Cell Phone Signal Bands in Italy

Mobile communications in Italy are quite developed and are developing very rapidly. They even say they can't find an Italian without a cell phone, they seem to be born with it. If we talk about mobile communications in Italy, you should know one particular thing, that Italians often send each other so-called telephone greetings - "squillo". This is a call that lasts for a dial tone signal. A person who receives such a call cannot actually answer the call, but he or she will know that some of his or her relatives or friends are thinking of them. In other cases, such squillo calls can be used as callback requests.

Well, there are three main standards for mobile communication in Italy, they are: GSM, 3G and 4G. GSM uses the 900/1800 MHz frequency, which is common in all European countries. Also, this frequency may be used for cell tower triangulation, so if you're going to Italy and want to block your phone - make sure your GSM jammer supports the 900/1800 MHz frequency, otherwise it won't work there.

3G is based on the HSPA+ standard, uses the 2100 MHz frequency and offers very good data transfer speeds, but may be slower in densely populated areas and large cities. 4G uses the LTE standard, which is the same frequency here as in the US, 785 MHz. But it has to be mentioned that the fourth generation is not doing well in Italy, and the major suppliers have only recently started building 4G networks. Also we should mention that mobile internet is pretty cheap there, so getting a local SIM would be wise.

3G is available in all major cities, with data speeds of at least 7.2 Mbit/s, which is great. Speeds may also drop in smaller cities, but the network quality is good enough for comfortable surfing and various VoIP services, such as Skype. As we have already said, the price is quite low, it may vary between 2 euros and 150 euros per hour for unlimited access. The most convenient thing here is that you don't pay for traffic, only for the time you spend on the web.

There are now several large independent mobile operators in Italy. The most popular are Vodafone, Wind, Tim and Tre. Price doesn't really make a difference, as well as coverage. So people are more willing to choose the operator with the best service. There are also many virtual operators that simply use the networks and equipment of larger companies.

All carriers except Tre use standard mobility protocols. The provider would be better off using VoIP services, and a normal smartphone wouldn't work on their network. You have to buy a special mobile device to work with them.

In order to connect with any mobile operator, you have to go to their office and sign a contract. You need any documents that will approve your identity, such as passport, driver's license, etc., and a special "tax identification number", which is your tax identification number, which is not required for tourists.

So, as you can see, mobile communication in Italy is quite advanced. So, if you're in Italy, your cell phone jammer will work and you'll be able to block communications, all those "squillos" you're sure to receive!