Telecom Italia Mobile

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Telecom Italia Mobile
Type Private
Industry Mobile telecommunications
Founded 1995
2005 owned by Telecom Italia
Headquarters Milan, Italy
Key people Marco De Benedetti (CEO)
Products i.TIM,[citation needed] TIM Turbo,[citation needed] FreeMove,[citation needed] i.Music store,[citation needed] GSM on the ship,[citation needed] Internet Mobile
Revenue US$ 14.2 billion (2010)[citation needed]
Parent Telecom Italia
Subsidiaries TIM Brasil
Website TIM Italy

TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) is Telecom Italia's mobile phone brand which runs a GSM, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA network in Italy and Brazil,[citation needed] TIM Peru was sold to América Móvil and rebranded Claro.[citation needed] TIM sold its share in the Venezuelan mobile operator Digitel TIM to Televenco, a company owned by the Cisneros Group, since then the company's name has been Digitel. The agreement was approved by the Venezuelan regulatory authority Conatel. TIM Hellas, the Greek operator owned by Telecom Italia and previously known as STET Hellas (Telestet), was sold in 2005 to Apax Partners and Texas Pacific Group. In 2007 the company was sold to Orascom Telecom and TIM Hellas, Q-Telecom and also Tellas (a fixed phone/ADSL provider whose 50%+1 share is owned by Orascom's Italian Wind company) renamed to Wind on 5 June 2007.[citation needed]

TIM is the default network for T-Mobile and Orange customers entering Italy as part of the FreeMove alliance.[citation needed]

  • In Italy, 4G LTE is active in 190 cities,[citation needed] including: Ancona, Bari, Bologna, Cagliari, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Perugia, Pescara, Reggio di Calabria, Rome, Trento, Trieste and Turin

National fraud in Brazilian prepaid mobile lines[edit]

On 8 August 2012, TIM Brasil became involved in a massive scandal in Brazilian news after the release of report by the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency Anatel. [1]

The report points that on TIM's prepaid voice plan (24.7% market share), called "Infinity" (in which the user pays roughly US$ 0.12 for each unlimited time call), the calls were intentionally dropped by the company, forcing the costumers to make (and pay for) new calls to keep talking. In just one day, 8.1 million calls were dropped and the total profit was approximately US$ 2 million.

Upon release of the report, the Public Ministry of the Paraná State filed a lawsuit against TIM asking that it stop selling new mobile lines in Brazil and pay a multi million dollar fine for the damages against consumers.[2]

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