Can I tether with my prepaid Italian SIM card?

The answer, in short: It depends. Tethering—using your smartphone as a mobile hotspot for surfing the web on other gadgets, including tablets and laptops—is fairly straightforward on Android, iOS or Windows Phone devices. However, most smartphone prepaid or pay-as-you-go bundles in Italy do not allow you to use the tethering capabilities of your phone. The […]

Italy vs France: which country has the best high-speed trains?

Last week, I had the rare chance to compare two countries’ high-speed rail services side-by-side. I was travelling the Rome-to-Paris daylight rail route—there is an overnight train too—and boarded the Trenitalia Frecciarossa at Rome Termini station at 1300. I jumped off at Turin’s airy new Porta Susa terminal, hung about for 40 minutes, bolted a […]

The latest 3G data and voice plans for using your smartphone in Italy

There’s always a new deal in Italy, and prepaid phone plans change all the time. So, it’s time to update the details on my step-by-step guide to buying a smartphone SIM and pay-as-you-go plan in Italy. The how-to instructions remain the same (see that previous post for easy-to-follow instructions): it’s simple to get connected in Italy, and […]