SIM Card for Italy
Roaming Rates with the EU
The Uno Mobile SIM card does allow you to use it outside of Italy. However, you should do so with caution as the rates can be very high. If you are roaming outside of Italy but calling and texting within the EU, the rates are the following; 0,23 € to make a call, 0,06 € to receive a call, 0,07 € to make a text and free to receive. However, if you are calling to the United States or Canada, calls are 3 Euros to make (but still 0,06 € to receive). Texting to North America is only 0,07 € per text. Hence, it makes sense for the person in North America to initiate the call whenever possible.
Data roaming in the EU is 24,4 €cent/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.
Pay as you go service - no bills!
Most extensive cellular coverage in Italy - (Vodafone)
Includes 110 outgoing anywhere minutes or texts
Includes 240 outgoing minutes within Italy
Free incoming calls or texts from anywhere
An Italian number with free voice mail
Add-on Data Bundles (3G speed) - $49 1GB / $79 2GB
Listen to an Overview
Our SIM cards for Italy have been designed specifically for the needs of English speaking travelers to Italy who need affordable, reliable and easy to use cellular service. The service is on the Vodafone network (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. The Uno Mobile SIM card, available in standard, micro and nano sizes, comes ready to use and, unlike other Italian SIM cards including TIM, Wind or even other Vodafone SIMs, does not have inconvenient registration requirements such as having to submit a copy of your passport. The initial SIM card includes 110 minutes of outgoing calls within Europe or back to the US and Canada and 240 minutes for making calls within Italy. You can purchase additional talk time as needed and, if you need internet, we offer two data bundles, a 1GB bundle and a 2GB bundle. Both data bundles offer 3G speeds. If you need to either keep your current number or give people a new US number, you can add a US number to your Italian SIM card. In sum, the Uno Mobile SIM card gives you more options and flexibility than your current provider at significantly lower prices.
If you need extra call credit, you can add 110 minutes of outgoing calls anywhere in Italy or Europe and back to the USA and Canada. All incoming calls are always free. Each 110 minutes of calls is $26.
If you require data, you can add either a 1GB data bundle or a 2GB data bundle. This will enable you to check your emails, browse the web, Skype and use useful travel apps such as Google Maps or Voice Translator or to research a restaurant or to buy museum tickets. The data bundles are available during check out.
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 up to 360 minutes of incoming calls for 30 days. Addition bundles are available at the same price.
|How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For Italy Compare to Your Current Carrier?|
|Calls to N. America||$0.12||$1.29||$1.29||$1.29||$1.49|
|1 GB Data(3G)||$49||$150||$250||$2,355||N/A**|
|* AT&T, Verizon and Sprint rates exclude tax which is approximately 20% of the value. In addition, our solution is not a roaming solution and therefore is more reliable and faster.
** T-Mobile does not offer 3G in Italy.
Italy Data Plan
The option data plan add on for the Italy SIM card is a great way to have data capabilities while in Italy. Italy seldom has locations that offer free Wi Fi. 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. Having data access anytime and anywhere is a great way to help make your trip more enjoyable. Download Google Maps and guidebooks on your phone or find reviews on the fly for that restaurant you happen to stumble on. We also highly recommend using WhatsApp for text messaging and even for calling In addition, there are voice translators that will help you communicate with the locals. 1GB of 3G speed data is just $49 or 2GB's if $79.
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.
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 and iPhone 6 are unlocked.
Do you offer micro and nano SIM cards?
Yes we do. They are available during checkout.
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" and the brand and model of your phone. All iPhone 5 and 6s are nano and most Samsung Galaxy handsets are micro.
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. 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 Sardegna.
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?
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.