A big day last Thursday. We took the plunge and visited the local electronics store to get our technology “italianised”. It was finally time to break the shackles of Vodafones roaming rates and start to enjoy cheap local calls and internet access.
We went into the local “Trony” shop (it’s italian for Noel Leeming I think) and plonked two iPhones, two iPads and one laptop on the counter and basically said fix it.
The young lady helping us had as good a grasp of English as we have of Italian but one hour and 4 SIM cards and a modem stick later we were customers of TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) and everything seemed to work – and still does.
We have no exact idea of the rates we are being charged – our anglo-italia mix of language and gestures didn’t quite stretch to that. The TIM website is comprehensive and detailed but also completely in Italian which doesn’t help but we know whatever we’re paying it’s going to a lot less than Vodafone roaming rates.
The next challenge will be to top up the phones which can be done through the local Tabacchi shops which are found in every town and village. I’m figuring we go in waving our phones and a wad of Euro notes and someone will understand.
I’ll be emailing our new numbers to everyone over the next few days.