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Default 05-01-2009, 10:47

Hello,
Stumbled on this forum just today - great site guys!

I'm an Australian student coming to Italy to study in Florence from April-July 2009.

I'm looking for a prepaid SIM that has cheap calling and SMS rates. I don't really use data (I have a laptop, and use wifi normally), but can be convinced if it is a good idea!

I will use my phone mostly:
1) to call/sms girlfriend (who will be with me in italy)
2) call/sms other students in italy
3) send sms to people in Australia
4) call Italian hotels (if needed)
5) (very rarely) call my family in Australia

What are the best options? I've seen the Wind prepaid - is that the best? Would I be able to get any student plan?

Thanks everyone!

PS - I will also be travelling around Europe (eg. Greece, France, etc.) after my studies - is it worth getting an international roaming italian card? (won't need to use phone much at all outside italy)

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Default two offers I checked from wind - 05-01-2009, 10:57

For students: Wind - Privati - Wind Campus

But I don't think I can get it, as I am from Australia.

Special offer: Wind - Privati - Promo Wind 6 SMS

This looks very good to me? Is this a good offer?
   
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Default two offers I looked at - 05-01-2009, 11:01

For students (but I don't think I will qualify, as I am from Australia): Wind - Privati - Wind Campus

This offer looks great! But I don't speak Italian very well - is this a good deal for me? Wind - Privati - Promo Wind 6 SMS
   
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Hello,
Stumbled on this forum just today - great site guys!

I'm an Australian student coming to Italy to study in Florence from April-July 2009.
Hi, I live in Florence... so we will have time for a

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I'm looking for a prepaid SIM that has cheap calling and SMS rates. I don't really use data (I have a laptop, and use wifi normally), but can be convinced if it is a good idea!

I will use my phone mostly:
1) to call/sms girlfriend (who will be with me in italy)
2) call/sms other students in italy
3) send sms to people in Australia
4) call Italian hotels (if needed)
5) (very rarely) call my family in Australia

What are the best options? I've seen the Wind prepaid - is that the best? Would I be able to get any student plan?
Yes, I think that Wind is a good solution for you because
a) you can activate "Noi 2" option with your girlfriend
2) Wind 6 is a good option for SMS
3) Wind is the only carrier that has the same price for national&international SMS (pay attention: Wind6 is only for italian numbers, for international you will pay the standard rate)
5) you can add "Call Your Country" option to any Wind IT prepaid simcard.

Anyway if you take a "Wind 9" tariff plan maybe you can evoid "Wind 6 SMS", Wind 9 has a good tariff (9 ct. /sms, national&international).


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Default 05-01-2009, 11:16

What a quick response AndreA! Thank you

I will keep my eye on wind!

hrmmm ... eisai kai ellhnas? Beer sounds good!
   
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What a quick response AndreA! Thank you
You're welcome, we are lucky with different times ... night there, morning here :P

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I will keep my eye on wind!
Good, follow this page: PrePaidGSM: Wind (Italy)

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hrmmm ... eisai kai ellhnas? Beer sounds good!
Beer is always good
PS: i simply love Greece

PS: do you have 3 Australia? I just thought that you can use for free an australiam H3G simcard on 3 ITA network... and viceversa


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PS: do you have 3 Australia? I just thought that you can use for free an australiam H3G simcard on 3 ITA network... and viceversa
I am with 3 Australia at the moment... I checked their site, and (translated into euros), they charge:

~13 cents to connect + ~18 cents per 30 seconds (in 30 second blocks)

No free minutes or any other options, so it isn't the best plan (especially if I use to call girlfriend a lot!), but it might be a good backup to have.

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PS: i simply love Greece
I speak a bit of Greek, and going to go travel there for a short while after studying.

Should be amazing!! - islands, etc. - maybe Peloponnese too (to get away from too many tourists , and still have beautiful beaches!)
   
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I am with 3 Australia at the moment...
No free minutes or any other options, so it isn't the best plan (especially if I use to call girlfriend a lot!), but it might be a good backup to have.
Ok, that's interesting... 3ITA's bundles are ok abroad too: for example I can use for free my Zero5 tariff plan in Australia too

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It might be good if I can get a hold of a Wind card before I go travelling, then! (I'm travelling outside Italy a bit beforehand, but my girlfriend will be in Italy all along).
Important question: your girlfriend is using Wind?
Note that Noi2 is only to another Wind number!

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I speak a bit of Greek, and going to go travel there for a short while after studying.

Should be amazing!! - islands, etc. - maybe Peloponnese too (to get away from too many tourists , and still have beautiful beaches!)
I speak a little bit too Anyway a lot of greek people is in this forum


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Yes, I think that Wind is a good solution for you because ...

6) Wind also has a cheap roaming optional add-on, making calls to Italy 15 cents after the first minute, maybe useful while in other countries for calls to each other or via callthrough access to elsewhere

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