Last Updated on January 30, 2023 by Rose Morah
In case you are traveling to Italy and wonder whether T-Mobile will be reliable, you will find this article very helpful.
This is based on our first-hand experience using T-Mobile in Italy.
Does T-Mobile offer good coverage in Italy?
T-Mobile works well in Italy and has decent data speeds.
However, we received very low data speeds in some locations on our second trip. We couldn’t manage to load some web pages.
So, I would say that good T-Mobile data speeds will depend on the places you are visiting in Italy.
How is T-Mobile calling in Italy?
We experienced no issues calling back home (US) during our trip to Italy. It was clear with no network issues.
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Is the International Data Pass worth it in Rome?
For us, it was worth it. We got to use our phones as we normally use them back at home. Accessing Google Maps was not an issue. This made things very easy when navigating the streets of Rome.
However, if you are only going to be using data for basic things like GPS or just checking emails and social media, or are not working while traveling, I wouldn’t recommend getting the data.
That’s because WIFI is prevalent throughout Italy, especially in restaurants, hotels, bars, and so on.
Additionally, you can limit your data consumption by adjusting your video settings to ensure that they don’t auto-play, and always download maps in advance in Google maps.
Is there a cheaper alternative for fast data speeds when visiting Italy?
Yes, I’d recommend you purchase a local SIM card, especially if your phone supports dual SIM.
That’s because in most cases you will get fast data speeds at a much cheaper rate, especially if you are traveling on a budget.
I used TIM (Telefonica Italia Mobile) and it had really cheap data rates. Vodaphone will also work well, but I prefer TIM. But it depends on what suits your needs.
However, it is important to note that some local SIM cards may have some hidden costs. So, be sure to enquire about all costs before purchasing.
If you do not have a phone that supports dual SIM, you can go for the day pass option which will also depend on how long you will be in Italy.
From experience, European data prices tend to be super cheap!