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Italy: 13 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2022)

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 (11.10 USD) from Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM, Vodafone & Iliad in their stores. Tourist SIM cards are sold for 20 EUR (22.90 USD) to 25 EUR (28.60 USD). SIM cards are also sold at (Rome) Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

Special note for those from Ukraine: be sure to ask about special benefits for Ukrainians. Many mobile operators around Europe have waived fees for you or introduced exclusive plans, including free calls back to Ukraine. Слава Україні! 🇺🇦

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 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.

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: 27th of September 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Italy?

Anyone 15 years or older living in or visiting Italy can buy an Italian SIM card from Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM, Vodafone, Iliad, Fastweb, Coop Voce, Digi Mobil, Ho Mobile, Kena Mobile, Lycamobile, PosteMobile, Tiscaly & Very Mobile with no restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Italy).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Italy?

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). They are also sold at (Rome) Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

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

  • Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre): 10 EUR
  • TIM Italy: 10 EUR or 25 EUR (depending on the store)
  • Vodafone Italy: 10 EUR
  • Iliad: 9.99 EUR
  • Fastweb Italy: “5 EUR” (5 EUR + 15 EUR mandatory top-up)
  • Coop Voce: 10 EUR
  • Digi Mobil Italy: 10 EUR
  • Ho Mobile: 9 EUR
  • Kena Mobile: 5 EUR
  • Lycamobile Italy: 5 EUR, 6.99 EUR, 9.99 EUR, 11.99 EUR & 14.99 EUR
  • Postemobile: 15 EUR
  • Tiscali: 10 EUR
  • Very Mobile: 9.99 EUR

The following Italian mobile operators also have SIM cards targetting 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)

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Can You Use Your Phone in Italy?

Italy uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Italy. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Italy, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
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If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Italy.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Italy or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Italy (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Italy

Italy has four mobile operators and various Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs – being added later) offering prepaid services:

  • Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre)
  • TIM Italy (Telecom Italia)
  • Vodafone Italy (Italia)
  • Iliad
  • Fastweb Italy (Italia)
  • 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)

The following frequencies are used in Italy:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz – being shut down as of June 2022
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 900 MHz (Band 8), 1500 MHz (Band 32), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz-3700 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Italy, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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A Note about Prepaid Plans in Italy

With some mobile operators, especially the Big Four (Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM Italy, Vodafone Italy & Iliad), there are no dedicated prepaid plans.

Instead, prepaid and postpaid customers can choose whatever plan is offered by the Italian mobile operators.

By default, the plans will renew automatically, like all postpaid plans and many prepaid plans offered by mobile operators worldwide.

Postpaid, or abbonamento, charges get automatically withdrawn from your bank account, credit card, or debit card.

However, in most cases, only Italian accounts are accepted, so that is not an option for a traveler.

Especially because you need a codice fiscale (tax code).

Instead, ask for your plan to be ricaricabile (rechargeable).

Be aware that when I mention plans later in this guide, the prices or allowances may be higher (prices) or lower (allowances) than the screenshots of the plans.

That is because you may be charged more for a plan when it is rechargable or your allowance is less.

VoLTE & VoWiFi in Italy

VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) is available in Italy, and it is offered by all mobile operators. However, VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) is not available.

This means that your phone does not have to downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Italy (unlike mobile operators that do not support VoLTE).

The following mobile operators offer VoLTE only in Italy:

  • Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre)
  • TIM Italy
  • Vodafone Italy
  • Iliad
  • Fastweb Italy (Italia)
  • Coop Voce
  • Digi Mobil Italy (Italia)
  • Ho Mobile
  • Kena Mobile
  • Lycamobile Italy (Italia)
  • Postemobile
  • Tiscali
  • Very Mobile

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in Italy

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Italy since June 2019. It is available on the Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM, Vodafone, Iliad & Fastweb networks. 5G NR is offered to “prepaid” customers with most plans without any surcharges by the mobile operators. Sub-brands and MVNOs do not have 5G NR access.

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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Italian SIM Card Reviews

When I revisited Italy, I tried out four Italian SIM cards (again): Wind Tre, TIM Italy, Vodafone Italy & Iliad.

While I give my opinions and recommendations in this guide, I share my personal experiences in my reviews (else… they would not be reviews 🤪).

I recommend reading the reviews after deciding which Italian SIM card will be the best for you, after reading more about the SIM card you are interested in, or after your personal comparison.

At the end of each SIM card section, I will remind you and link to the review of the said SIM card so that you can flow easily to the next part of your assessment.

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Best eSIM in Italy

Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM, Vodafone, Iliad, Fastweb, Coop Voce & Very Mobile offer eSIMs to prepaid customers – all for the same price as a regular physical SIM card.

However, with plan activation fees between 6.99 EUR to 49.99 EUR (!), it may be cheaper and more convenient to purchase a travel eSIM.

Especially when most mobile operators do not want to give tourists eSIMs for some reason (yes – I tried to get an Italian eSIM during my 1-month Europe trip, where I tried out the SIM cards of the Big Four).

However, you can get travel eSIMs from Airalo, Holafly & Nomad.

Airalo has the Mamma Mia eSIMs:

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these four options:

  1. Italy/Mamma Mia 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Italy/Mamma Mia 3 GB eSIM for 30 days
  3. Italy/Mamma Mia 5 GB eSIM for 30 days
  4. Italy/Mamma Mia 10 GB eSIM for 30 daysmost popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

For an in-depth analysis of the Airalo Mamma Mia eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Italy eSIMs Compared guide.

Or you can get Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

For an in-depth analysis of the Nomad Italy eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Italy eSIMs Compared guide.

Finally, you can get Italy eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage:

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For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Italy eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Italy eSIMs Compared guide.

With these eSIMs, you can skip Italy's SIM card registration scheme (and activation fees) entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Italy!

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TIP: check out my Best Italy eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Italy.

If you plan on visiting other neighboring European nations, consider the Eurolink eSIM (six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days) in Italy and these other countries:

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
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Holafly and Nomad also have eSIMs covering all of the European Union (and more).

But honestly, the Eurolink eSIM is superior (but you can consider the Holafly Europe eSIM if you want unlimited data in 30+ countries – just do not forget about code PHONETRAVELWIZ if you go with Holafly).

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Italy and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Italy eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Italy.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Italy

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Italy, I recommend going with SimCorner's Europe SIM cards that covers Europe (mainly the European Union) and parts Asia, Central America & South America – all in one SIM card.

Italy Travel SIM Card SimCorner
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SimCorner UK and Europe Travel SIM Card (100 GB for 30 days)
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However, with plan activation fees between 6.99 EUR to 49.99 EUR, it may be cheaper and more convenient to purchase a travel SIM card.

You have these four options:

  1. Europe Travel SIM card with 7 GB for 30 days (includes calls)
  2. Europe & UK Travel SIM card with 12 GB for 30 days (includes calls, SMS & data use in Asia, Central America & South America)
  3. UK and Europe Travel SIM card with 100 GB for 30 days (includes calls and SMS)
  4. Europe Data SIM card with 12 GB for 60 days (includes data use in Asia, Central America & South America)
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The SimCorner Europe SIM cards can be used in Italy and the following other countries:

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SIM Card Registration in Italy

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in Italy. It will be done at the point of sale.

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EU Roaming in Italy

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Italy is part of the European Union (EU).

Since June 2017, those with EU/EEA (European Economic Area) SIM cards can roam for free in other EU/EEA nations, including Italy.

This means that, in the majority of cases, you do not need to purchase an Italian SIM card if you already have an EU/EEA SIM card because you can roam without additional costs.

However, conditions do apply. Mobile operators in some countries may impose a roaming Fair Use Policy (FUP).

In countries where local mobile data rates are extremely low (such as in the Baltics and the Nordics), mobile operators may still charge you for roaming in the EU/EEA.

Be sure to head over to the international roaming page to learn whether your mobile operator offers free roaming while in Italy or if restrictions apply.

Roaming in the EU with Italian SIM Cards

Italy and the Italian mobile operators have largely adopted the roam like at home regulations principles early on.

However, some plans have an EU/EEA roaming cap.

Moreover, the standard Fair Use Policy applies where you should not be roaming over 50% of the time over a four-month period.

If you do so, EU roaming rates will apply. You are then better off buying local prepaid SIM cards in other EU nations.

Using Italian SIM Cards in San Marino and Vatican City

Flag of San Marino
Flag of Vatican City

San Marino is a country within the borders of Italy. The same counts for Vatican City, although the latter is within the boundaries of Metropolitan Rome.

Both countries, city-states, nation-states, or whatever you want to call them, have their own government.

However, there is no official border crossing or passport checks when entering San Marino or Vatican City.

Due to the size of Vatican City, it does not have a domestic mobile operator – so you cannot buy a Vatican SIM card, as there is none.

Instead, the Italian mobile operators cover Vatican City in full.

You will have good reception throughout the entirety of the city.

San Marino, which is significantly larger than Vatican City, does have a mobile operator – TIM San Marino (which was called San Marino Telecom (SMT) only a week before writing this section.

SMT did not sell prepaid SIM cards anymore for many years – it may do so (again) now that it is part of TIM.

Even then, it is unnecessary to buy a Sammarinese SIM card because the Italian mobile operators also cover all of San Marino.

However, reception and speeds may suffer (slightly) the more inland you go.

Italy Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Italy

Italy is, according to which SIM card guide is being read the most on Phone Travel Wiz, the most popular destination in Europe and worldwide.

While it is not the cheapest country in Europe, it is not the most expensive either.

But the same cannot be said about mobile data rates in Italy.

They are criminal… criminally low.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Italy is 0.12 EUR (0.12 USD), way below the European average of 2.39 USD. The world average is 3.12 USD.

In fact, Italy is the cheapest country for mobile data in all of Europe (so not just the European Union) and the second-cheapest worldwide (behind Israel, with an average price for 1 GB of data being 0.15 ILS (0.04 USD)).

You will notice that data allowances are crazy generous in Italy… but that does not mean SIM cards are cheap here.

While the prices for data-featured plans are low, will you also get slow speeds in Italy?

Surprisingly, yes.

Italy's median mobile download speed is around 31 Mbps.

For reference, the global median is around 31 Mbps at the moment.

What was also surprising to me is that Italy has the slowest median download speeds among its direct neighbors (Austria – 60.48 Mbps, France – 53.54 Mbps, Slovenia – 48.85 Mbps & Switzerland – 81.11 Mbps).

If we include indirect neighbors, so countries across the Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean Sea & Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy is not doing much better, with Croatia (53.56 Mbps), Malta (44.98 Mbps), Greece (42.04 Mbps) & Albania (32.21 Mbps) having faster median mobile download speeds.

Montenegro (28.87 Mbps), Spain (25.43 Mbps), Egypt (22.75 Mbps), Bosnia & Herzegovina (21.96 Mbps), Tunisia (21.83 Mbps), Algeria (12.60 Mbps) & Libya (11.74 Mbps) have slower median download speeds than Italy.

Italy's mobile download speeds have increased by 9.2% year on year.

Italy Median Mobile Data Speeds Compared 2021 2022

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Italy.

That would be Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), with a median download of 37.11 Mbps. Followed by Iliad (31.94 Mbps), Vodafone Italy (29.36 Mbps) & TIM Italy (25.62 Mbps).

So… what about Fastweb? Is that not a mobile operator and not just an MVNO?

That is correct – Fastweb has a 5G NR license and is rolling out its network.

However, it roams on the Wind Tre network for 2G and 4G/LTE while building up its and Wind Tre's 5G NR network.

So, for now, there is not enough data for Fastweb, but it can still be a reasonable option if you stay in urban areas and have a 5G NR-capable phone.

Anyway, fast mobile download speeds can be found in Bologna, Florence & Naples, with median download speeds of 38.22 Mbps, 32.72 Mbps & 26.03 Mbps, respectively.

But who visits a particular city just for fast speeds? Not me… right? 😏

Okay, those numbers were related to 4G/LTE. Who is winning the 5G NR race (for now)?

The mobile operator with the best 5G NR speeds is TIM, with an average download speed of 271.7 Mbps. It is followed by Vodafone (146.7 Mbps), Iliad (102.6 Mbps) & Wind Tre (57.1 Mbps).

This is quite interesting because TIM has the slowest 4G/LTE speeds at the moment, while Wind Tre has the superior 4G/LTE network (in terms of speed).

But when looking at 5G NR, the tables have turned. TIM is outshining its competitors, while Wind Tre is lagging behind.

Anyway, so what about coverage? Which mobile operator has the best coverage?

Honestly, the four mobile operators have extensive coverage, but Wind Tre and Iliad have the upper hand for now.

So which mobile operator is winning the 5G NR race in terms of coverage?

Currently, Wind Tre has the best 5G NR reach (4.6 on a 10-point scale), ahead of Vodafone (2.5), Iliad (0.9) & TIM (0.7).

Regarding 5G NR availability, in the places where 5G NR should be available, Wind Tre is winning the race (with an incredible 22.9%), ahead of Vodafone (8.1%), Iliad (2.7%) & TIM (1.9%).

So what about overall network performance by the Italian mobile operators?

Vodafone is the winner of the Italy Mobile Experience Awards of May 2022, while TIM is the winner of the Italy 5G Experience Awards of May 2022.

Yeah… I was not expecting Vodafone to win the regular (up to 4G/LTE) awards either 😲.

So if you want the best of all words (so not selecting one extreme, aka the fastest speeds or the best coverage only), you cannot go wrong with Vodafone.

With reasonable SIM card prices, extensive nationwide coverage, decent mobile download speeds, and incredibly low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Italy.

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Currency in Italy

50 Euro Bank Note
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Italy uses the Euro with the symbol EUR (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just . For example, 25 EUR = €25.

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

  • 1 EUR = 1.00 USD
  • 10 EUR = 9.65 USD
  • 100 EUR = 96.50 USD

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Italian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Wind Tre (formerly Wind and Tre), TIM Italy, Vodafone Italy, Iliad, Fastweb, Coop Voce, Digi Mobile Italy, Ho Mobile, Kena Mobile, Lycamobile Italy, PosteMobile, Tiscali & Very Mobile, 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 being said, let’s see what Italy has to offer to 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 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: 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:

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, 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).

WINDTRE 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

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.

Wind Tre does not have a complete list of which devices are supported, except for stating that Huawei, iPhones & Samsung phones can use eSIM.

So I assume the standard phones are supported (Huawei P40 series, iPhone 11/12/13 series & Samsung (Galaxy (Note) (S)20 & 21 series).

Moreover, Wind Tre is hesitant giving travelers eSIMs for some reason, so you may not be able to get one.

While mobile data is insanely cheap in Italy, also with Wind Tre, the combination of the SIM card price, plan activation costs & the prices of plans can add up (10 EUR for the SIM card + 6.99 EUR/49.99 (!) EUR plan activation cost + plan cost (minimum of 9.99 EUR) can add up quickly for short-term travelers.

You better not change your mind and switch plans, as you will be charged another 6.99 (re-)activation fee.

Therefore, I recommend getting the Wind Tre Tourist Pass SIM card (with no 5G NR yet and no EU roaming, unfortunately, but no activation fees either), the SimCorner Italy Travel SIM card, or the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 10 GB/30 days most popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB and 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

Using one of these methods can, in many cases, be (much) cheaper than getting a Wind Tre SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

Wind Tre SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 13 months (no top-up for 13 months or no activity for 13 months).

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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:

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

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 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 plan is 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 6.99 EUR plan activation fee, which is not included in the prices below

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 1International Minutes 2Local/EU SMS 1Validity
11.99 EURYoung 5G40 GB5.9 GBUnlimitedN/AUnlimited1 month 
12.99 EURDi Più Lite 5G25 GB8.6 GBUnlimitedN/A200 SMS1 month
14.99 EURDi Più Full 5G50 GB9.9 GBUnlimited50 minutes200 SMS1 month
29.99 EURDi Più Unlimited 5GUnlimited19.7 GBUnlimited200 minutes200 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 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

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

The Solo Internet Plans are data-only 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

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataValidity
9.99 EURCube Lite20 GB6.6 GB1 month
12.99 EURCube Full75 GB8.6 GB1 month
19.99 EURInternet Card100 GB13.2 GB3 months
24.99 EURInternet Card 200200 GB16.4 GB3 months
WINDTRE 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:

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 review here.

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

  • Name: WINDTRE
  • APN: internet.it

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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 than in Italy.

It recently 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 Italy Best Mobile Coverage Speedtest Award of 2021.

Below is TIM's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – TIM Italy

You can get a TIM SIM card for 10 EUR with 5 EUR credit or 25 EUR with 20 EUR credit in TIM stores. The Tourist SIM card, called TIM Tourist, costs 20 EUR with 15 GB of data, 8.6 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).

TIM Italy SIM Cards
© 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

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

TIM does not have a complete list of which devices are supported, except for stating that Huawei, iPhones & Samsung phones can use eSIM.

So I assume the standard phones are supported (Huawei P40 series, iPhone 11/12/13 series & Samsung (Galaxy (Note) (S)20 & 21 series).

Moreover, TIM is hesitant giving travelers eSIMs for some reason, so you may not be able to get one.

While mobile data is insanely cheap in Italy, also with TIM, the cost of SIM cards is on the higher end for European standards.

Moreover, TIM charges a 9 EUR activation cost for activating plans (and 19 EUR if you decide to switch plans).

Therefore, I recommend getting the TIM Tourist SIM card (with no 5G NR yet, unfortunately, but no activation fees either), the SimCorner Italy Travel SIM card, or the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
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If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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© Holafly

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Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB and 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

Using one of these methods can, in many cases, be (much) cheaper than getting a TIM SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

TIM SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 13 months (no top-up for 13 months or no activity for 13 months).

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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

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 EUR plan activation fee, which is not included in the prices below

PricePlanDataEU/EEA Data5G NR Access?Local/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
11.99 EURTIM Young50 GB20 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
12.99 EURTIM 60+6 GBShared with data allowanceNoUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
15.99 EURExecutive Mobile40 GB11 GBNoUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
19.99 EURMagnifica Mobile100 GB14 GBYesUnlimitedUnlimited1 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)

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.

Supergiga Plans – TIM Italy

The Supergiga Plans are data-only bundles (mostly without 5G NR access) for the TIM data-only SIM card.

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

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataValidity
9.99 EURSupergiga 2020 GB6 GB1 month
13.99 EURSupergiga 5050 GB8 GB1 month
19.99 EURSupergiga 100100 GB 116 GB3 months
49.99 EURInternet 100 GB100 GB50 GB6 months
99.99 EURInternet 200 GB200 GB50 GB1 year

1 5G NR access

TIM Italy Supergiga 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:

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 Italy 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 review here.

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APN/Internet Settings – TIM Italy

  • Name: WAP TIM
  • APN: wap.tim.it

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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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.

It has the best 4G/LTE availability.

This was also confirmed by Opensignal.

Below is Vodafone's coverage map:

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, costs 24.99 EUR with 30 GB of data, 15 GB EU/EEA roaming data, unlimited social media data 1 & 600 local/international minutes 2 for 1 month. Vodafone SIM cards are not sold at (Rome) Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

1 for Facebook, Instagram, Waze & WhatsApp
2 to Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States & Venezuela

Vodafone Italy Dolce Vita Tourist SIM Card
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It is also possible to get a Vodafone eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card.

Vodafone does not have a complete list of which devices are supported, except for stating that Huawei, iPhones & Samsung phones can use eSIM.

So I assume the standard phones are supported (Huawei P40 series, iPhone 11/12/13 series & Samsung (Galaxy (Note) (S)20 & 21 series).

Moreover, Vodafone is hesitant giving travelers eSIMs for some reason, so you may not be able to get one.

While mobile data is insanely cheap in Italy, also with Vodafone, the cost of SIM cards is on the higher end for European standards.

Moreover, Vodafone charges a 6.99 EUR activation cost for activating plans.

Therefore, I recommend getting the Vodafone Dolce Vita Tourist SIM card (with no 5G NR yet, unfortunately, but no activation fees either), the SimCorner Italy Travel SIM card, or the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
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Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB and 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

Using one of these methods can, in many cases, be (much) cheaper than getting a Vodafone SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

Vodafone SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 13 months (no top-up for 13 months or no activity for 13 months).

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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

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

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Shake It Plans – Vodafone Italy

The Shake It Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for the youth (up to 30 years old).

Unfortunately, the elderly cannot get one of these plans 🤪.

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

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

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
11.99 EURShake It Fun (25 years)50 GB10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
14.99 EURShake It Easy (30 years)100 GB20 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 Shake It Plans
Red Max Plan – Vodafone Italy

The Red Max Plan is a combo plan costing 19.99 EUR with 100 GB (with 5G NR access), unlimited local/EU minutes & unlimited local/EU SMS for 1 month.

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 Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
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)

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
36.99 EURInfinitoUnlimited @ 10 Mbps21.9 GB1 GBUnlimited1000 minutes200 minutesUnlimited1 month
59.99 EURInfinito BlackUnlimited32.8 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 the EU/EEA and Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand & the United States

Vodafone Italy Infinito Plans
Giga Speed Plans – Vodafone Italy

The Giga Speed Plans are data-only plans (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 Speed 2020 GB5.5 GB1 month
13.99 EURGiga Speed 5050 GB7.7 GB1 month
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:

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 Italy 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 review here.

Vodafone Italy SIM Card Held by Adu from Phone Travel Wiz

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Italy

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

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Iliad

Iliad Italy Logo
© Iliad

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 for a plan with Iliad, which features 120 GB of data, 7 GB EU/EEA data, unlimited local/EU minutes & unlimited local/EU minutes for 1 month.

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

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.

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:

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).

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.

Iliad does not have a complete list of which devices are supported, except for stating that Huawei, iPhones & Samsung phones can use eSIM.

So I assume the standard phones are supported (Huawei P40 series, iPhone 11/12/13 series & Samsung (Galaxy (Note) (S)20 & 21 series).

But be aware that getting an Iliad eSIM can be tricky, as Iliad often demands you have an Italian tax ID.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB and 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

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Unlike Iliad's competitors, it does not charge plan activation fees.

Moreover, you will not spend more than 9.99 EUR for a plan (Giga 120) – and that one features 120 GB of data.

So yeah, Iliad is the most affordable option in Italy of the Big Four (even though Iliad has ten million customers less than #3 – Vodafone Italy).

Note that Iliad offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if 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 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 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
4.99 EURVoce40 MBShared with data allowanceUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
7.99 EURGiga 8080 GB7 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
9.99 EURGiga 120120 GB 29 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
13.99 EURData 300300 GB12 GBN/AN/A1 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 5G NR access

You also get a call allowance for international use. However, they can only used for calling fixedline 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:

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 review here.

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APN/Internet Settings – Iliad

  • Name: Iliad
  • APN: iliad

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Coop Voce

Coop Voce Italy Logo
© Coop Voce

To learn about Coop Voce’s frequencies, jump back to TIM Italy’s frequencies (but you will not have 5G NR access, and your speeds will be restricted to 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload).

This is what you will learn about Coop Voce:

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

Coverage – Coop Voce

Coop Voce is a TIM Italy MVNO, meaning Coop Voce uses the TIM Italy network.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Coop Voce, jump to the TIM Italy Coverage section.

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

SIM Card Price – Coop Voce

You can get a Coop Voce SIM card for 10 EUR with 5 EUR credit in Coop stores.

You most likely have to register your Coop Voce SIM card online.

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

Just like almost all options in Italy, plan activation fees apply with Coop Voce, which can make a SIM card and plan purchase expensive if you do not plan on staying in Italy for more than a month.

Moreover, note that the Italian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing) and avoid (excessive) plan activation fees, you can go with the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Using one of these travel eSIMs (especially Airalo and Nomad to some extent) is, in many cases, (much) cheaper than getting a Coop Voce SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Coop Voce

Coop Voce top-up vouchers are sold in Coop supermarkets.

The following (online) Coop Voce top-ups are available:

  • 5 EUR
  • 10 EUR
  • 20 EUR
  • 50 EUR

To top up your Coop Voce SIM card, text the VoucherCode to 4243688.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would text 123456 to 4243688.

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.

Text INFO SIM or PRE CRE SIN to 4243688 to check your Coop Voce balance.

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

Coop Voce Italy App
© Coop Voce

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Coop Voce

Coop Voce has one data-featured plan with no apparent name with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload), 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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Coop Voce plans can be activated on the CoopVoce app:

Remember: Coop Voce charges a 9.90 EUR plan activation fee, which is not included in the prices below

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
6.90 EUREvo 3030 GB6 GBUnlimited1000 SMS30 days
7 EURWeb 3030 GB6 GBN/AN/A30 days
7.90 EUREvo 200200 GB8 GBN/AN/A30 days
8.90 EUREvo 100100 GB8 GBUnlimited1000 SMS30 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)

Coop Voce Italy Plans
EU Roaming – Coop Voce

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

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

APN/Internet Settings – Coop Voce

  • Name: WEB CoopVoce
  • APN: internet.coopvoce.it

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Digi Mobil Italy

Digi Logo
© Digi Mobil

To learn about Digi Mobil’s frequencies, jump back to TIM Italy’s frequencies (but you will not have 5G NR access, and your speeds will be restricted to 100 Mbps).

This is what you will learn about Digi Mobil:

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

Coverage – Digi Mobil

Digi Mobil is a TIM Italy MVNO, meaning Digi Mobil uses the TIM Italy network.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Digi Mobil, jump to the TIM Italy Coverage section.

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

SIM Card Price – Digi Mobil

You can get a Digi Mobil SIM card for 10 EUR from Digi Mobil dealers.

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Digi Mobil has no eSIMs.

Unlike almost all options in Italy, plan activation fees do not apply with Digi Mobil (from what I know), making Digi Mobil the cheapest option together with Lycamobile Italy.

Anyway, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing) and avoid (excessive) plan activation fees, you can go with the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Using one of these travel eSIMs (especially Airalo and Nomad to some extent) is, in many cases, (much) cheaper than getting a Digi Mobil SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Digi Mobil

Digi Mobil top-up vouchers are sold by Digi Mobil dealers, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Italy.

To top up your Digi Mobile SIM card, dial *146# 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.

Dial *147# to check your Digi Mobil balance.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Digi Mobil

Digi Mobil has one data-featured plan with no apparent name with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 100 Mbps), 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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Digi Mobil plans can be activated by dialing *146#:

PricePlanDataLocal/International Minutes 1On-Net SMSValidity
10 EURCombo 1050 GB500 minutesN/A1 month
10 EURIllimitato 1050 GBUnlimited 2N/A1 month
15 EURCombo 1575 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month

1 to Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States & Venezuela
2 for local use only

Digi Mobil Italy Plans
EU Roaming – Digi Mobil

You cannot roam (for free) in the European Union or European Economic Area with Digi Mobil.

APN/Internet Settings – Digi Mobil

  • Name: Digi
  • APN: digi.mobile

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Ho Mobile

Ho Mobile Italy Logo
© Ho Mobile

To learn about Ho Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Vodafone Italy’s frequencies (but you will not have 5G NR access, and your speeds will be restricted to 30 Mbps).

This is what you will learn about Ho Mobile:

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

Coverage – Ho Mobile

Ho Mobile is a Vodafone Italy (budget) sub-brand, meaning Ho Mobile uses the Vodafone Italy network.

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

Note that you will not have 5G NR access with Ho Mobile (unlike going with Vodafone Italy directly).

SIM Card Price – Ho Mobile

You can get a Ho Mobile SIM card for 9 EUR from Ho Mobile dealers (not in Vodafone Italy stores).

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Ho mobile has no eSIMs.

Just like almost all options in Italy, plan activation fees apply with Ho Mobile, which can make a SIM card and plan purchase expensive if you do not plan on staying in Italy for more than a month.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing) and avoid (excessive) plan activation fees, you can go with the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Using one of these travel eSIMs (especially Airalo and Nomad to some extent) is, in many cases, (much) cheaper than getting a Ho Mobile SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Ho Mobile

You can top up your Ho Mobile SIM card online. Top-up vouchers are not sold.

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

The following (online) Ho Mobile top-ups are available:

  • 5 EUR
  • 10 EUR
  • 15 EUR
  • 20 EUR
  • 30 EUR
  • 50 EUR

Call 42121 to check your Ho Mobile balance.

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

Ho Mobile Italy App
© Ho Mobile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Ho Mobile

Ho Mobile has one data-featured plan with no apparent name with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 100 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload), 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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Ho Mobile plans can be activated on the ho. app:

Remember: Ho Mobile charges a 7 EUR plan activation fee, which is not included in the prices below

PriceDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
6.99 EUR50 GB4.6 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
8.99 EUR150 GB5.9 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)

Ho Mobile Italy Plans
EU Roaming – Ho Mobile

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

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

APN/Internet Settings – Ho Mobile

  • Name: ho.
  • APN: web.ho-mobile.it

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Kena Mobile

Kena Mobile Italy Logo
© Kena Mobile

To learn about Kena Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to TIM Italy’s frequencies (but you will not have 5G NR access and your speeds will be restricted to 60 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload).

This is what you will learn about Kena Mobile:

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

Coverage – Kena Mobile

Kena Mobile is a TIM Italy (budget) sub-brand, meaning Kena Mobile uses the TIM Italy network.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Kena Mobile, jump to the TIM Italy Coverage section.

Note that you will not have 5G NR access with Kena Mobile (unlike going with TIM Italy directly).

SIM Card Price – Kena Mobile

You can get a Kena Mobile SIM card for 5 EUR from Kena Mobile dealers (1/2not in TIM Italy stores), including Esselunga, Pan & Panorama.

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Kena mobile has no eSIMs.

Just like almost all options in Italy, plan activation fees apply with Kena Mobile, which can make a SIM card and plan purchase expensive if you do not plan on staying in Italy for more than a month.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing) and avoid (excessive) plan activation fees, you can go with the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Using one of these travel eSIMs (especially Airalo and Nomad to some extent) is, in many cases, (much) cheaper than getting a Kena Mobile SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Kena Mobile

Kena Mobile top-up vouchers are sold by Kena Mobile dealers (1/2), including grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Italy (not in TIM Italy stores).

The following (online) Kena Mobile top-ups are available:

  • 5 EUR
  • 10 EUR
  • 15 EUR
  • 20 EUR
  • 25 EUR
  • 50 EUR
  • 100 EUR

To top up your Kena Mobile SIM card, call 40181 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.

Call 40181 to check your Kena Mobile balance.

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

Kena Mobile Italy App
© Kena Mobile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Kena Mobile

Kena Mobile has one data-featured plan with no apparent name with data (without 5G NR access @ max. 60 Mbps download and 30 Mbps upload), 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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Kena Mobile plans can be activated on the Kena Mobile app:

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

PriceDataEU/EEA DataLocal Minutes 1Local SMS 1Validity
7.99 EUR100 GB7 GBUnlimited1000 SMS1 month
9.99 EUR200 GB8.5 GBUnlimited1000 SMS1 month
11.99 EUR100 GB10 GBUnlimited1000 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)

Kena Mobile Italy Plans
EU Roaming – Kena Mobile

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

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

APN/Internet Settings – Kena Mobile

  • Name: Kenamobile web
  • APN: web.kenamobile.it

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Lycamobile Italy (Italia)

Lycamobile Logo New 2021
© Lycamobile

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.

Unlike almost all options in Italy, plan activation fees do not apply with Lycamobile, making Lycamobile the cheapest option together with Digi Mobil Italy (if you do not mind dealing with worse network coverage and slow(er) speeds).

Anyway, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing), you can go with the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Phone Travel Wiz x Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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Note that Lycamobile offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if 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 three data-featured plans:

  • National Bundles (combo)
  • Monthly Plans (combo)
  • Data Bundles

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

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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
6.99 EURItaly Pink15 GB5.75 GB200 minutes100 SMS30 days*139*20010#
9.99 EURItaly Gold20 GB8.2 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*10015#
11.99 EURItaly White100 GB9.85 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 days*139*10018#
14.99 EURItaly Red220 GB12.3 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
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 Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1Validity
26.97 EURItaly 40 Plus 3 Months40 GB/30 days (120 GB)8.2 GB/30 days (24.6 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited90 days
32.37 EURItaly 100 Plus 3 Months100 GB/30 days (300 GB)9.85 GB/30 days (29.55 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited90 days
40.47 EURItaly 150 Plus 3 Months150 GB/30 days (450 GB)12.3 GB/30 days (36.9 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited90 days
50.95 EURItaly 40 Plus 6 Months40 GB/30 days (240 GB)8.2 GB/30 days (49.2 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited180 days
61.15 EURItaly 100 Plus 6 Months100 GB/30 days (600 GB)9.85 GB/30 days (59.1 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited180 days
76.45 EURItaly 150 Plus 6 Months150 GB/30 days (900 GB)12.3 GB/30 days (73.8 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited180 days
95.90 EURItaly 40 Plus 12 Months40 GB/30 days (480 GB)8.2 GB/30 days (98.4 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited360 days
115.10 EURItaly 100 Plus 12 Months100 GB/30 days (1200 GB)9.85 GB/30 days (118.2 GB)UnlimitedUnlimited360 days
143.90 EURItaly 150 Plus 12 Months150 GB/30 days (1800 GB)12.3 GB/30 days (147.6 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 GB9.85 GB30 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:

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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PosteMobile

PosteMobile Italy Logo
© PosteMobile

To learn about PosteMobile’s frequencies, jump back to Wind Tre’s frequencies (but you will not have 5G NR access).

This is what you will learn about PosteMobile:

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

Coverage – PosteMobile

PosteMobile is a Wind Tre (formerly Wind Italy and Tre Italy) MVNO, meaning PosteMobile uses the Wind Tre network.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with PosteMobile, jump to the Wind Tre Coverage section.

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

SIM Card Price – PosteMobile

You can get a PosteMobile SIM card for 15 EUR with 5 EUR credit or 20 EUR with 10 EUR credit in Poste post offices.

PosteMobile used to have a tourist SIM card called Il Tuo Mondo WOW 15 GB.

However, PosteMobile stopped selling it on the 26th of February.

PosteMobile Italy Il Tuo Mondo WOW 15 GB SIM Card Stopped Sale

It may return in the (near) future, but we will have to see.

You may have to register your PosteMobile SIM card online.

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PosteMobile has no eSIMs.

Just like almost all options in Italy, plan activation fees apply with PosteMobile, which can make a SIM card and plan purchase expensive if you do not plan on staying in Italy for more than a month.

Moreover, note that the Italian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing) and avoid (excessive) plan activation fees, you can go with the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Using one of these travel eSIMs (especially Airalo and Nomad to some extent) is, in many cases, (much) cheaper than getting a PosteMobile SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – PosteMobile

Postemobile top-up vouchers are sold in Poste post offices, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Italy.

To top up your PosteMobile SIM card, call 160 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.

Call 160 to check your PosteMobile balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Postepay app (Android/iOS – yes, that app is not just a mobile wallet).

PosteMobile Italy Postepay App
© PosteMobile

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – PosteMobile

PosteMobile has two data-featured plans: plans (combo) & Internet da Mobile (data).

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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Plans – PosteMobile

The plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Plans can be activated on the Postepay app:

Remember: PosteMobile charges a 10 EUR plan activation fee, which is not included in the prices below

PricePlanDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidity
2 EURPM Super Ricarica1 GBShared with data allowanceN/AN/A1 month
4 EURPosteMobile Super 2020 GB3.28 GBN/AN/A1 month
4.99 EURPosteMobile Super Power 2020 GB4.09 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
6.99 EURCreami EXTRA WOW 5050 GB5.73 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
9.99 EURCreami EXTRA WOW 150150 GB8.19 GBUnlimitedUnlimited1 month
PosteMobile Italy Plans

Internet da Mobile Plans – PosteMobile

The Internet da Mobile plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Internet da Mobile can be activated on the Postepay app:

PriceDataEU/EEA DataValidity
5 EUR3 GBShared with data allowance1 month
10 EUR10 GB5.46 GB1 month
15 EUR30 GB8.2 GB1 month
PosteMobile Italy Internet da Mobile Plans
EU Roaming – PosteMobile

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

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

APN/Internet Settings – PosteMobile

  • Name: PosteMobile WAP
  • APN: wap.postemobile.it

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Tiscali

Tiscali Italy Logo
© Tiscali

To learn about Tiscali’s frequencies, jump back to TIM Italy’s frequencies (but you will not have 5G NR access).

This is what you will learn about Tiscali:

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

Coverage – Tiscali

Tiscali is a TIM Italy MVNO, meaning Tiscali uses the TIM Italy network.

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

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

SIM Card Price – Tiscali

You can get a Tiscali SIM card for 10 EUR from Tiscali dealers.

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Tiscali has no eSIMs.

Just like almost all options in Italy, plan activation fees apply with Tiscali, which can make a SIM card and plan purchase expensive if you do not plan on staying in Italy for more than a month.

Moreover, note that the Italian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM (without personal detail capturing) and avoid (excessive) plan activation fees, you can go with the Italy (Mamma Mia) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Italy Mamma Mia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Italy eSIMs from Nomad.

Italy eSIMs Nomad
Italy Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Italy eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Italy and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Using one of these travel eSIMs (especially Airalo and Nomad to some extent) is, in many cases, (much) cheaper than getting a Tiscali SIM card with a plan due to the high entry costs (SIM card price and plan activation costs).

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

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Tiscali

You can top up your Tiscali SIM card online. Top-up vouchers are not sold.

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

Dial *147# to check your Tiscali balance.

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

Tiscali Italy MyTiscali App
© Tiscali

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Tiscali

Tiscali has literally one data-featured plan (for new customers): Mobile Smart 70.

It is a combo bundle with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

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Mobile Smart 70 can be activated online:

Remember: Tiscali charges a 15 EUR plan activation fee, which is not included in the prices below

PriceDataEU/EEA DataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityDeactivation Code
7.99 EUR70 GB6.54 GBUnlimited100 SMS1 monthsmart70 no

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)

Mobile Smart 70 auto-renews. To disable auto-renewal, text smart70 no to 4130.

Tiscali Italy Mobile Smart 70 Plan
EU Roaming – Tiscali

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

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

APN/Internet Settings – Tiscali

  • Name: TISCALI INTERNET
  • APN: tiscalimobileinternet

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Very Mobile

Very Mobile Italy Logo
© Very Mobile

To learn about Very Mobile’s frequencies, jump back to Wind Tre (formerly Wind Italy and Tre Italy)’s frequencies (but you will not have 5G NR access, and your speeds will be restricted to 30 Mbps).

This is what you will learn about Very Mobile:

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

Coverage – Very Mobile

Very Mobile is a Wind Tre (budget) sub-brand, meaning Very Mobile uses the Wind Tre network.

To find out what to expect in terms of coverage with Very Mobile, jump to the Wind Tre Coverage section.

Note that you will not have 5G NR access with Very Mobile (unlike going with Wind Tre directly).

SIM Card Price – Very Mobile

You can get a Very Mobile SIM card for 9.99 EUR from Very Mobile dealers. However, they are sometimes available for 1.99 EUR during promotions.

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