SIM Card for Italy
Roaming Rates within the EU to EU numbers
0.06 € to receive a call
0.23 € to make a call
Free to receive texts
0.07 € to send a text
Roaming Rates within the EU to North American numbers
0.06 € to receive
3 Euros per minute outgoing
Free to receive texts
0.07 € to send a text
Data Roaming in the EU
0.24 € per MB
While this is not a terribly high rate for data roaming, there are ways to save money. Try using a texting app such as WhatsApp for texting and of course, when and if free Wi Fi is available, we recommend you use that - unless you are doing online banking or any other activity where using a secure internet source is necessary.
Includes 10GB of high speed data
Includes 850 outgoing minutes within Italy
Low call rates to North America (see below for details)
Add-on US Number - $19 for 6 hours of incoming calls (available upon checkout)
Includes an Italian number with free voice mail
Includes unlimited calling to other Uno Mobile cell phones
Free incoming calls or texts from anywhere
Pay as you go service - no bills! - Vodafone Service and Coverage!
3 in 1 SIM card nano/micro/mini fits all phones
Listen to an Overview
Our Italy SIM cards have been specifically created to fit the needs of Americans and Canadians traveling to Italy who need to have cellular and data service. Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-mobile's roaming rates are expensive and/or their data speeds are painfully slow. If you are looking for exceptional cellular coverage and service for your trip to Italy, simply put our Italian SIM card in your unlocked device and enjoy almost limitless data and calling capabilities. The SIM card includes10GB of mobile data, 500 calls within Italy and 350 calls to the USA or Canada. Your service will be ready to use as soon as you land in Italy but please note that you will need to email us the activation data along with a copy of either your passport or driver's license (sorry, Italian law!). The SIM card includes an Italian phone number with the option of adding a US phone number (and/or keeping your current number). Please note that while the SIM card is good for 2 years, the included credit last 28 days from the start of your trip. If your trip is longer than 28 days, you will need to add an additional 28 day bundle, which will renew your plan and hence add another 10GB of data, 500 minutes of local calls and 350 minutes to the US or Canada. While, in theory, you can text, this will use up your credit to call North America and therefore we highly recommend that you use a texting app that relies on data if you want to text. Texting apps, such as WhatsAapp and iMessage, use nominal amounts of data allowing you to send thousands of text messages given the 10GB data allotment.
The carrier is Vodafone (the largest carrier in Italy and the second largest in the world) and provides excellent coverage and data speeds throughout Italy, including Sicily, Sardinia and virtually anywhere else in Italy. Italian law requires you to provide us a scanned picture of the photo page of your passport or valid driver's license for registration.
Many travelers rely heavily on mobile data. Mobile data is a convenient way for you to check your emails, browse the web, Skype and use useful travel apps such as, iMessage, Google Maps or Voice Translator or to research a restaurant or to buy museum tickets without having to search for Wi Fi, which is often unavailable and is never secure. Our Italian SIM card offers 10GB of high speed data. 10GB is virtually an unlimited amount of mobile data for the vast majority of travelers but to learn how much data you typically use, contact your carrier to check how much you typically use per month.
US Number Add-on
In addition to the Italian phone number provided with the SIM card, you can add-on a US phone number. This option allows you to forward your current phone number to the new one and therefore to keep your US number. Many travelers, specifically those on vacation, do not want anyone and everyone to be able to reach them on their usual number and will just give their important contacts the new US number. This option is just $19 for 6 hours of incoming calls for 30 days. Addition bundles are available at the same price. Please not this option does not forward text messages.
Virtually Unlimited Data
Travelers tend to use more data abroad then back home. You can rely on GPS to map out your trip, instantly book accommodations online, check your emails and stay in touch with back home via WhatsApp, Skype or other apps. Our SIM card comes with 10GB of data at 3G speeds, which is more than enough for the vast majority of travelers. The initial data package is valid for up to 28 days. Hence, if your trip is more than 28 days, you will need to top up your SIM card for $59 which will renew your data plan as well as your call plan.
In Italy, Free Wi Fi is rarely available. In addition, Wi Fi is never secure thus exposing users to identity and password theft which is certainly not what you want to happen anywhere, particularly while on vacation.
Recharge Vouchers & Add-ons
While many travelers, particularly those who purchase a bundle, find that they have more than enough call credit for their trip, some need more outgoing minutes. You can purchase additional call credit at over 60,000 stores and tabacs in Italy or you can purchase more through Cellular Abroad together with your SIM card or during your trip. Please note that call and data bundles and the US number add-on must be ordered together with your SIM card.
Italy SIM card FAQs
Will the Italy SIM card work with my phone?
As long as your cell phone is unlocked and has the 900 and 1800 Mhz bands, it is compatible with your phone with voice and as long as it has the 2100 3G networks, it is compatible with data. Most smartphones are compatible with Italian SIM cards in terms of the bands. Verizon smartphones are always unlocked, phones purchased directly from Apple are always unlocked but most phones from other carriers are locked.
How do I know if my phone is unlocked?
You cannot tell physically if your cell phone is unlocked. If you are with AT&T and you put a different SIM card (such as T-Mobile) in and it picks up a network, it is unlocked. Conversely, if you put another SIM card in and it says, "enter subsidy code" or similar, it is locked. Call your carrier to check to see if your phone is unlocked or if it qualifies for being unlocked. Please note that all Verizon iPhone 5, 6, 7, 8 and X are unlocked and all phones purchased directly through Apple are unlocked.
Do you offer micro and nano SIM cards?
Yes we do. The Italian SIM card is a 3-1 SIM card meaning, you can just snap it out to fit your phone.
How do I know if I need a micro SIM card, a nano SIM card or a standard Italian SIM card?
It is not easy to discern the size of the SIM card by looking at it as the sizes vary literally only by fractions of an inch. The best way to check to see what SIM card you need is to Google "SIM card size". Regardless, our SIM card will fit any phone or device.
Why don't I just purchase a SIM card when I get to Italy?
Purchasing a SIM card for your phone when you arrive in Italy is inconvenient. Most people do not want to cut into their vacation time in order to do so. Plus, they want to have the phone number before they leave and their phone available to use as soon as they arrive. In addition, the Uno Mobile SIM card has better rates and bundles than SIM cards available in Italy as well as features such as a US number add on, and, has English instructions and English speaking customer service.
Can I buy the Uno Mobile SIM card in Italy?
The particular version of the SIM card we sell has been specifically tailored for English speaking travelers and is not available in Italy. Cellular Abroad is the exclusive reseller in the United States and Canada and has been since 2008.
How good is the coverage?
In a word; excellent. The SIM card uses Vodafone which is the second largest carrier in the world. As a rule of thumb, as long as there are roads that are traveled on and houses where people live, there is coverage, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.
Where can I get more talk time?
You can get additional call credit either through Cellular Abroad or through any café or tabac in Italy. Ask for a recharge voucher for Uno Mobile.
Will it work as soon as I land in Italy?
Yes but remember to follow instructions regarding activating your SIM. The SIM card comes with activation instructions.
Does it work outside of Italy?
Yes but you will incur roaming rates. Unless you are taking a short trip outside of Italy (ex. Switzerland for the day), we don't recommend roaming with your SIM card.
How much will it cost people in the USA/Canada to call me on my Italian number?
That depends on their plan. A great option is to add the "US Number" feature to your service. Each $19 will give you 360 minutes of incoming calls on a US number.
Can I keep my usual number?
Yes you can. Purchase the US Number add on and forward your current number to the new one (ask your carrier what the procedure is). This is ideal for business travelers who need to be reached at all times but is also a double edged sword for travelers going for a bit of rest and relaxation as anyone who calls your usual number will reach you. Another option is just to give a select few your new US number.
Can I use the SIM card next year when I go to Italy?
Yes. As long as you add call credit at least once every 2 years, you can retain your number and service.
More questions? Call us at 800.287.5072 and we will be glad to be of assistance.