Students should plan on having a cell phone that does not rely on WiFi for personal use. Some students opt to purchase an Italian SIM card and/or cellular phone because they are easily available and relatively inexpensive, while others choose to keep their foreign cell number and purchase an International calling plan through their provider. Both are valid options. Whatever you choose, please be sure to report your phone number to the Office of Student Life. This is very important in the event of an emergency.
The Office of Student Life strongly discourages students from entering into a direct-billing contract with an Italian cell phone provider. These contracts automatically debit your credit card each month, often last a minimum of 3 years, and are difficult to cancel. Instead of a contract, choose a monthly phone plan that includes talk, text and data at a fixed rate that you can pay manually every 30 days (by credit card online or in cash or by credit card at Tabacchi, grocery stores, and cell phone shops) to keep the plan active.