Italy: recommendation for prepaid nanonsim?

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  1. Derek87 macrumors 6502

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    hi, hope this isn't too off topic: i'm going to Italy next week and would love to hear recommendations on carriers and places to buy an inexpensive nanonsim for my iPhone 5 (unlocked) for both voice calls and data.

    is it hard to make this purchase with minimal (or no) Italian skills. any recommended shops that would be easier for someone with only a phrasebook/app to assist?

    i'll be there a couple weeks and have modest needs. (at home, i use about 600mb per month, so i don't need a huge plan and i'm guessing anything over 200mb of data would be more than sufficient)

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. mitico macrumors member

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    Go to a TIM dealer,put down on a piece of paper the bonus you need and the dates you arrive/leave. To find dealers with "Il telefonino" sign is best as they are more realiable.
     
  3. mitico macrumors member

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    TUTTO COMPRESO INTERNET SETTIMANALE (all included internet weekly),10€ per week you get:unlimited calls to both landlines and mobiles in Italy,unlimited text,500Mb of web surfing.:)
     
  4. Derek87 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thank you! this is so helpful. i'm there nominally for just about 1 week so this should be perfect!

    that's a great deal!
     
  5. mitico macrumors member

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    Good enough:). Price for the nanosim card would be 10€ (you get 5€ credit included). APN would be:wap.tim.it .
     
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Also, try to find a store near an airport or train station. I found that the closer to those you are, the better the store employees are at speaking English.

    I bough a SIM card in the small town of Vinci and it was definitely a lot more challenging than the things I'd done in the more touristy areas! (The big hurdle was that they didn't understand I only wanted data without any calling minutes. We eventually figured it out.)

    The most important things to learn are "Thank You" (gràh-tzee), "No Thank You" (No gràh-tzee), and "How much does this cost?" (kwahn-toh kos-tah). Get those (and your basic numbers) and you'll at least be seen as polite even if you fumble over other words.
     
  7. mitico macrumors member

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    Vinci is in Tuscany where Leonardo da Vinci was born..
     
  8. Derek87 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is "nanosim" something recognized or is there an italian term for that?
     
  9. JackDaRos macrumors newbie

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    Yes, it's nanosim. If they don't understand show them the iPhone.
     
  10. Derek87 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks!

    hi all,

    thanks to all who responded. i just got back. i ended up going with Tre but it worked out just fine for where i was (i.e., coverage was more than adequate): $8 for nanosim and $5 for 500 minutes (including calling the US) and 1GB of data. with the bigger shop nearby closed, i was stuck with the Tre network and this offering since the place i bought it from was limited in what they had available, but being able to call the US turned out to be very helpful and i am still blown away by how inexpensive the service was.
     

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