My partner is Italian and we live in the UK. We frequently travel to Italy. We'd like to have a phone that we can use to call Italy affordably from the UK, and use in Italy to contact both Italian number and UK numbers.

Is there a UK or Italian (or international) SIM or deal that we could take advantage of for this? Is the best idea to just have two and take good care of them?

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    Two SIMs. Roaming charges are insane.
    – JoErNanO
    Apr 14, 2016 at 17:32
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    @JoErNanO While most are, those within the EU are capped and are generally pretty reasonable
    – Gagravarr
    Apr 14, 2016 at 18:05

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Option #1: Three using their Feel At Home special deal available on all their price plans. As both the UK and Italy are covered, with a UK sim, you can use your bundles of minutes / texts / data for no additional charge when in Italy (amongst other countries).

  • UK calling UK = normal prices / free with bundle
  • Italy calling UK = free with bundle / add-on
  • Italy calling Italy = free with bundle / add-on
  • UK calling Italy = 46p/minute without an add-on

Option #2: EE 4GEE which comes with free texts and calls roaming anywhere in the EU, but isn't available on pay-as-you-go:

Option #3 - Get any sim from any non-UK non-Italy EU country, and pay the quite low EU-capped roaming rates everywhere! With the EU caps it's currently a maximum of €0.05/minute above your domestic rates, so with a cheap package from elsewhere in the EU roaming can be cheap!

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    Can't wait for June 2017.
    – JoErNanO
    Apr 15, 2016 at 9:28
  • I can vouch for 3 UK pay as you go, buying add-ons for the voice minutes and data you'll use in Italy. I've had the same sim for 8 years, it doesn't expire from extended disuse. The only problem may be topping up if you run short when you are outside the UK and you don't have a UK credit/debit card (I have one).
    – Dennis
    Apr 16, 2016 at 23:03

If you don't want to sign contracts you can get free sims from Lykamobile or Lybara and use them as Pay As You Go.

Calls cost from 5-7p. roaming also cheap.




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