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Switching operator and terminating contract

Last updated 18 December 2020

Switching operator

In a liberalised market such as the electronic communications market, you can always choose between a variety of packages and change both landline and mobile operators according to your needs.

Switching your landline operator

To switch to a new operator, you can end the contract with your current operator at any time, even before the expiry date. However, in this case you may have to pay to switch to the new operator.

If you intend to switch your service to another operator, you must notify the new operator by sending them the transfer code, which can be found on the telephone bill, in the web area of the original operator's website or via the customer service department.

For more information go to https://www.agcom.it/numerazioni-geografiche-portabilita-e-migrazioni (Italian only)

Charges for terminating the contract

The Authority has adopted specific guidelines - Resolution No 487/18/CONS (Italian only) - and carefully supervises service discontinuation and switching costs applied by operators in the event of early termination:

  • line discontinuation and migration costs cannot exceed the average monthly fee paid by the user or, if lower, the costs actually incurred by operators for discontinuing or switching the line;
  • the return of discounts must be fair and proportionate to the value of the contract and the remaining duration of the promotion. This means that users will not be required to return the full amount of discounts they have benefited from;
  • users will be able to carry on paying the remaining instalments due for goods and services even if they withdraw from the contract before expiry of the instalment plan, which may not in any case exceed 24 months.

Changes to contractual terms by the operator

Based on the Electronic Communications Code - Legislative Decree of 1 August 2003, Article 70(4) (Italian only), operators are entitled to unilaterally amend technical, legal or financial contractual terms during the contractual relationship. However, in such cases you are entitled to be informed of the change with at least 30 days' notice, and you can exercise your right to terminate the contract, without any penalties or deactivation costs, or switch to another operator.

Online information sources for comparing prices offered by different operators

At present, no site is officially accredited by the Authority for comparing products offered by different operators. However, the Authority obliges all operators to publish a table showing a list of currently available packages, including activation or deactivation costs, on their websites, under the heading of ‘tariff transparency' - Resolution No 252/16/CONS (Italian only).

 

Relevant legislation

Legislative Decree No 259 of 1 August 2003 - Electronic Communications Code (Italian only)

Resolution No 487/18/CONS Guidelines on procedures for discontinuing and switching users in pre-formulated standard contracts (Italian only)

Resolution No 252/16/CONS Measures to protect users in order to promote transparency and comparison of financial conditions for electronic communication service provision (Italian only)

Italian version

Source: Communications Regulatory Authority

 

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Last updated 18 December 2020

Switching operator

In a liberalised market such as the electronic communications market, you can always choose between a variety of packages and change both landline and mobile operators according to your needs.

Switching your landline operator

To switch to a new operator, you can end the contract with your current operator at any time, even before the expiry date. However, in this case you may have to pay to switch to the new operator.

If you intend to switch your service to another operator, you must notify the new operator by sending them the transfer code, which can be found on the telephone bill, in the web area of the original operator's website or via the customer service department.

For more information go to https://www.agcom.it/numerazioni-geografiche-portabilita-e-migrazioni (Italian only)

Charges for terminating the contract

The Authority has adopted specific guidelines - Resolution No 487/18/CONS (Italian only) - and carefully supervises service discontinuation and switching costs applied by operators in the event of early termination:

  • line discontinuation and migration costs cannot exceed the average monthly fee paid by the user or, if lower, the costs actually incurred by operators for discontinuing or switching the line;
  • the return of discounts must be fair and proportionate to the value of the contract and the remaining duration of the promotion. This means that users will not be required to return the full amount of discounts they have benefited from;
  • users will be able to carry on paying the remaining instalments due for goods and services even if they withdraw from the contract before expiry of the instalment plan, which may not in any case exceed 24 months.

Changes to contractual terms by the operator

Based on the Electronic Communications Code - Legislative Decree of 1 August 2003, Article 70(4) (Italian only), operators are entitled to unilaterally amend technical, legal or financial contractual terms during the contractual relationship. However, in such cases you are entitled to be informed of the change with at least 30 days' notice, and you can exercise your right to terminate the contract, without any penalties or deactivation costs, or switch to another operator.

Online information sources for comparing prices offered by different operators

At present, no site is officially accredited by the Authority for comparing products offered by different operators. However, the Authority obliges all operators to publish a table showing a list of currently available packages, including activation or deactivation costs, on their websites, under the heading of ‘tariff transparency' - Resolution No 252/16/CONS (Italian only).

 

Relevant legislation

Legislative Decree No 259 of 1 August 2003 - Electronic Communications Code (Italian only)

Resolution No 487/18/CONS Guidelines on procedures for discontinuing and switching users in pre-formulated standard contracts (Italian only)

Resolution No 252/16/CONS Measures to protect users in order to promote transparency and comparison of financial conditions for electronic communication service provision (Italian only)

Italian version

Source: Communications Regulatory Authority

 

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