We all know the pain of roaming charges when traveling abroad. Lucky for you Europeans out there, Roaming charges were dropped in 2017. This means you can use your plan when traveling abroad in Europe! But what about those of you arriving in Italy from the US or even as far as Australia? With some quick steps, you can be hooked up to 4g in no time! Here’s how with our guide on How to Get a Sim Card in Italy!
Step 1 – Unlock Your Phone!
Many phones are sold “locked”. This means that if you buy your phone through your provider, the phone will only tend to work with a sim-card form that provider. Example: Bought your phone through Verizon? Without unlocking your phone, your phone will only tend to take Verizon sim cards. But, Verizon does not exists in Italy. So, what do you do?
Unlocking your phone can be done in a number of different ways. If you have bought your phone from the Apple store, it will be unlocked. Also, many service providers will unlock your phone for free, especially once your contract has finished with them. All you need to do is give them a call and ask them what details they need from you. Below are a few provider examples and the steps to unlock your phone with them.
Luckily, Verizon 4g devices are unlocked from the get-go. For older models, you can call their support line to start the process: 888-294-6804.
AT&T have an online form you need to fill out to get the process going.
For other phone providers, contact their helpline and ask about the possibilities to unlock your phone. We recommend always unlocking your phone through your service provider. Do not immediately trust independent tech shops that claim they can unlock your phone for a small fee.
It’s important to note that in Australia, many providers charge a fee for unlocking your device . This could be anything from $25-80.
Step 2 – Choosing the Right Plan
The following providers are most popular in Italy, especially with pay as you go sim deals: Vodafone, TIM, WIND and 3 (Three). You’ll be able to find all of these shops any big city as Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples etc. What’s important to note is that you will need to bring a form of I.D. with you, preferably a passport, when buying a local sim in Italy.
The Roman Guy has a ton of experience organizing sim cards for visitors in Italy. Adam, who works in The Roman Guy’s Italy Trip Planning Department says:
Our number one provider for sim cards has to be TIM. They are easy to work with and you can generally find someone in their stores that speaks English and is willing to help.
TIM offer a wide range of deals too, which means they have something for everyone. You can find their stores in any major city in Italy and can even buy their sim cards online!
Step 3 – Topping Up
Once you’ve purchased your pay-as-you-go SIM, you can top it up on the go! This can be done by downloading the providers app, or by visiting tabacchi stores (look for the bit blue and white T on the street) or supermarkets.
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