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Prepaid/pay-as-you-talk SIM cards available in France?

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1. Posted by Altissima (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

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I am planning to visit Paris and Provence in May/June of 2007. I would like to bring my mobile phone (cell phone) from Australia.

Are prepaid/pay-as-you-talk SIM cards readily available in France? If so, what are they called and where would I buy one? (In Australia I would buy from Newsagent, convenience store, supermarket or phone shop).

I would be grateful for any information you could provide - and happy to help you if you ever need any information about Melbourne or Australia!

Kind regards,

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Shouldn't be a problem, if it's anything like Norway, the UK or the Netherlands. You just pick one up in a convenience store or the post office, or of course through Vodafone or one of the providers there directly in their stores.

That, or you could spend a bit more and purchase one before you go which has the benefit of being able to give out your new number before leaving home (and I think generally English instructions on set up as well, which can be useful in some countries!).

3. Posted by Altissima (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Thankyou SamIAm for your quick reply. I checked the link - most of these buy-before-you-go services are for US, UK or the rest of Europe only. However, Your message gave me the idea of checking with vodaphone and other companies here in Australia if I can buy from them a card for use in Europe/France.

4. Posted by Altissima (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Can anyone please tell me how I would ask for a prepaid/pay-as-you-talk SIM card in French and any other terminology I might need? (It's not covered in my phrase book!)


[ Edit: Edited on Dec 26, 2006, at 12:41 AM by Altissima ]

5. Posted by inthemerde (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y

No stress!!
You can get these cards everywhere in Paris, and you don't need to memorize anything in french for that. There are three main GSM providers Orange, SFR and Bouygues. All of them offer these cards. Show your phone, say sim card please and in 5 min. you are talking.

6. Posted by Altissima (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Great! Thanks for the tips.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 28, 2006, at 1:33 AM by Altissima ]

7. Posted by ccsiaix (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Quoting Altissima

Great! Thanks for the tips.

Hello Kirsten,

First, I wish you a warm WELCOME in France and in Provence !

It is easy to get a pre-paid phone card in France BUT you must know that according to french laws, you must register when you start to use one of this card.

When you buy one SIM card, you must show your passport or ID-card and a legal proof of your home address.

The cheapest and easiest way to buy a pre-paid card is to buy the "M6 mobile kit by Orange" in a librairy. Its cost is 15 €uros.
Then, you have to register by sending copies of yours papers by mail.

If you want i can buy and register for you in exchange of a 15 €uros present from Australia ...

Do you have other questions about France and Provence ?
Happy New Year

Aix en Provence

8. Posted by Altissima (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Bonjour Christophe, and Merci for this useful information. Also Bonne Année!
You are kind to offer to help me buy the Orange mobile kit, but I think it may be too complicated!

If I buy a SIM card in a librairy (I think maybe you mean 'newsagent'?) can I register immediately, or is it always necessary to register by mail?

I appreciate your advice - thank you very much. :)
Kind Regards,

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