years old).

Unfortunately, the elderly cannot get this plan 🤪.

The following Di Puì Plans are available, which initially have to be activated in a Wind Tre store:

Remember: Wind Tre charges a 49.99 EUR plan activation fee (previously only 6.99 EUR), which is not included in the prices below.

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 2International Minutes 3Local/EU SMS 2Validity
9.99 EURYoung 5G100 GB9.1 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 month
12.99 EURDi Diù Lite25 GB 111.9 GBUnlimitedN/A200 SMS1 month
12.99 EURDi Diù Lite 5G50 GB11.9 GBUnlimitedN/A200 SMS1 month
12.99 EURYoung+ 5G200 GB11.9 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 month
14.99 EURDi Diù Full 5G100 GB13.7 GBUnlimited50 minutes200 SMS1 month
29.99 EURDi Diù Unlimited 5GUnlimited27.4 GBUnlimited200 minutes200 SMS1 month

1 no 5G NR access
2 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Italy (NOT from Italy to other EU/EEA member states)
3 to Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom & the United States

Wind Tre Italy Di Più Plans
Solo Internet Plans – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

The Solo Internet Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Solo Internet Plans can be activated on the WINDTRE app:

Remember: Wind Tre charges a 49.99 EUR plan activation fee for the Cube Lite and Cube Full plans, which is not included in the prices below. You are better off going with the Internet Card plans, which Wind Tre does not charge activation fees for (surprisingly).

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataValidity
9.99 EURCube Lite70 GB6.6 GB1 month
12.99 EURCube Full150 GB8.6 GB1 month
19.99 EURInternet Card150 GB13.2 GB3 months
24.99 EURInternet Card 300300 GB16.4 GB3 months
Wind Tre Italy Cube & Internet Card Plans
EU Roaming – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

You can use your Wind Tre allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

My Review – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

I had the chance to try out Wind Tre in March 2022.

I tried out Tre Italy when it was still a separate company, but its network was not that great (although it has attractive prices).

While Wind Tre is the largest mobile operator at the moment, I had a horrible experience with it.

You can read my Wind Tre Italy review here.

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APN/Internet Settings – Wind Tre (formerly Wind & 3 Italy)

  • Name: WINDTRE
  • APN: internet.it

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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TIM Italy (Telecom Italia)

TIM Logo
© TIM

TIM Italy (Telecom Italia) is the second-largest mobile operator in Italy.

It used to be a state-owned mobile operator until it was privatized.

To this day, it is still massive ahead of its competitors in terms of customers (about 10 million more with 30 million subscribers).

TIM is also active in Brazil as TIM Brasil, where it is the third-largest mobile operator with almost double the subscriber numbers in Brazil than in Italy.

It recently (February 2022) overtook San Marino Telecom (SMT) and rebranded it into TIM San Marino.

TIM uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz – being shut down as of June 2022
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3700 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about TIM:

* Coverage
* How to Get a TIM SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* My TIM Review (in Catania & Rome)
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – TIM Italy

TIM has the best coverage throughout Italy.

It also won the Speedtest Italy Best Mobile Coverage Award of 2021 (Q1-Q2).

Below is TIM's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – TIM Italy

You can get a TIM SIM card for 9.99 EUR in TIM stores. The Tourist SIM card, called TIM Tourist, costs 24.99 EUR (previously 20 EUR) with 50 GB of data, 13 GB EU/EEA data, unlimited chat data 1, 200 local/international minutes 2 for 30 days. TIM SIM cards are also sold at (Rome) Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

If you are flying into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci”, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some time.

TIM Italy Tourist SIM Card
© TIM Italy

1 for Facebook Messenger, iMessage, IMO, Skype, Snapchat, Telegram, Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp
2 to Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan & Venezuela

Before you call me blind for mentioning that the TIM Tourist SIM card costs 24.99 EUR while the photo above says 14.99 EUR, it does not include the 10 EUR SIM card price.

TIM always tries to pull a fast one on you – but I am faster 😏.

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It is also possible to get a TIM eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Italy, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from TIM (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just Italy or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Italy eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Mamma Mia (Italy only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Italy, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Italy eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Italy Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Mamma Mia, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with TIM for now.

Note that TIM offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – TIM Italy

TIM top-up vouchers are sold in TIM stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Italy.

The following (online) TIM top-ups are available:

  • 4 EUR
  • 6 EUR
  • 12 EUR
  • 17 EUR
  • 22 EUR
  • 25 EUR
  • 50 EUR
TIM Italy SIM Cards
© TIM Italy

To top up your TIM SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 40916.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 40916.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

Call 40916 and select option 1 or send a blank SMS (or whatever if your phone will not allow for sending blank texts) to 119 to check your TIM balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyTIM app (Android/iOS/Huawei AppGallery).

TIM Italy MyTIM App
© TIM Italy

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – TIM Italy

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

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Giga e Minuti (Data and Minutes) Plans – TIM Italy

The Giga e Minuti (Data and Minutes) Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Note that the TIM Young plan is for the youth (up to 25 years old), and the TIM 60+ is for the seniors (60+ years old).

The following Giga e Minuti are available, which initially have to be activated in a TIM store:

Remember: TIM charges a 9.99 EUR plan activation fee (previously 9 EUR), which is not included in the prices below.

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 2Validity
9.99 EURTIM Young100 GB20 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
12.99 EURTIM 60+UnlimitedShared with data allowanceUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
14.99 EURTIM 5G Power Smart50 GB14 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
19.99 EURTIM 5G Power Top100 GB19 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
39.99 EURTIM 5G Power UnlimitedUnlimited37 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 you can get an extra 50 GB (100 GB total) for an additional 0.99 EUR/month
2 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Italy (NOT from Italy to other EU/EEA member states)

TIM Italy Giga e Minuti Combo Plans
Flat Day – TIM Italy

The Flat Day is not a plan. Instead, it is the default data rate.

If you do not purchase a data-featured plan and use data, you will be charged 2 EUR and get 500 MB until midnight.

If you go over your 500 MB data allowance, you can still browse the web @ 32 Kbps until midnight.

Solo Giga Power Plans – TIM Italy

The Solo Giga Power plans are data bundles (with 5G NR access).

The following Solo Giga Power are available, which initially have to be activated in a TIM store:

Remember: TIM charges a 5 EUR plan activation fee for TIM Giga Power 50 and TIM Giga Power 100, which is not included in the prices below.

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataValidity
5.99 EURTIM Giga Power FamilyUnlimitedN/A1 month
9.99 EURTIM Giga Power 50 50 GB9 GB1 month
14.99 EURTIM Giga Power 100 1100 GB13 GB1 month
49.99 EURInternet 100 GB100 GB50 GB6 months
99.99 EURTIM Giga Power 500 1, 2500 GB82 GB1 year

1 with 5G NR access
2 for those 25 years old or younger

TIM Italy Giga Power Plans
Data Add-Ons – TIM Italy

The Data Add-Ons are, as the name implies, data add-ons. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

The following Data Add-Ons are available, which can be activated on the MyTIM app:

PricePlanDataValidity
1.99 EURGiga Day10 GBUntil midnight
4.99 EURGiga Week10 GB7 days
TIM Italy Data Add-Ons
EU Roaming – TIM Italy

You can use your TIM allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

My Review – TIM Italy

I had the chance to try out TIM again in March 2022.

While it is still the second-largest mobile operator in Italy, its performance is weak compared to its competitors.

TIM has various shortcomings, but I would still recommend it.

You can read my TIM Italy review here.

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APN/Internet Settings – TIM Italy

  • Name: WAP TIM
  • APN: wap.tim.it

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Vodafone Italy (Italia)

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Vodafone Italy (Italia) is the third-largest mobile operator in Italy.

It used to be the second-largest mobile operator until Wind and Tre (3) Italy merged into Wind Tre.

Vodafone is the mobile operator with the best overall (4G/LTE) network performance.

Vodafone, as a company, is active in Africa (mostly as Vodacom), Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: N/A – shut down for 4G/LTE and 5G NR refarming
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3700 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* My Vodafone Review (in Catania & Rome)
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Vodafone Italy

Vodafone has extensive coverage throughout Italy.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Italy

You can get a Vodafone SIM card for 10 EUR with 5 EUR credit in Vodafone stores. The Tourist SIM card, called Dolce Vita, is not sold anymore. However, overpriced plans are sold at (Rome) Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

If you are flying into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci”, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some time.

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It is also possible to get a Vodafone eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Italy because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Vodafone.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Italy in my Italy eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Mamma Mia (Italy only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Italy, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Italy eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Vodafone for now.

Buying an eSIM for Italy Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Mamma Mia, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Vodafone offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Italy

Vodafone top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Italy.

The following (online) Vodafone top-ups are available:

  • 5 EUR
  • 10 EUR
  • 15 EUR
  • 25 EUR
  • 50 EUR
Vodafone Italy Top-Ups

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 42010.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 42010.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Call 414 to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone Italia app (Android/iOS).

Vodafone Italy My Vodafone Italia App
© Vodafone Italy

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Italy

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Red Max Plans – Vodafone Italy

The Red Max plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Red Max can be activated on the Vodafone Italia app.

Remember: Vodafone charges a 6.99 EUR plan activation fee, which is not included in the prices above and below.

PricePlanDataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidity
9.99 EURRED MaxUnder 16100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
9.99 EURRED MaxUnder 25100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
11.99 EURShake It Fun (25 years)100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
14.99 EURRED Pro50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
19.99 EURRED Max100 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Italy (NOT from Italy to other EU/EEA member states)

Vodafone Italy Red Max Plans
Infinito Plans – Vodafone Italy

The Infinito Plans are combo plans with unlimited data (with 5G NR access), unlimited (local) minutes & unlimited SMS.

The following Infinito Plans are available, which can be activated on the My Vodafone Italia app:

Remember: Vodafone charges a 6.99 EUR plan activation fee, which is not included in the prices below.

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataWorld Roaming 2Local/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 3World Roaming Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1Validity
24.99 EURInfiniteUnlimitedN/A1 GBUnlimited1000 minutes200 minutesUnlimited1 month
39.99 EURInfinito BlackUnlimited45.5 GB5 GBUnlimited1000 minutes500 minutesUnlimited1 month

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Italy (NOT from Italy to other EU/EEA member states)
2 in Albania, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey & the United States
3 to the EU/EEA and Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand & the United States

Vodafone Italy Infinite Plans
Giga Speed Plans – Vodafone Italy

The Giga Speed Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

The following Giga Speed Plans are available, which initially have to be activated in a Vodafone store:

Remember: Vodafone charges a 10 EUR plan activation fee (not 6.99 EUR like the other plans), which is not included in the prices below.

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataValidity
9.99 EURGiga Speed50 GB1 GB1 month
13.99 EURGiga Speed Plus50 GB1 GB1 month
29.99 EURGiga Speed Pack300 GB1 GB3 months
Vodafone Italy Giga Speed Plans
EU Roaming – Vodafone Italy

You can use your Vodafone allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Åland Islands
  • Austria
  • Azores
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canary Islands
  • Ceuta
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madeira
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Melilla
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

My Review – Vodafone Italy

I had the chance to try out Vodafone again in March 2022.

And I was actually surprised how much better it had become.

While it is still not the best mobile operator in Italy, I would still recommend Vodafone.

You can read my Vodafone Italy review here.

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APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Italy

  • Name: Vodafone IT
  • APN: mobile.vodafone.it

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Iliad

Iliad Italy Logo
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Iliad is the smallest mobile operator in Italy.

However, it is the cheapest option out there (of the Big Four).

In fact, you will not pay more than 10 EUR 14 EUR for a plan with Iliad, which features 300 GB of data.

Yes… 300 GB – that was not a typo!

And Iliad has promised that it will never raise its prices, even though it keeps increasing the allowances of its plans.

And that is true – I stroked out 10 EUR for 14 EUR a bit earlier. That is because Iliad introduced a new plan – not because it increased the price for its most expensive plan.

Anyway, you can say that Iliad singlehandedly managed to drop telecommunication prices in Italy by around half due to its pricing strategy – even though mobile data rates were already low in the country.

As Wind and Tre (3) Italy decided to merge into Wind Tre, a fourth mobile operator was allowed to enter the Italian telecom market, which Iliad won.

Iliad is by the same group that owns Free Mobile France, which also disrupted the telecommunications market in France.

Anyway, while Iliad is the cheapest, its coverage still lacks behind the competitors (will be discussed later), so does its speed.

But you will not have any issues with Iliad in most cases if you stay in urban areas.

Iliad uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – never had it
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz – being shut down as of June 2022
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Iliad:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Iliad SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* My Iliad Review (in Catania & Rome)
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Iliad

Iliad has the worst coverage in Italy.

However, you will still have cellular reception almost everywhere.

Below is Iliad's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Iliad

You can get an Iliad SIM card for 9.99 EUR in Iliad stores. Iliad SIM cards are not sold at (Rome) Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

If you are flying into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci”, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some time.

Iliad Italy SIM Card
© Iliad
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It is also possible to get an Iliad eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Italy, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Iliad.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported European countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Italy eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Mamma Mia (Italy only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – all variants in both options include unlimited data + up to 120 Europe-wide calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Italy, Europe (30 or 35 countries, depending on the variant) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Italy eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Italy Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Mamma Mia, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with Iliad.

Note that Iliad offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Iliad

Iliad top-ups are sold in Iliad stores, kiosks & electronics shops throughout Italy.

To top-up your Iliad SIM card, follow the instructions given on the Iliad Sim-Box machine.

Iliad Italy Sim-Box
© Iliad

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

You can check your balance online.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Iliad

Iliad has one data-featured prepaid plan: Plans. It may not even be called plans, but it has no clear name.

Anyway, it is a combo bundle with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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These Plans are available, which can be activated online.

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 2Validity
4.99 EURVoce40 MBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
7.99 EURGiga 100100 GB8 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
9.99 EURFlash 180180 GB 110 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
13.99 EURData 300300 GB13 GBN/AN/A1 month


1 5G NR access
2 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Italy (NOT from Italy to other EU/EEA member states)

You also get a call allowance for international use. However, they can only be used for calling fixed-line phones… so there is no point in me listing said countries.

Iliad Italy Plans
EU Roaming – Iliad

You can use your Iliad allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guadeloupe
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Réunion
  • Romania
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre et Miquelon
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

My Review – Iliad

I had the chance to try out Iliad in March 2022.

The last time I was in Italy before 2022, Iliad did not exist.

So it was a great opportunity to try out a new SIM card.

Honestly, I was impressed by how great its network and speeds are, even though many have complaints about Iliad.

You can read my Iliad Italy review here.

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APN/Internet Settings – Iliad

  • Name: Iliad
  • APN: iliad

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Fastweb Italy (Italia)

Fastweb Italy Logo
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Fastweb Italy (Italia), just Fastweb, is a 5G NR-only mobile operator.

It is run by Swisscom from Switzerland.

However, it made a national roaming agreement with Wind Tre (formerly Wind Italy and 3 Italy), allowing Fastweb customers to use 2G, 3G (for now – it is being shut down) & 4G/LTE on the Wind Tre network where Fastweb has no native coverage (yet).

Now, suppose you stay in a location where Fastweb has native coverage, like most large cities.

In that case, you can experience fast 5G NR speeds and reception.

However, if you go to locations where you will be on the Wind Tre network, expect to have much slower speeds than you would get with Wind Tre itself because it prioritizes its own customers over Fastweb users – be aware of this.

Fastweb uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – never had it (roams on Wind Tre)
  • 3G: N/A – never had it (roams on Wind Tre (although it is being shut down))
  • 4G/LTE: N/A – never had it (roams on Wind Tre)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Fastweb:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Fastweb SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Fastweb Italy

Fastweb has extensive coverage in Italy.

While its 5G NR reception is not properly nationwide yet, you will get 2G, 3G (for now) & 4G/LTE roaming access on the Wind Tre (formerly Wind Italy and 3 Italy) network.

Below is Fastweb's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Fastweb Italy

You can get a Fastweb SIM card for 5 EUR, although a plan purchase or a top-up of at least 15 EUR is required, in Fastweb stores. Fastweb SIM cards are not sold at (Rome) Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

If you are flying into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport “Leonardo da Vinci”, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at that airport to save some time.

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Fastweb has no eSIMs.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Italy, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Fastweb (in some cases).

Especially when getting a Europe-wide eSIM if you do not stay in just Italy or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Italy eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Mamma Mia (Italy only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data + calling feature – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Italy, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Italy eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Italy Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Mamma Mia, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with Fastweb for now.

Note that Fastweb offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Fastweb Italy

Fastweb top-up vouchers are sold in Fastweb stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Italy.

The following (online) Fastweb top-ups are available:

  • 5 EUR
  • 10 EUR
  • 15 EUR
  • 25 EUR
  • 50 EUR

To top up your Fastweb SIM card, call 4046 and follow the instructions.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

You can check your balance online.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyFastweb app (Android/iOS).

Fastweb Italy MyFastweb App
© Fastweb Italy

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Fastweb Italy

Fastweb has one data-featured prepaid plan: Plans. It may not even be called plans, but it has no clear name.

Anyway, it is a combo bundle with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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These Plans are available, which can be activated on the MyFastweb app:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 1, 2Local/EU SMS 1Validity
7.95 EURFastweb Mobile 150 GB1 GBUnlimited100 SMS1 month
9.95 EURFastweb Mobile Full200 GB1 GBUnlimited100 SMS1 month
11.95 EURFastweb Mobile Maxi300 GB1 GBUnlimited100 SMS1 month


1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Italy (NOT from Italy to other EU/EEA member states)
2 also to Austria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Guam, India, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania & the United States

Fastweb Italy Plans
EU Roaming – Fastweb Italy

You can use your Fastweb allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Fastweb Italy

  • Name: FW WEB
  • APN: apn.fastweb.it

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Lycamobile Italy (Italia)

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Lycamobile Italy (Italia), just Lycamobile, is a Vodafone Italy MVNO.

Lycamobile, as a brand, is known for offering low rates for international calls abroad, and it is active in various other European countries, Australia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda & the United States.

To learn about Lycamobile’s frequencies, jump back to Vodafone Italy’s frequencies (but you will not have 5G NR access, and your speeds will be restricted to 25 Mbps).

This is what you will learn about Lycamobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Lycamobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Lycamobile Italy

Lycamobile is a Vodafone Italy MVNO, meaning Lycamobile uses the Vodafone Italy network.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Lycamobile, jump to the Vodafone Italy Coverage section.

Note that you will not have 5G NR access with Lycamobile.

SIM Card Price – Lycamobile Italy

You can get a Lycamobile SIM card for 5 EUR, 10 EUR, or for “free” with a plan (6.99 EUR, 9.99 EUR, 11.99 EUR & 14.99 EUR) from Lycamobile resellers, including grocery stores, gas stations & electronic shops.

Lycamobile Italy Stores
© Lycamobile
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Lycamobile has no eSIMs.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Italy because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Lycamobile.

Especially if you get a Europe-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Italy in my Italy eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Mamma Mia (Italy only), Eurolink (39 countries in Europe) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Italy & Europe (32 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs which allow for (limited) calls – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Italy, Europe (up to 35 countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Italy eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with Lycamobile for now.

Buying an eSIM for Italy Guide (logos of Holafly, Nomad, Eurolink, Discover+, Mamma Mia, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that Lycamobile offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Lycamobile Italy

Lycamobile top-up vouchers are sold in grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Italy.

To top up your Lycamobile SIM card, you would dial *131*VoucherCode# or call 40321 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *131*123456#.

Lycamobile SIM Card New 2021
© Lycamobile

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *131# to check your Lycamobile balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Lycamobile Italy

Lycamobile has four data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in EUR (Euro).

To convert EUR to your currency (let's say GBP – (British) Pound (Sterling)) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

National Bundles – Lycamobile Italy

The National Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps), minutes & SMS.

Dial the Activation Code to activate National Bundles:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
4.99 EURItaly Mini3 GBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedN/A30 days*139*30002#
6.99 EURItaly Pink20 GB6.4 GB200 minutes100 SMS30 days*139*20010#
7.99 EURItaly Orange150 GB7.3 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*10016#
9.99 EURItaly Gold150 GB9.1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*10015#
11.99 EURItaly White200 GB10.95 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*10018#
14.99 EURItaly Red220 GB13.7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*10019#

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Italy (NOT from Italy to other EU/EEA member states)

Lycamobile Italy National Bundles
International Bundles – Lycamobile Italy

The International Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps), minutes & SMS.

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU MinutesInternational MinutesValidityActivation Code
9.99 EURLyca Globe100 GB9.1 GB300 minutesVarious 130 days*139*3910#
11.99 EURLyca Globe Plus120 GB10.95 GB300 minutesVarious 230 days*139*3912#
14.99 EURLyca Globe Power150 GB13.7 GBUnlimited1000 minutes 330 days*139*3815#

1 300 minutes to Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom & the United States (group 1) + 40 minutes to Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Morocco (fixed), Turkey (fixed) & Venezuela
2 300 minutes to same countries above (group 1) + 100 minutes to Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Morocco (fixed), Turkey (fixed) & Venezuela
3 1000 minutes to

Monthly Plans – Lycamobile Italy

The Monthly Plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps), minutes & SMS.

The following Monthly Plans are available, which can be activated online:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidity
26.97 EURItaly 40 Plus 3 Months40 GB/30 days (120 GB)9.1 GB/30 days (27.3 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited90 days
32.37 EURItaly 100 Plus 3 Months100 GB/30 days (300 GB)10.95 GB/30 days (32.85 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited90 days
40.47 EURItaly 150 Plus 3 Months150 GB/30 days (450 GB)13.7 GB/30 days (41.1 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited90 days
50.95 EURItaly 40 Plus 6 Months40 GB/30 days (240 GB)9.1 GB/30 days (54.6 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited180 days
61.15 EURItaly 100 Plus 6 Months100 GB/30 days (600 GB)10.95 GB/30 days (65.7 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited180 days
76.45 EURItaly 150 Plus 6 Months150 GB/30 days (900 GB)13.7 GB/30 days (82.2 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited180 days
95.90 EURItaly 40 Plus 12 Months40 GB/30 days (480 GB)9.1 GB/30 days (109.2 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited360 days
115.10 EURItaly 100 Plus 12 Months100 GB/30 days (1200 GB)10.95 GB/30 days (131.4 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited360 days
143.90 EURItaly 150 Plus 12 Months150 GB/30 days (1800 GB)13.7 GB/30 days (164.4 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited360 days

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Italy (NOT from Italy to other EU/EEA member states)

Lycamobile Italy Monthly Plans
Data Bundles – Lycamobile Italy

The Data Bundles are, as the name suggests, data plans (without 5G NR access @ max. 25 Mbps).

Dial the Activation Code to activate Data Bundles:

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataValidityActivation Code
4.99 EURData S1 GBShared with data allowance30 days*139*1001#
6.99 EURData M2 GBShared with data allowance30 days*139*1002#
11.99 EURData XL10 GBShared with data allowance30 days*139*1004#
Lycamobile Italy Data Bundles
EU Roaming – Lycamobile Italy

You can use your Lycamobile allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Be aware that, in some cases, the EU/EEA roaming allowance is lower than the domestic allowances.

APN/Internet Settings – Lycamobile Italy

  • Name: lycamobile
  • APN: data.lycamobile.it
  • Username: lmes
  • Password: plus

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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