If you are planning a trip to Italy and looking for the best mobile internet deal, then hopefully this article will help. Finding an an affordable prepaid internet date simcard is quite straightforward in Italy, with a range of great offers. I have presented to you below the best options for having decent internet in Italy.
1. Get the Skyroam Solis
I’m a big fan of Skyroam Solis– think of it as a mobile wifi device ( which you can share with upto 5 other people travelling with you ) + it also doubles up as a charger thanks to its 6000 mah battery.
A really cool travel gadget to have and it works in over 100 countries across the world including Germany so it is a pretty neat gadget to have for any global traveller.
You can buy 1 GB of data ( unlimited, 4G speeds) for $9 a month and for extra GB of data, it costs $9.
The device itself costs $149.99 which is major upfront investment and on top of that you just pay for the data you use.
2. Get your phone unlocked and use a local simcard
This is strategy that a lot of my friends follow. Contrary to what people say, it is perfectly legal to unlock your phone in the UK. I would ask your network first. There are some internet based companies and local shops that will offer to unlock your phone but the costs they charge can be extortionate. My advice-You are best going to network in the first place. Avoid the cowboys.
Buying a internet only simcard in Italy- the best deal?
If your phone is unlocked it is simply the case of buying and inserting a local simcard. To buy a simcard you will need to have a form of identity, ideally your passport. Mention that you are a tourist-should be no need to provide a physical address.
In Italy, your best bet is going with TIM.
TIM are offering for 30 days 15GB of data plus 200 minutes talk time ( In Italy and Abroad ) for a one-off payment of €20
You can buy the code online from the TIM website-they will send a code to your email address which you can present at the TIM shop to get you simcard. Alternatively you can buy it directly from any TIM shop in Italy.
The other option for affordable internet in Italy is a brand new company called Illiad.
They are currently offering a staggering 180GB for just €10 ( with a €10 activation fee) So effectively €20.
Their coverage is not as good as TIM but it is a really good offer.
This offer is only available at Illiad stores in Italy.
Remember to bring your passport for registration.
3. Phone locked? Buy an unlocked mifi device
If your phone is locked to a network, I suggest buying an unlocked mifi device.
These devices last for 6 hours and can connect upto 10 internet devices, download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and upload speed up to 50 Mbps ( if you get a 4G simcard )
It’s an initial steep investment but pays off on subsequent trips abroad when you can just plug in a local internet data sim and off you go…..
I recommend this Huawei mifi device which has been great for me, compatible with 4G simcards and currently costs £79.99 at the Amazon store. It lasts upto 6 hours on full charge and you can connect 3 devices to the device.
Once you’ve got the internet device, all you have to do is find a prepaid simcard with a flat internet data plan, and pop into the device as show in the picture above.
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