BONUS PC and Internet 2020 from 500€: definitive guide

Finally comes the bonus, from 500 euros, for low-income families and for ultrabroadband internet and pCs. Then the internet-only bonuses will come for other families (up to 50 thousand euros) and businesses. Let's see what the requirements are and how to apply to get it.

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On November 9th the pc and internet bonus of 500 euros for the first group of users started: those with Isee less than 20 thousand euros.

The Mise decree was published on October 1, 2020 in the Official Journal (at the bottom of the article the text) and on the 2nd the operational instructions for the actual start-up to users (which had also been promised by the Government for September) were also issued.

Infratel, the mise company that implements the measure, writes that on the website bandaultralarga.italia.it will be listed the offers in this regard, of the operators.

At the moment the user is obliged to take both things: both a device of his choice and the connection; in some cases an initial cost is required to cover that of the device that is in excess of the discount.

The second phase of the measure will come later (probably by 2020): 200 euros of bonuses and, for the Internet only, for those who have less than 50 thousand euros of Isee. There will be a similar bonus, from 300 to 2500 euros, for companies.

There is always talk of a fixed broadband connection to at least 30 Megabits: fttc fiber, ftth, satellite, fwa (fixed wireless). 

Let's go into detail

When will the bonus be available?

The implementing decrees for the implementation of the measure were signed, in August, by the Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli, and follow the indications provided for both by the Voucher Plan for connectivity and by the School Plan. The first of the measures, namely the MISE decree of 7 August 2020, was published in the OJ General Series n.243 of 01-10-2020, starting phase I of the measure, aimed at families with ISEE up to 20,000 euros. In practice, priority is given to the less well-off families who, thanks to the PC and internet voucher, will have access to ultra-broadband internet connection services.

EUR 204 million has been allocated for the first phase. Infratel Italia has released the web platform on which telephony and internet providers wishing to grant discounts must be accredited.From November 9th it is possible to submit pc and internet bonus applications for families with ISEE less than 20 thousand euros. So the latter can apply for the facility.

Amounts

The voucher for the purchase of IT tools and services is worth from 500 to 200 euros, depending on the income of the beneficiaries. Specifically, the discount has the following amount:

  • 500 euro bonus for families with ISEE less than 20 thousand euros. This sum must be distributed as follows: 200 euros to cover the costs of internet connections and 300 euros for the purchase of pCs or tablets;
  • 200 euro bonus for citizens with ISEE less than 50 thousand euros, to be used to access faster internet connections.

Pc bonus: who will go to

For the first phase (bonus 500 euros internet and PC/tablet) there are 204 million euros available, which will satisfy 480 thousand families, with less than 20 thousand euros of Isee, on an audience of 2.2 million eligible people.

The criterion, as always in these cases, will be exhausted: therefore the bonus is awarded who asks for it first, through operator.

It should also be borne in mind that resources are distributed on a regional, non-national basis and give priority to southern Italy; in Sicily almost 20% of the available resources, 18.6% concern Campania, with 80 and 75 thousand families respectively.In third place Puglia with about 14%.

However, the measure will last one year and therefore expire on October 1, 2021.

There is only one voucher per household, living in the same house.

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How it works for businesses and for those over 20,000 euros of isee

For families with Isee up to the threshold of 50 thousand euros there are 320,927,954 euros to satisfy 1,604,640 families.

For companies there are 551,777,070 euros which, depending on the network availability present in the related locations, it will be divided into 114,617,127 euros, which is estimated to affect 229,234 companies to achieve connectivity to at least 30 Mbit/s and 401,159,943 euros, which can satisfy 200,580 Companies, to achieve connectivity at 1 Gbit/s.

Connectivity requirements to get the bonus

In addition to the Isee, the other requirement to benefit from the bonus is to be either without an internet connection or have a speed of less than 30 Mbps (Adsl).

  • The voucher can also be used only if the user chooses connectivity at least 30 Mbps. That is, no Adsl.
  • They must be connections with at least 30 Megabits in download and 15 Megabits in upload.
  • The rules also set a guaranteed minimum bandwidth of 15 and 7.5 Megabits respectively, but for the first 30 days it is a suspended criterion. This parameter would exclude fake ultra broadband connections (typically fttc with long pair that make few real megabits).
  • Not only that: the user will have to switch to the best available connection.For example, if it is covered by an operator that gives 1 Gigabit, by one that gives 200 and by one that reaches 30 Mbps it will have to choose the first offer.

A principle that some operators asked for did not pass in the decree: for those who already had a connection to at least 30 Mbps, possibility to take advantage of the bonus only if you switch to connectivity up to 1 Gbps, speed now guaranteed only by fiber optic services up to homes (VHCN). But it should be possible in the second phase of vouchers.

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How to claim the bonus through an operator

To obtain the voucher it will be enough to apply to an operator (on any channel, online, shops…), his own or another, that complies with the above-mentioned connectivity requirements. It needs to self-certify its Isee and the fact that it doesn't already have an ultra-broadband connection. The government will carry out spot checks.

On this page you can download a self-certification form.

As confirmed by the Ministry of Economic Development, the user cannot make a direct request for the internet and PC bonus. Nor is it possible to have a PC or tablet without the connection, according to the decree. The current rules also require the reverse, to take a device with the connection.

You can't get the computer bonus through an electronics store.

It takes care of the entire telephone operator:

  • provides the user with the bonus as a discount on the fee or any activation fee
  • provides the router
  • provides the computer or tablet (at the user's choice), for families in the first tier.

The operator will then obtain the reimbursement of costs from Infratel, following a special procedure of agreement and registration.

How long does the contract last?

The Mise decree states that the operator's contract is at least 12 months, with the possibility of early termination at no cost. The operator can, 45 days after the deadline, propose a renewal of the offer on terms – "at least for the first 12 months" – equal or improving compared to the previous offer.

Bonus claim form

There is a form, on the Infratel website, that will be used by users to access the contribution by presenting it to operators during the activation of the offer.

DOWNLOAD HERE INTERNET PC VOUCHER FORM (PDF)

How to get your PC and tablet once you have made and accepted the request?

In essence, there will be a discount on the bills for internet connection, but the telephone operators participating in the bonus, in their offers, will also be able to provide customers with a PC or tablet "of which the beneficiaries will acquire ownership 12 months after the activation of the contract", explains Infratel in the operating manual (so after a year the computer will remain to the consumer).

Be careful, however, it is not possible to buy a PC or tablet in store and then request that the purchase price be refunded by voucher: the electronic instrumentation is provided by the company with which you sign the internet contract, according to the methods decided by the same operator.

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PC bonus only in some municipalities

From the bonus PC internet 500 euros some municipalities are excluded and to clarify it is Infratel Italia that makes the list available. The voucher managing body has announced that, within the Ultrabroadband (COBUL) Committee, some regions have requested to limit the voucher measure to citizens residing in certain territories.

  • Emilia Romagna;
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia;
  • Lazio;
  • Liguria;
  • Tuscany.

Detailed lists of excluded municipalities for each region can be found on the Infratel Italia page and listed in ordered Excel files.

The BONUS PC and internet 500 euros in the regions indicated above will therefore only apply to users located in some municipalities.

Here you can find the main offers of the operators for the bonus

Pc bonus operators
Tim

Tim Super Voucher is tim's offer for pc bonus and ultra broadband internet.

It includes internet up to 1 Giga, HUB+ modem with Wi-Fi6, unlimited calls to all landlines and mobile numbers to pair a tablet or PC at the user's choice.

The voucher, in all 500 euros, consists of:

  • a contribution of 200 euros that covers the activation cost. It will be paid in the invoice in the form of a bonus of 10 euros for 20 months. The customer will then be able to activate TIM Fiber at the price of 19.90 euros per month instead of 29.90 euros/month.
  • a contribution of 300 euros for the purchase, together with the connection, of a tablet or PC. For now there are two products: the Samsung S6 lite WiFi tablet (at 29.90 euros thanks to the bonus, instead of 329.90 euros) and the PC Onda Oliver Plus 15.6" (at 99.90 euros instead of 399.90 euros).

Already available from November 9th.

Wind 3

There are only tablets in the Wind 3 offer, which clearly did not feel like asking users for a high upfront to purchase a computer, even given the high specifications required by Infratel on the devices (which prevents you from entering low-cost computers 200-400 euros in the catalog).

The user has three paths.

  • Samsung Galaxy TAB S6 lite tablet (value of 459.90 euros): the bonus includes 300 euros on the tablet that will then cost the customer 159.90 euros; 200 euros on the internet, spread over 12 months. The connection will then cost 12.31 euros per month for the first 12 months instead of 28.98 euros. Modem and activation included.
  • Free Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus 2nd gen tablet, plus a 10000 mAh powerbank. In this case there are 300 euros equal to the tablet cost which then becomes free; the rest on the internet fee, in 12 months, which will then cost 12.31 euros per month for the first 12 months instead of 28.98 euros. Modem and activation included.
  • Tablet Yoga Tab 4/64 Wifi – ZA3V0011SE free.In this case there are 240 euros equal to the cost of the tablet which then becomes free; the rest on the internet fee, in 12 months, which will then cost 7.31 euros per month for the first 12 months instead of 28.98 euros. Modem and activation included.

Already available from November 19th.

Vodafone

There are only tablets in the Wind 3 offer, which clearly did not feel like asking users for a high upfront to purchase a computer, even given the high specifications required by Infratel on the devices (which prevents you from entering low-cost computers 200-400 euros in the catalog).

The user has three paths.

  • Samsung Galaxy TAB S6 lite tablet (value of 459.90 euros): the bonus includes 300 euros on the tablet that will then cost the customer 159.90 euros; 200 euros on the internet, spread over 12 months. The connection will then cost 12.31 euros per month for the first 12 months instead of 28.98 euros. Modem and activation included.
  • Free Lenovo Tab M10 FHD Plus 2nd gen tablet, plus a 10000 mAh powerbank. In this case there are 300 euros equal to the tablet cost which then becomes free; the rest on the internet fee, in 12 months, which will then cost 12.31 euros per month for the first 12 months instead of 28.98 euros. Modem and activation included.
  • Tablet Yoga Tab 4/64 Wifi – ZA3V0011SE free.In this case there are 240 euros equal to the cost of the tablet which then becomes free; the rest on the internet fee, in 12 months, which will then cost 7.31 euros per month for the first 12 months instead of 28.98 euros. Modem and activation included.

Already available from November 19th.

The benefits of the 2020 pc bonus

The pc 2020 bonus is available to students, teachers and workers, and arises from the need to offer all the technological tools necessary to be able to study, carry on a lesson and work at 360 °. The lockdown highlighted the current situation and how much still a large part of the Italian population is unable to take advantage of all the means available.

The bonus 500 euros per pc allows the purchase of electronic devices, it is also recommended to choose suitable internet offers, which can save money in the short and long term.

If you need it try to apply for the bonus as soon as possible so as not to risk the fund ending.
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