Using free Wi-Fi in Italy (and other countries)
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jan 24, 2013 6:21 AM Last Post By: MTL
Jan 23, 2013 2:30 PM
Using free Wi-Fi in Italy (and other countries)I'll be bringing an iPad to Europe and i'm wondering about access to Wi-Fi. I heard that in Italy, for example, to access Wi-Fi one needs a password and to get a password you have to be an Italian citizen (for security reasons) . . . does anybody here know it this, in fact, is true and (if yes) whether it applies to other European countries as well. Thanks.
Jan 23, 2013 2:36 PM
1Where are you thinking about using wifi?
In Italy it is not that common.Some hostels and hotels have it (but by no means all).If they do have it,they will also have a password for you to use.
Not many bars,restaurants or cafes have it in Italy,and few 'public places' either.
Jan 23, 2013 2:46 PM
2A travel book on Italy that I was browsing at the library wrote: ". . . several spots around Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome and other big cities are covered with free Wi-Fi access provided by the local administration, but at these and any other Wi-Fi spots around Italy, anti-terrorism laws make it obligatory to register for an access code before you can log on."
And when I was in an Apple store considering a portential iPad purchase, the Apple employee who was serving me said that in countries like Italy and the UK in order to use Wi-Fi there you have to present I.D. showing that you are an English or Italian citizen.
Jan 23, 2013 4:11 PM
Jan 23, 2013 6:54 PM
That is true. It is not true that you have to be a citizen though. Registration serves to prove your identity, and is often done using a mobile phone number or a credit card number. This may make it cumbersome, or difficult (if you don;t have a local mobile phone) but it has nothing to do with citizenship. Note that this AFAIK only really applies to Italy- it's anti-terrorism law stipulates you need to show a passport or some kind of registration even in internet cafes.
There is plenty of WIFi in hotels- practically every hotel offers it these days. Usually, the less you pay for a hotel, the bigger the chance it will be free! 5* hotels charges hefty sums whereas budget hotels throw it in for free.
Jan 23, 2013 11:24 PM
Jan 24, 2013 1:44 AM
Jan 24, 2013 3:32 AM
7That law who said you need to register in Italy (called the Pisanu regulation from the name of the minister who had it approved) had been repelled in early 2011.
Richiavo at Nº5 is right: "...bars and hotels will now have wifi and will give you the code..."
Jan 24, 2013 4:35 AM
Jan 24, 2013 6:21 AM
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