Another option is to use Italia-wifi. No the cheapest but with a 100% gauarenteed coverage, regardless of whether yiou live in the boonies or not, and a UK IP address as standard they are definitely worth a look. http://www.italia-wifi.com/Internet-Connections-Italy.html
I've been using it very heavily seeing that I'm getting 26gb of allowance with the Gold package until May 31st. I think last month I used 23GB, and I noticed in the UK my BT only allows me 20GB of data each month. I suppose I'm using more here as I'm streaming tv thru i-player 2 or 3 hours a day. I think it's well worth the extra bit!
Have you tried using jajah.com? You dial the numbers from their internet site, but it calls through to your phone and you carry on from there. It completely bypasses Telecom Italia in my case, and I have saved hundreds of Euros this way and some calls are free for 150 minutes! Of course the other option is skype, which is free between users.
I've been using Italia-wifi, and tho' it may seem more expensive than the dongle option, it is by no means unreliable. I have been really pleased with it and it doesn't have to be so expensive to set up as the guys there seem generous with their discount offers! Worth revisiting the website and at least look at their comparison pages and the wimax option if you don't want to go for a dish!
Just to add that I remain really pleased with my service from Italia wifi. Also at the mo' they've doubled my data allowance until the end of May, which is really useful! I would certainly recommend them to anyone
Hi Fillide They basically put a second LNB up with my dish on top of the internet LNB receiver. A cable then comes down into my front room which connects to a free-to-air sky box. I can pick up about 200 English channels, but I only really use about 9 of them including BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, BBC NEWS, AL JAZERA and a few other channels. I'm just a smidgeon above Rome near Terni and it works great! The internet has never gone wrong and I have even had it streaming channel 4 in the front room while my son has had on BBC 1 in another room. The dish is a standard size satellite dish and looks about the same size as my old sky one. The Digi box they provided me with is a Samsung standard free-to-air which I’ve seen in shops here in Italy, and in Argos at home. I'm on the Gold package with them, which should give me 10 Mbps, but in fact I ran a speed test this morning on their website and found I'm actually getting 19.2 Mbps download and 2.89Mbps upload speed! They guarantee to provide at least 8 Mbps on my package but are actually giving me a lot more! I must say one of the guys at Italia WiFi gave me a pretty nice discount of 10% on the equipment when I ordered over the phone, saving me over £200.He also lowered my monthly rate from their advertised £80.00 to £68.00 which was nice, so it’s worth asking if there are any possible discounts!
I'd just like to say that I went ahead with italia-wifi satellite a couple of months ago, partly because they are the only English company in Italy, which I found reassuring! Having said that, I have been really pleased, as I now have really fast 10Mb satellite and it's never gone wrong. I called them to talk it over expecting to have to try and speak in Italian, but was pleasantly surprised to get an English response! I even managed to get a discount on the listed prices on their website by making the order there and then on the phone. I also have an English IP address as standard, which means I can watch BBC iplayer on-line as much as I want, without having other special programmes. In addition, they piggy-backed a free-to-air box onto their English satellite dish, so I can now pick up 8 or 9 English channels direct from the UK without having to use up my internet quota. They came out and installed it all within 5 days after I made the payment, and an English guy came and did it all. He talked me through it all so I fully understood everything, which was helpful as neither my Italian or technology know-how is that brilliant! I know Telecom Italia advertise their internet from E30 per month, but when I looked into it, it actually worked out a lot more when you take into account calls, modem rental, IVA etc. Their service is hardly comparable either! Italia wi-fi now have a really useful Comparison page on their web-site which helped me make up my mind! I would definitely recommend anyone looking for decent internet uses Italia-wifi.com, as Iam delighted!