[This article has been updated on the 12th September 2017]
How to remain connected is not always a question easy to answer during your trip abroad. Especially during a trip to Italy. Travel WiFi Italy: We explore the best travel solution to always remain connected with WiFi and internet in Italy.
Pocket WiFi’s are not well known in Italy, however, the connected travelers always travel with it. Portable WiFi is the best solution to avoid any data roaming in Italy. A portable WiFi provides constant WiFi access everywhere in Italy. It will allow you to avoid all last minute calls or webpage check that may cost you a lot in data Roaming.
In Italy, more than 98% of the population will be served with 4G LTE before 2018. Using a mobile WiFi in Italy will then allow you to remain constantly connected to the high-speed internet. You will also be able to access 4G LTE almost everywhere and make your travel experience even more unforgettable.
Your Basic Internet Travel Options in Italy
WiFi in Italy rental
Convenient and reliable, mobile WiFi Italy is a highly reliable solution. Very convenient, it is a small and thin device that can fit very well in a pocket or your handbag. The Pocket WiFi broadcasts a WiFi network around itself (up to 15 meters around you). On each pocket WiFi, you can connect up to 10 devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops). Our Pocket WiFi rental for Italy allows you to get 4G LTE and unlimited data with a high fair usage (1GB per day). It is very important to check these points if you want to compare different mobile WiFi rental companies in Italy. Not all providers really offer 4G LTE and a good data package with this fair usage. In Italy, all major cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, Milan, Pise, Genoa, Verona, Palermo, Bologna are now covered with 4G. But when you get out of these main cities, it is important that your pocket WiFi is also able to connect to different mobile network providers. With the Pocket WiFi service from My Webspot, your WiFi egg will get the strongest signal so that you always have a great connection.
The reason why My Webspot can offer the best prices and hence the best solution for travelers is that we collaborate with the best providers which are based locally in Italy. This means that they can access local prices which are always cheaper in Italy than from foreign mobile providers. In particular, this means that your mobile network providers has to negotiate with local providers which will always make it more expensive than a Pocket WiFi.
Free WiFi in Italy
Free WiFi in Italy can be a solution to remain connected. Public WiFi will be accessible in Italy in the main cities. But in Italy as in any other European countries, similar to free WiFi from coffee shops, even if you need to quickly check an information, you won’t be able to get the WiFi code unless you order something to drink or to eat. The WiFi is therefore not free then.
Only public WiFi hotspots in Italy are truly free. A movement named free WiFi Italia has been launched in order to organize all independent hotspots. But it is still very hard to find a reliable and understandable map of free WiFi.
Also, one big issue with free WiFi (in Italy as everywhere) is the WiFi quality. Free WiFi is generally very slow. You can easily be discouraged because it is usually quite slow. It is not a good idea to rely on free WiFi in Italy as it can represent a high-security breach and people are very often hacked on free WiFi airports like Rome Fiumicino or Milan Malpensa.
For travelers who do not care about the WiFi quality, the inconvenient of free WiFi is that they are very randomly located. You may catch one when it is around, but nothing says that any free WiFi will be available when you will need it. This is when you « quickly » use your phone to receive an email, or find a place with your GPS.
Every traveler should know that relying on free WiFi can always end with a phone bill of at least 100€ in data roaming.
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The main mobile network providers in Italy are TIM, Vodafone, Wind and 3 (Three). These mobile network provider generally ask for a local Bank account and a local Italian address. Without a local Italian address, there is no way to get a good data plan.
Prepaid Sim Cards for travelers are more common in Italy. Some Network providers have specialized in Sim Cards for travelers like Simoptions.com. Prepaid Sim Cards in Italy vary a lot from free WiFi or Pocket WiFi in the kind they are used. Sim Card will mainly allow you to make calls (more local than international). They will not always offer great mobile internet quality. The speed will generally be 3G+ instead of 4G LTE (a lot faster) and the data package will be very low compared to Pocket WiFi rental for Italy.
The major issue with prepaid Sim Cards is that unless you have a cell Phone capable of handling Dual Sim Cards, you will have to take out your own Sim Card. This means that you can no more be contacted by text message or voice call on you regular phone number. Also, you need to be sure that your phone is compatible with the frequency bandwidth in Italy if you want to use the prepaid Sim Card. Frequently travelers end up with useless prepaid Sim Cards because their phones are not compatible.
Data Roaming in Italy
Data roaming in Italy is definitely your worst mobile internet solution. Indeed providers like Sprint or T-mobile will charge you $2/Mb. Knowing that an average traveler can use more than 500Mb per day, your phone bill can be a huge surprise when you return from your trip!
The international data package for Italy sold by your mobile provider is highly likely to be the least competitive solution for you. It is overpriced compared to what you can get locally and once you will finish the allowed data usage, you will be charged again at the full rate without any warning…