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SIM Card for Italy

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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 500 outgoing minutes within Italy

Includes 350 minutes to the USA/Canada

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

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Introduction

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.

Data

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 Prepaid Recharge
only $19.00 for 10 Euros of credit

Add an additional 10 Euros of credit for international calls.

Italy 28 Day Service Bundle
only $59.00

10GB of data, 850 minutes of calls within Italy and 10 Euros of credit for calls to the US/Canada.

Italy SIM Card starstarstarstarstar 4.2

Yes you can recharge in Florence

LTO from Toronto

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

I know that the post complaining about recharging in Florence was old post but I travel there regularly and you can certainly buy Uno Mobile recharge vouchers at Carrefour Markets which I have done many times. It is not a well-known carrier and the person at the cash register may say they have never heard of it, but have them look it up. I have also purchased at the general Tobacco stores which sell for all carriers.

Pros

  • Good Value

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional

Worked very well in Italy

SoCalRobt from Los Angeles, CA

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

Easy to install and get up and running. But wait until you are in your destination country before trying it out. The service worked pretty much as advertised. We used it exclusively in Italy, and it worked just fine. Only lack of service occurred in the rural mountain areas, and that was to be expected. The only real problem was that I could not monitor my data plan usage. We had purchased the basic 1 gigabyte data plan, but whenever I went to check how much I had used, or what was left, I would only get a black screen with the letters "tba" displayed. When I installed the SIM card, and checked the handset's (an iPhone 4S) Access Point name, it displayed "iphone.vodaphone.it" I reset it to what the instructions indicated, "web.unomobile.it" Everything seemed to work, we could access our USA email, and surf the web. We were in Italy for 3 weeks. When we made the initial order we paid for additional cellphone minutes. We were careful to minimize our calling out from our cellphone, and we utilized free Wi-Fi at hotels and restaurants as much as possible. All that being said, the service worked very well indeed and with little stress or effort on our part. We would definitely recommend it to others, and would use it again in the future.

Cons

  • Hard To Monitor Usage

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Personal Phone
  • Rural Areas
  • Travel
  • Work Phone

Describe Yourself

  • Practical

Great Product

Frequent Flyer from Miami, Fl

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

I was in Italy for 20 days, the SIM card worked perfectly all over the country. I used it the entire west coast of the country and also some rural areas. I never lost coverage. I installed the SIM card here in the U.S. And when I arrived in Italy the phone was working immediately.

Pros

  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional

Perfect !

John from San Francisco

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

Simply fantastic !

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage
  • Lots Of Options

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Personal Phone
  • Rural Areas
  • Travel
  • Work Phone

Uno Mobile not well known in Italy

tombinitaly from Colorado

starstarstarstarstar 2 - not recommended

Instructions for configuring the data plan were complicated, if ultimately successful if you aren't afraid of the guts of your phone.

Realize that the data plan is 3G and is painfully slow.

1Mobile is not a popular service provider in Italy, as witnessed by my inability to purchase a recharge from any of the places listed in the documentation. I finally bought $25 of minutes through Cellular One (the least they offered--but far more than I'd use in a week). While it's not their fault my phone was stolen right after that, the inflexibility of the recharge options left a bad taste in my mouth.

After my phone was stolen, I was unable to access their customer service/support from an Italian land line. I called multiple times, and there was always a busy signal and never an answer. And yes, I know how to make phone calls from an Italian land line.

I finally sent a desparate e-mail about the theft and the need to brick my phone and promptly got an automated e-mail response that someone would respond within 48 hours!

Luckily they cancelled my service earlier than that, but the lack of access to their customer service was stressful and frustrating.

Years ago, I bought a TIM Sim card from Cellular One, and it worked perfectly in Italy. The experience this time--even before the theft--was fraught with frustration.

Cons

  • Costly Recharge Thru Phon
  • Couldn't Check Data Use
  • Data Plan Was 3g Slow
  • Hard To Find A Recharge C
  • No Landline Phone Support

Pros

  • Inexpensive

Describe Yourself

  • Experienced Traveler
  • Gearhead
  • Practical

Service Carrier Poorly Known in Italy

Franco from Boston

starstarstarstarstar 3 - not recommended

I traveled to Florence, Italy last month; when I went to add more "talk time" to my phone, to my surprise, I discovered that there was not one place in Florence who could sell me a Uno Mobile/Carrefour recharge. Went to ten different places; they had every other carrier but this. 8 of the 10 had never even heard of Uno Mobile/Carrefour. Even worse, none of my Italian friends or relatives had heard of it. I was able to recharge in Rome. But the fact that I could not do so in Fllorence, a major city, was really troubling. I would NOT purchase this deal again.

Cellular Abroad Response
Uno Mobile is a sub brand of Vodafone. The way it works in Italy is that the recharge vouchers are generated on a machine. In sum, if the vendor sells one brand, they sell them all. The problem can be that if a foreigner comes in and asks for a voucher, and perhaps mispronouncing the name "Uno Mobile," the vendor will assume that the traveler needs a non-Italian top up. If you write the name of the brand (Uno Mobile) on a piece of paper and have them check, 100% they will find it in all places they sell top ups.

Cons

  • Poor Coverage

Pros

  • Good Value

Best Uses

  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Practical

21 days in Italy

Cap from Niagara Falls Ontario, Canada

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

Sim card was great but unfortunately somehow the phone pocket dialled and we used most of our minutes. Thank goodness this was on the last few days as I did not have enough time left to order more minutes.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Rural Areas
  • Travel

some cons

Kothar from Highland Park, NJ

starstarstarstarstar 3 - recommended

The locked keypad is a pain, especially because the long press unlock fails half the time. You have to hit exactly the right spot.

But there is a bigger problem. You dial a number and you get the error message: numero inesistente o momentaneamente inaccesibile (or something like that). I am absolutely certain that something is wrong. I had the chance to try one of these numbers sitting face to face with a friend whose phone was lying right there on the table. I dialed his number, showed it to him on the little screen of my phone for verification, then called him, and got the message just quoted.

Worked Well

J from Rochester, NY

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

Product worked as advertised. I purchased extra minutes when I bought the SIM card and phone; however, I didn't realize the enclosed voucher was for these minutes until I ran out of minutes in a middle of a call to the US. As best I can tell there was no explanation indicating I had to use the voucher to load the pre-purchased minutes to the phone. I did that while in Italy before I learned by email from support that this was the case. So, if you purchase extra minutes before you leave be sure to use the voucher when you get to your destination. There are no directions to do so as best as I can tell.

Cons

  • International from US
  • Not much cheaper

Pros

  • Good Coverage

Best Uses

  • Local Calls

Describe Yourself

  • Traveler

Mi-fi for Italian travelers

Chef from Bristol,VT

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

Amazing product Internet every where in Tuscany! In the car, hotel,restaurants!

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Rural Areas
  • Travel

Good way to go.

Jim not a runner from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

It is much easier than trying to get a phone locally, but it costs more, too. It is a good way to go for someone who has never been here before. You pay for what you get, the ability to get a phone without a lot of hassle.

Cons

  • Costs more than locally

Pros

  • Easier than buying here

Best Uses

  • Works anywhere

Describe Yourself

  • Unsavvy traveler

Thank you

Limey from banner elk, NC

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

made keeping in touch with family in US easy,thanks

Pros

  • English speaking reps
  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage
  • Recharge easy at tabacci

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Rural Areas
  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional

..wouldn't use anyone else ..

Cali Girl from San Diego, CA

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

..worked like a dream, great reception calling to U.S., easy to add minutes!

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage
  • Lots Of Options

Best Uses

  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional

Works fine

BJ from Portsmouth, NH

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

I bought the least expensive phone with SIM card for Italy that I could find so that I would have access to a phone when needed during a two-month stay in Sicily. It has worked perfectly. I use it only for short calls to the landlord or to make dinner/hotel reservations, and it has served me very well.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Using the cellphone in Italy

Happy Wanderer from Rome, Italy

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

Locals said to us either 00 or the plus before calling all numbers in Italy. This differed from the directions that came with the SIM card, but the advicefrom the locals was worked.

Cellular Abroad Response
This is correct, you can use the + or 00 to make local calls. Our instructions specifying to dial directly without the + or the 0 are also correct. In sum, either method works.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Very good coverage

Soccer Mom from San Francisco

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

My daughter has been in Italy for a couple of months now. I am impressed by the quality of the signal, even when she was in a rural area of the Dolomites. It is reassuring to know she has a reliable product. Thanks!!

Pros

  • Good Value

Best Uses

  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Parent

I would use this product again

Mu Mike from Italy

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

We used our phone while we traveled around Italy. We had no problems with our coverage.

Cons

  • No Gps

Pros

  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Cities

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional

Peace of mind

New World Travelers from Novi MI

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

We purchased the package just for the "peace of mind" of having some type of communication with "home" without having the roaming charges of our personal cell phones. Though we hardly used it, it again gave us "peace of mind" that we had good communication at a local level.

Pros

  • Good Value

Describe Yourself

  • Practical

A lifesaver traveling abroad

Li from Phx, AZ

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

It was great for getting connected with "can't find the hotel", shuttle pickups, etc.

Cons

  • Some Misleading Info
  • Sometimes Poor Coverage

Pros

  • Good Value

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Personal Phone

Describe Yourself

  • Practical

SIMPLE AND EASY!

E from Austin, Texas

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

It couldn't have been simpler, when I travel I don't want to be bothered with my personal phone so this certainly was a great value and I only used it for the calls I needed to while in Italy.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage
  • Lots Of Options

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Personal Phone
  • Rural Areas
  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional
  • Practical

no thinking necessary

kathy from buffalo,ny

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

my cell did not have service in Italy, and I was not going unless I could call my kids! This is a perfect uption, and was extremely easy to use.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Parent

Good deal

Chris from Milwaukee, WI

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

Great product. Worked well in Italy and delivery and return made easy.

Pros

  • Good Value

Best Uses

  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Practical

Needed to add phone numbers to use<

Mary from Massachusetts

starstarstarstarstar 3 - recommended

Happy I was able to call home but had to enter all phone numbers in there phonebook in order to use it. The phone did NOT ring for whatever reason. It was good to be able to call home and family.

Pros

  • Good Value

Best Uses

  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Practical

The Phone worked as advertised

World Traveler from Detroit, MI

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

We used the phone to stay in touch with family and business associates at home in the USA and to locate our tour guide if we got separated.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Personal Phone
  • Travel
  • Work Phone

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional
  • Parent

No hassles and easy to use!

Laura from Rhode island

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

Great products and easy to,use. We rented two phones and had no problems. We started with a base amount of minutes but should have purchased more , as we ran out and had to order minutes. No problems with ordering however. Would recommend cellular abroad to my friends.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage
  • No Hassles While In Europ

Best Uses

  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Parent

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.

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