My Experience Getting an Italian Data SIM Card

Every year I go to Italy and the last few years, I have simply put one of the TIM data SIM cards into my iPad from Cellular Abroad, the company that I founded well over 10 years ago. This time, I asked someone in our company that is in another department to set up my iPad, someone who has a different job description than setting up SIM cards (I didn’t want to bother the tech department as it was a very busy day). Low and behold, when I arrived in Italy, the iPad wasn’t recognizing the SIM. Apparently, it was cut incorrectly. I went to the TIM store and, after waiting in line for a while, they told me that I needed a new SIM card. I could get a replacement but I had to have the serial number of the SIM, which I didn’t have. Had I had it, they could have given me a replacement for a small fee. Since I didn’t have it, I just said I would buy a new SIM. They asked for my codice fiscale, which is like a social security number. Anyone can get this online. It can be generated for free in 10 seconds by going to www.codicefiscale.com. They asked for a document so I gave them my driver’s license but unfortunately, they needed a passport, which I didn’t have with me.
Moral of the story, yes, you can certainly get a data SIM card directly in Italy but it is a bit of a hassle to do so, despite the fact that I speak Italian like an Italian. And this is why we have so many customers that purchase an Italian data SIM card from Cellular Abroad.

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About Sebastian Harrison

Founder and President of Cellular Abroad and travel writer.
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  1. Viranjan Viduranga on said:

    Hi

    I purchased a SIM card in Italy to use Europe countries. Unfortunately I used only Italy. Barcelona , nice , Madrid Porto it didn’t work at all. Now I’m in Paris same problem here as well. Please help me to sort this issue.how to check my mobile number and how to change in to English language. When I purchased at the shop the lady said yes the app . That’s all. But to use the app need a mobile number.Please help ASAP

    Regards

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