We have an international unlocked android phone and would like to purchase a SIM card with a data plan. We'll be using it for google maps while we are driving and calling the bed & breakfasts and restaurants.
I was thinking of purchasing the SIM card with data plan with TIM in the U.S. prior to our departure, even though I recognize that it is more expensive. I would appreciate if you would please check my reasoning and let me know if I'm overlooking another perspective.
1. We have a 2 hour layover in Rome before connecting to our flight to Palermo. That doesn't seem to be sufficient time for SIM card purchase and ensuring that the card is activated; we have to go through passport control, baggage claim and customs, get over to the domestic gates and board our flight.
2. Palermo airport doesn't have a store to purchase a SIM card.
3. Castellammare del Golfo has a store where we could purchase a SIM card (I saw this on another TripAdvisor post). This is on our way from the airport to Scopello where we are staying. But after an overnight international flight and luggage in our car, I don't think it would flow well. We could stop in the next day when we're visiting Segesta and Erice, but the process of finding the store, going through the paperwork and waiting for activation might turn into a 2+ hour project - time that could be spent touring.
4. By purchasing in the U.S. prior to departure, my understanding is that the SIM would work upon arrival and we have access to English speaking customer service.
It's from Telestial: www.telestial.com/view_product.php…
There is also a SIM rental from Cellular Abroad: www.cellularabroad.com/DataSIMitaly.php
Thanks in advance for comments and insights!