PrePaidGSM > Operators > Italy

ITALY

Useful things to know:
Prefix: +39
Italy
Money: Euro
Electricity: 230V - 50Hz
Time Zone: GMT+1 (CET)

GSM and 3G Operators

Telecom Italia Mobile
TIM Prepaid Card Name: Prepagata (128k)
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 10.00/5.00
Card Validity after activation: 12+1 months
Net Frequency: GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100
Logo, Net Code: I TIM, 222 01
Coverage Map: official site
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 27/08/14
Vodafone Omnitel N.V.
Vodafone Prepaid Card Name: Sim@ctiva (128k)
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 10.00/5.00
Card Validity after activation: 11+1 months
Net Frequency: GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100
Logo, Net Code: vodafone IT, I OMNI, 222 10
Coverage Map: official site
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 27/08/14
Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A.
Wind Prepaid Card Name: My Personal Sim (64k)
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 10.00/5.00
Card Validity after activation: 12 months
Net Frequency: GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100
Logo, Net Code: I Wind, 222 88
Coverage Map: official site
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 27/08/14
Hutchison 3G Italia S.p.A.
3 Prepaid Card Name: Ricaricabile
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 10.00/3.00
Card Validity after activation: 12 months
Net Frequency: W-CDMA 900/2100 (plus GSM roaming on TIM)
Logo, Net Code: 3 ITA, 222 99
Coverage Map: official site
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 27/08/14

Virtual Operators

There are no "real MVNOs" in Italy, except Nòverca and Poste Mobile, but just ESP, i.e. service providers closely linked to the network operators.

Nòverca
Nòverca Prepaid Card Name: Nòverca Extended Sim
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 15.00/15.00
Card Validity after activation: 12+1 months
Net Frequency: MVNO on GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100
Logo, Net Code: Nòverca, 222 01
Network: TIM
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 28/08/14
COOP Italia (CoopVoce)
Coop.Voce Prepaid Card Name: Facile Coop, Veloce Coop (128k)
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 5.00/5.00
Card Validity after activation: 24+1 months
Net Frequency: MVNO on GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100
Logo, Net Code: COOP, 222 01
Network: TIM
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 28/08/14
Tiscali Mobile
Tiscali Prepaid Card Name: Tiscali 6 - Tiscali 9 Senza Scatto
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 20.00/20.00
Card Validity after activation: 12+1 months
Net Frequency: MVNO on GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100
Logo, Net Code: tiscali.mobile, 222 01
Network: TIM
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 28/08/14
Poste Mobile
Poste Mobile Prepaid Card Name: Poste Mobile
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 15.00/15.00
Card Validity after activation: 11+1 months
Net Frequency: MVNO on GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100 (HSDPA)
Logo, Net Code: Poste Mobile, 222 10
Network: Wind
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 25/01/12
ERG Mobile
ERG Mobile Prepaid Card Name: ERG Mobile
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 5.00/5.00
Card Validity after activation: 11+1 months
Net Frequency: MVNO on GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100
Logo, Net Code: ERG Mobile, 222 10
Network: Vodafone
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 12/01/12
Carrefour Italia (UNO Mobile)
1mobile Prepaid Card Name: UNO Mobile
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 4.99/5.00
Card Validity after activation: 11+1 months
Net Frequency: MVNO on GSM 900/1800
Logo, Net Code: UNO Mobile, 222 10
Network: Vodafone
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 29/11/12
Fastweb
Fastweb Prepaid Card Name: SimPATY
Activation Fee/Credit included: € ???
Card Validity after activation: ???
Net Frequency: MVNO on W-CDMA 2100 plus national roaming on TIM GSM
Logo, Net Code: Fastweb, 222 99
Network: 3 ITA
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 28/08/14

"Ethnic" MVNOs

Lycamobile S.R.L.
Lycamobile Prepaid Card Name: Lycamobile
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 5.00/5.00
Card Validity after activation: 12+1 months
Net Frequency: MVNO on W-CDMA 2100 plus national roaming on TIM GSM
Logo, Net Code: Lycamobile, 222 99
Network: 3 ITA
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 27/08/14
BT Mobile (British Telecom)
BT mobile Prepaid Card Name: That's My World BT Mobile Prepaid
Activation Fee/Credit included: ???
Card Validity after activation: ???
Net Frequency: MVNO on GSM 900/1800, W-CDMA 2100
Logo, Net Code: BT mobile, 222 10
Network: Vodafone
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 24/01/12
DIGI.Mobil Italia (RCS&RDS)
DIGI mobil Prepaid Card Name: DIGI.Mobil
Activation Fee/Credit included: € 5.00/5.00
Card Validity after activation: 6 months
Net Frequency: MVNO on W-CDMA 2100 plus national roaming on TIM GSM
Logo, Net Code: DIGI.mobil, 222 99
Network: 3 ITA
Prepaid offer: click here
Last update: 19/01/12

Codice Fiscale, what's that?

In Italy you cannot buy any prepaid mobile sim-card without having a "codice fiscale". What's that? In English it sounds like "fiscal code", it's a unique code for each person in Italy (and in theory in the World), which identifies that person for the Italian Fiscal department. You need the CF for any registration in Italy, and it's the same for sim-cards, both pre and postpaid. How can a foreign person buy a sim-card, so? There are 2 way a "perfectly legal one" (and I'm not sure it works) and a "fast one". If you speak Italian and are ready for some bureocracy go here and look for the closest "Agenzia delle entrate" in Italy, then go there with your passport and you should (not sure about it) get a "legal" Codice Fiscale.

The "fast way" is much easier: go to this site, it's in Italian, but don't worry, it's not difficult to understand, since I'll translate that for you! ;-)

Cognome: surname
Nome: name
Sesso: sex (m=male, f=female)
Comune di nascita (o Stato estero): this is the hardest thing to do! You have to write the name of your country, but you have to do it in Italian! i.e. United States is Stati Uniti, New Zealand is Nuova Zelanda, Germany is Germania, Greece is Grecia, and so on. You can use Babelfish to translate your country's name into Italian, it should work.
Prov.: if you are not Italian just write EE
Data di Nascita: birthdate (giorno=day, mese=month, anno=year)

At this point you just have to click on "Calcola il tuo Codice Fiscale" and you finally have your own CF! I suggest you to print the page and keep it with you, you shouldn't have any problem to buy a prepaid card now, and if you have, it's not your fault, but it's some Italian dealer that cannot do his/her job well! And it happens...

Blu Ipse2000

BLU and IPSE2000: the future that will not be! :-(

The GSM/DCS operator Blu has stopped all its activities and its assets have been sold to TIM, Voda, Wind and H3G: since October 2002 it is not possible to buy any prepaid card from this operator anymore. Blu customers have been moved to Wind till the end February, when all Blu activities have been stopped.
IPSE2000 should have been Italian first 3G operator to lauch its services at the end of 2002, but instead it's the first 3G operator to close up! Telefonica Moviles and Sonera decided to close the Italian 3G subsidiary even before launching its services as a virtual GSM operator, no 3G network has been built, and the license has come back to the Italian Government; probably the free frequencies will be divided among the other 4 W-CDMA operators.