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Mobile operator WIND has the following prepaid mobile data offers:

Volume based tariffs:

  • Open Internet 3 GIGA - 9€ / month
  • Open Internet 6 GIGA - 14€ / month
  • Open Internet 12 GIGA - 19€ / month
The SIM-card activation fee is 5 EUR.

The offers are described (in Italian) here.

APN: internet.wind

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How to get the data-options running for the first time:

  • Check the balance of the prepaid account (USSD code: *123# ). It must be more than 9 Euros for the 50 hours option and more than 15 Euros for the 100 hours option.The little extra is for the sms messages that need to be sent.

  • Send a SMS to short code 4033 that contains the following text: gprs si

  • (Note: In case the phone does not set the SMS Service Center Number correctly by copying it from the SIM card, use the following SMSC number: +393205858500)

  • Wait until GPRS is activated for the sim card. This could take a couple of hours. You will see once GPRS is activated as the mobile does a GPRS attach when powered on.

  • After GPRS is activated, send the following text in a free SMS to short code 4033:

    • 'internet si' for the weekly 250 MB option
    • 'no stop si' for the 1 GB / month option
    • 'unlimited si' for the 10 GB / month option (+4 euro activation charge, unless with a new SIM until October 2010)

    • 'ore si' for the 50 hours option
    • '100 si' for the 100 hours option
    • 'EASY SI' for Wind Easy Internet

  • Again you have to wait for the activation (several hours, up to 48 h). The option is activated once the prepaid account balance has been reduced by the amount of the subscribed option.

  • Some SMS messages (in Italian) might come to inform you of the current state of activation

Deactivate the data-option if not used for a month

Wind will take whatever money is left on the account the next month if you don't deactivate the option. Therefore if you don't want to use the option for a month send a message to 4033 with the text 'ore no', 'mega 1500 no', etc. to prevent this.

How to activate the data-option again if not used for some time:

  • It might be sufficient to just put 20 euros on the prepaid account and wait till it the service deducts it from there
  • Sometimes it happens that the 20 euros are deducted but GPRS service was deactivated. Therefore the option is active but you have to activate GPRS again first. (sms 'gprs si' to 4033, see above). As they charge for the SMS, make sure you have some balance left on the top up account.
  • If not, make sure you have more than 8, 20 or 30 euros on the account and repeat the procedure described above for the first time activation

How to check how much volume is left:

  • Press *123# on the Mobile Phone to receive your actual credit.

  • Call 4242 and press 5. The system then announces how much "money" is left for the data option. 100 Euros equal 50 hours and 200 Euros equals to 100 hours (does not work in time based tariffs)

  • Send an SMS to 4155 containing "Saldo". The message is free and the system returns an answer within a couple of seconds with how much "money" is left for the data offer (does not work in time based tariffs)

  • Send an USSD code: *155*1# (works in time based tariffs)

Time Calculation:

  • For the time-bundles the calculation is 50 cent for 15 Minutes. Therefore 100 Euro equals to 200 sessions with 15 minutes each = 3000 minutes = 50 hours.

Change voice menu language :

  • Please call 4242 (in Italy) and then choose option 6 for english


  • Also check the TIM offer in Italy. Their network is a lot better, their 3G deployment is excellent and they have EDGE available everywhere. Their offer is a bit more expensive, though.
  • Also check the Bad 3G network-coverage (and no 2G) - but for 9 € 30days with each 50 MB.

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Anonymous No service 1 Jul 23 2014, 7:43 PM EDT by Anonymous
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I ended up with a 26 Euro alarm clock. Purchased phone in Italy with 4 hours of call time within Italy and 2 hours to US. On day 6 now. No service. Stay close to where you purchase your Wind service or your money flies away.
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Anonymous loose connection every 5-10 minutes 0 Feb 1 2013, 5:39 AM EST by Anonymous
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question: anybody else hat also this experience that he lost every 5.10 minutes the connection with Internet while using the "unlimited package"? i havent found the reason upon now hope someone can help...
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Anonymous double up 0 Nov 12 2012, 10:28 PM EST by Anonymous
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i have a question....theres a promotion going on right now that gives me 10gb of internet for 12 euros. i currently have that offer on my phone sim. if i wanted 20gb of internet, could i double it up meaning just text for the promtion again, and i would pay 24 euros for 20 gb of internet?
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