Don't let roaming fees ruin your trip.
Using your phone in Venice:
Feature phones: You'll need a phone that uses GSM technology and is compatible with European frequencies. (If you're visiting from outside Europe, check with your carrier before leaving home.)
Smartphones: Most modern smartphones work in Europe.
Roaming fees: Telephone roaming fees can be expensive, but data-roaming fees are worse (since you'll probably spend more time using the Internet than talking). Unless you're desperate for a full-time Internet connection, disable data roaming and use Wi-Fi.
- Warning: We've heard of people running up thousands of euros in roaming fees when traveling outside their home countries.
Many hotels offer free Wi-Fi Internet access.
You'll also find free Wi-Fi at a small but growing number of cafés and restaurants.
Tourists can pre-book access to Venice's city Wi-Fi network for rates that range from €5 per day to €20 per week.
(Coverage is mostly limited to major pedestrian streets and public squares, as you can see by zooming in on this map.)