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    Going to France

    Hi we are going to France next week for 3 weeks. Spending most of the time in Marsielle with family. We have 3 iPhones and 1 Android that are all unlocked.

    We want to be able to communicate within France with each other and also make some calls back to the U.S.

    Not sure what type of voice/data plan we would need. What's the best carrier in France?




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    Going to France

    Check out Lebara.fr

    (There is an option to put site in English if you are in your mobile.)

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    I used bouygues telecom when I studied abroad. That was also 2005 so I know a lot has changed. I still think BT has the best coverage of all three carriers in Paris...outside of Paris I think Orange (France Telecom) is the best. I've never been impressed with SFR (Vodafone) on any of my trips. Mush's advice is sound but I am not sure what stores sell that sim card. Virgin may also have decent deals now. It wasn't the easiest to get SIM cards back in 05 (I had to use my address, etc), but I hope that has changed. Last time I went we just used at&t and paid for roaming as we weren't there too long. Enjoy!
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    If I were in one country for three weeks, I'd certainly get local prepaid SIMs. For information about prepaid SIMs check out www.prepaidgsm.net. In general, when you are abroad it's a good idea to have an appropriate backup plan. What's "appropriate" depends on your individual communications needs.
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    Orange prepaid sims work well. But buy it once you get there. Those being sold here through Amazon are a ripoff. Also add a few bucks to a Skype phone account and use Skype phone to make any calls back to the states for cheap using Wi-Fi if possible...

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    Free Mobile offers prepaid SIM cards out of vending machines at their stores (and many others). They have a 20 EURO (for a month) prepaid package which allows for virtually unlimited data, unlimited calls within France and countless destinations (including the U.S.) and also includes some free data roaming across Europe. That's probably the best deal on the market in France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy84094 View Post
    Free Mobile offers prepaid SIM cards out of vending machines at their stores (and many others). They have a 20 EURO (for a month) prepaid package which allows for virtually unlimited data, unlimited calls within France and countless destinations (including the U.S.) and also includes some free data roaming across Europe. That's probably the best deal on the market in France.
    That looks like a pretty good deal. I Ike the 20GB package with unlimited voice and text for a month. Even though we will be there for 3 weeks the monthly price per phone is pretty good.

    The kicker is I'm not sure if it's prepaid or not and not sure what type of payment they take. Some conflicting info about needing to have a French bank account. If you need one my wife's family has accounts of course. Also if you need one we will be landing in Paris then taking train to Marsielle. We will need to get SIM's when we are in Paris so we can communicate with family in Marsielle.

    Anymore input?


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    Grab a google voice number before you leave. Using the google hangouts app, you can place free calls back to the US and Canada from abroad for free. I still like it better than skype since you dont need to add $. Also because it integrates well with the rest of the google stuff I use/Android/etc.


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    It's pretty painless to obtain a prepaid SIM in France. My family usually uses Orange service there when travelling between Paris & Provence.Similar to the US, they also want your cold hard cash (Euros)



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    Quote Originally Posted by damba98 View Post
    Grab a google voice number before you leave. Using the google hangouts app, you can place free calls back to the US and Canada from abroad for free. I still like it better than skype since you dont need to add $. Also because it integrates well with the rest of the google stuff I use/Android/etc.


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    We all have Google voice #'s and have the hangouts app on our devices. We would need data to call if there's no WiFi available.


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    Quote Originally Posted by marc50267 View Post
    We all have Google voice #'s and have the hangouts app on our devices. We would need data to call if there's no WiFi available.
    In general, VoIP solutions, such as Google Voice, are alternate/backup calling methods for when you have unmetered Internet connectivity (e.g. WiFi). It's probably not cost effective if you are paying by the MB.

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    Cool. Yes, you could obtain that data via Orange too. Sure, it's a bit expensive but in reality you are talking about a 3 week expense vs a years worth of mandatory data costs for you family.

    Unless you are really off the grid, finding wifi in France (especially major cities) is also pretty easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by marc50267 View Post
    We all have Google voice #'s and have the hangouts app on our devices. We would need data to call if there's no WiFi available.


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