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Sim Card for touring in France? (page 2)

Jacquie GaudetTo Kathleen Classen

Hi Kathleen

That's great to know.  We'll use Al's work phone and wifi until I can get myself a sim card in Paris.  His employer has never complained about him using it on overseas vacations...  I think he'll be in for a shock when he retires and has to pay for a personal phone!

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8 months ago
Catherine HastingsTo Jacquie Gaudet

Hi Jacqui, 

The advice you have had already seems to have answered your question. However I thought I would share this wiki about mobile phone/data SIM plans around the world... Mostly the information is really up to date. It gives you a great overview of the rules and prices for each country, as well as coverage of the competing services and what systems/bands are in use. I have used it as a guide for Iran, Sri Lanka, Macedonia and Georgia (i.e. even less 'mainstream' countries), and it has been really helpful! Especially if buying a SIM in a country where you don't speak the language.

https://prepaid-data-sim-card.fandom.com/wiki/France

Have a good trip!

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8 months ago
Steve Miller/GrampiesTo Kathleen Classen

Am I right to surmise that for each company you have bought from you have not established an account, with possibility of recharge over the net by credit card, but rather have walked out of the store with a one month, (or ten days when used arrangement), supply of time, and would find another store to get that refreshed?

Once I bought a SIM from Lidl (actually Fonic) and could buy more time at LIDl's. I would pay 15 euros at the grocery and log in to my LIDl account to enter  a 15 digit code written on my LIDL receipt. It worked for a while, but when they discovered that my German address was not 100% legit, they cut me off without notice. 

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8 months ago
Kathleen ClassenTo Steve Miller/Grampies

Technically we can renew on our phones but the instructions are in German or Italian or French!  So we just head into the nearest storefront. 

Last year when we rode into Austria from Italy we both got an incomprehensible (for us) German text from Vodafone. We found the first young person we saw who translated and it meant ‘welcome to Austria where you can use your phone just like you did in Italy’. Well, thank you!  

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8 months ago
Jacquie GaudetTo Catherine Hastings

Hi Catherine

That link was useful.  Thanks!

I think I've decided to go with Free Mobile, purchased at a kiosk so I can get an extendable one-month prepaid service.  That way I won't have to remember to send a registered letter to Paris to cancel a rolling-over "forfait".

Jacquie

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