|The Italian GSM operator Wind is since April
1999 marketing two PrePaid GSM SIM cards of the same type as TIM once initiated.
They are called "24ore" and "Quando".
The price of the start package is 100.000 Italian Lire (100DEM). It contains an unactivated Wind GSM SIM card with no phone number but with a credit of 100.000 ITL. After your card is activated, you have to find out, yourself, what number you have been given. You can do that by either contacting the place where you bought the card, or by using your own card calling a phone which has number presentation enabled, so you can see what number you have got. The SIM card is thereafter active for one year, after the latest recharge.
Cards, for refilling your Wind PrePaid credit, are available in 100.000 ITL or 200.000 ITL. In contrast to the other Italian operators, Wind doesn't charge anything for topping up your credit.
The fares for the calls for "24ore" are very simple. It costs 600 ITL (0,60DEM) per minute to all phones in Europe och North America. The fares for domestic calls for "Quando" are, week days 9-19, 1140 ITL (1,10DEM) per minute and the rest of the week, 300 ITL (0,30DEM) per minute.
When we were to test theese cards, they were almost impossible to find. I hope that's going to change very soon. Also, we were refused to buy cards, due to the fact that we had no Italian fiscal code. You just have to find a shop where they know their business.