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Which mobile network (SIM card) to use in France?

Posted by Hudson1922-201544 - Created: 6 years ago
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Posted by Debbie.Wenn-246797 - 6 years ago

message for "unclebuck" as you appear very knowledgeable on phones etc...looking at your postings on the new Free mobile contracts and was wondering if you could help me. Currently I have a landline with France Telecom and a Livebox for internet access. I know we are paying too much for this service and wonder if Free do a similar package and if they do the switch-over for new customers? I also have a sim free mobile and use SFR recharge coupons which I find I am not using as much as I used to when my son was here in France (now gone to Uni in the UK),

I always thought that changing your landline would be a "nightmare" and didn't want to risk losing internet access or the use of my number etc..

Any advice?

Thanks

e mail debbie.wenn@hotmail.com

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Posted by Depanordique - 6 years ago

Free Mobile is cheap, especially if you need/want all the features, but that doesn't mean that they're always the best fit. And, unlike pre-paid cards, you need a French bank account and address.
Also, since he only needs it for six weeks, getting a full-blown subscription may be more bother than it's worth.

And the website of Free Mobile is mobile.free.fr


Do you know if other operators are matching this deal? It would be great to be able to buy the card in the boutique and not have to order it in advance...

The closest match is B&You, which is just about a direct copy of Free's 20€ offer. And, in fact, I just ordered it for a client yesterday. But, like all the budget brands everything is done over the internet so don't expect to get help in a Bouygues Télécom shop (B&You is the budget brand of Bouygues). http://www.b-and-you.fr/

Then there's Sosh, which is Orange's budget brand. They're slightly more expensive, but has a few extra features that some may find interesting. Like B&You everything is done through their homepage. http://www.sosh.fr/

If you want to be able to get help in a shop and still not pay through the nose, then Virgin Mobile is you only choice. They're still a good deal more expensive than Free and B&You, though. http://www.virginmobile.fr/


There are many others as well, so I suggest you use one of these services to find the offer that works the best for you:
http://www.lebonforfait.fr/
http://www.meilleurmobile.com/

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Posted by unclebuck-261169 - 6 years ago

Hi Allison,
I am still also currently with Orange and they have tried to get me to stay but their offer is way way off the mark, they wanted €49a month for a two year contract,, france only unlimited !!
I currently pay €55 a month for a 12mnth contract for 4 hours france only and 500mb internet !!!
It has worked out much cheaper to run that and the free one for the moment, but when my contract ends I will port my number to free.So far I have made call to the UK with no problem.

Sorry the link should be www.mobile.free.fr but the one you also put can go to it.

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Posted by Allison99 - 6 years ago

I think you meant www.free.fr for the link. Do you know if other operators are matching this deal? It would be great to be able to buy the card in the boutique and not have to order it in advance...
Allison

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Posted by unclebuck-261169 - 6 years ago

The Free network. You can have a sim for 19.99 with unlimited calls to fixed and mobiles in France and unlimited to fixed to may european countries, also to fixed and mobile in USA and canada.It also gives you 3gig of internet usage, It is contract free you just need a mobile that is unlocked, and these are available for as little as €20.00.. Simply sing up on the net and it takes around 2 weeks for the sim to arrive.

www.mobile.free.com

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Posted by Depanordique - 6 years ago

Probably Virgin Mobile prepaid-cards. But it does depend on your usage.
Could you give some more details on what kind of service (voice, sms, data) you need?