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Default Newbie Traveller Help Please - Data SIM - 20-05-2013, 14:22

Hi there,

I'm new to taking my phone abroad, so apologies for the very basic questions. Just after some tips please.

I'm taking an unlocked spare phone with me to Italy later this month to use for basic web surfing, looking at trip advisor, booking hotels etc. (I'm from the UK - just going for 10 days.)

I'll be driving into Italy from France.

Can I buy a prepaid SIM in advance (in the UK) just for peace of mind? Any suggestions where from please?

If it is better to wait until I get to Italy, where should i head? Do I need a Code Fiscale thingy?

Thanks for any help and advice!

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Default 20-05-2013, 14:28

Hi Sam,
you can buy your prepaid sim-card once you are in Italy. You passport is enough, if you want to create a codice fiscale it's ok, but now usually phone dealers are smart enough to directly create one for you from your passport. Just go to one of the operators' shops and ask for a "carta prepagata" with an "opzione per navigare su internet". I suggest TIM or Wind.

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