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Mobile calls from France

I see people putting text messages on the phone or computer and I think, ‘Why don’t you just call?’
William Shatner

Being in touch.

Every time, going into the trip we think how to stay in touch with our family and our friends. Of course, there is always an option of free communication via the Internet, but still, there are cases when you need to make a phone abroad. You can always use your operator, but it’s not a secret that roaming is not cheap, especially for mobile internet. What we should do in this case?

Pre-paid SIM card.

In France, you can buy a SIM card from one of the French mobile operators: Orange, SFR or Bouygues. This is the 3 most major local mobile operator. They suit if you’re going to do a lot of calls in France or in the European Union. Operators provide a very useful function: driving to any country, you get an SMS with the full billing based on your location. A variety of calling plans allow you to choose the best for you: unlimited calls & SMS within the country or the most cheap calls abroad.

On the other hand, you can buy a SIM card, expetually for abroad calls such as Lycamobile or Lebara. However, in this case, the call within France are unprofitable, and SMS messages are just golden.

The the average price is near 1.5 euros for 1 minut and 0.5 euros for an SMS.

So the choice is yours …

Internet.

In Paris it’s quite easy to find open public WI-FI network in the public places. There is even a municipal Paris WI-FI, which is free and available upon registration, however, find it’s not easy.

In addition, the already mentioned operators give access to their WI-FI to all subscribers who have bought their sim card.

Note that if you book an apartment with us, we will give you a completely free access to one of the most popular WI-FI networks in Paris.

You can also purchase a USB modem with the same Orange, SFR and Bouygues. The cost of the modem is about 30 euros, as for montly bill, for today, Orange and SFR are significantly cheaper because they offer rates of 8 and 7 euros per month, at the same time, a month at Bouygues worth as much as 19.90 euros .

Where to buy?

You can buy a SIM card at telephone salon in Paris, they are really everywhere: in shopping malls, tourist streets (Champs Elysées, Rivoli), and even at the major subway stations.

Sim card cost 9.90 euros, with a balance of 5 euros. Then it will need to be replenished.

Recharge.

Depositing money is quite simple, you can buy a card of 5,10,15, 20, or 30 euros in a newspaper or tobacco shops, also you can find them in stores such as Auchan, Carrefour, Casino. In addition, you can recharge balance through the internet or bank terminal.