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Prepurchasing an Italy SIM

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Hi, husband and I are planning a trip to Rome and Florence. I'd like to buy our SIMs before we go (we have Verizon phones), because the last time we bought them on-site in England and it was a lot more complicated than we expected, both in the initial purchase and in topping them up which we were never able to do successfully. I figure if it was complicated when we speak the language, having a language barrier will make it pretty much impossible.

I understand that arriving international flights can't buy SIM cards at FCO, and we won't be hubbing through Termini upon arrival. I also understand that it would be less expensive to buy them at a tobacco shop once we're in Rome --> but I'm willing to pay a bit more to NOT have to make that transaction with our poor Italian skills. If we have even half the problems we did getting our SIM cards through Virgin, we'll end up with no phone service at all.

We don't plan to use our phones for a lot of calls - likely just texts or calls to each other, plus data to access maps as we navigate the cities, and probably Facebook at night to check in with the family back in the states. Our hotel room has WiFi access.

So, with that preamble, what do you think of these?

Cellhire Mifi
- this price isn't bad for two phones, but what happens if we go different places or one of us (ahem, husband) gets lots?


Verizon - rent an international phone and add data beyond the initial 100MB|article|click-through|article-body-get-more-info-on-the-international-travel-program|51811

Tim purchase voucher in advance, present in person at a shop (I'm skeptical of this - it sounds complicated for someone who won't be a native Italian speaker - plus we'll be in the Ripa/Testaccio area, and I don't see any Tim shops in that area)

As always, many thanks for your feedback!

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