Internet in France

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  1. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    How do I get a 3g type internet card for a wifi in france?
    Before I have used my Orange account and got ripped to shreds on costs. Can I just by a 3g French sim card in France, stick it in me Mifi and then surf the net pretty much like I could do with a MIFI 3g Sim here?

    Do I need to be crossing one of our French funsters palms with silver to get me a 3 G internet card? :RollEyes:

    TIA

    Mr & Mrs Haggers
     
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    Hiya Paul!!

    According to JJ it is the best option : buy a local one, whatever the country. I know nothing about the stuff , as you might know , i am just brainless when things come to mobiles or computers stuffs:Blush:. So if you tell me exactly what to buy you , i'll do it no prob . If you just need an address you can have mine no prob either!

    Let me know (i'm off to the swimming pool for at least 2 hours, leaving NOW!)


    Amicalement


    Frankie:BigGrin::Wink:
     
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  3. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    well Maybe JJ will know exactly what to buy as I am as clueless as you Frankie :Rofl1:

    I think or was told that you have to have an address now days to buy a pay as you go sim? not sure about this though. I want one with internet capabilities in order for me to just check email and send you all some lovely pictures of our upcoming Alpine Ski meet. :thumb:

    Shall we ask the Man when he wakes up? there's no rush, im not going till February.:thumb:
     
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    I've been looking for a cheap PAYG Sim for internet access in France.

    I have them for most other North European countries.

    However France seems to be the sticking point, they do exist, but they are very expensive compared to UK and other Euro countries.

    I also would be interested in anyone knows a good French deal.

    In most other countries I can pay about €10 per month for 500 mb or 1Gb, or alternatively €2.50 per day unlimited, but at slower speeds which are still ok for surfing , e-mail etc.
     
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    Paul we bought a T.Mobile roaming dongle and put £40 worth on...

    We thought it was for 30 days unlimited use...

    Wrong it gave you so much Giga somethings...

    I sat at a site in France when it was raining and a thing came on screen (You have used all your Credit up, to buy more phone this number)...

    Could have only been about 6 - 8 hours use overall... :Doh:

    So that, I think worked out expensive.. :thumbdown:

    Be warned...
     
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    When I made enqiries in France for PAYG card 3 years ago, it was very expensive compered with the UK. In the end I found the cheapest way was to use my Spanish or Potugese cards when in France.

    Doug...
     
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    Thanks Mo, I think that is similar to what I had with my Orange sim. That is why I wanted a proper French one.
    My orange phone bill came in at £160, however i was phoning funsters at 2am to say hello :Eeek:
     
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    We use a PAYG card in France, it's SFR (nee Vodafone).

    For this type of card they have very short expiry dates, 14 days, 31 days or 2 months etc depending on the value you purchase. The SIM also expires (in our case within 6 months) if not used, so beware.
     
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    so how would I get one of these and what would I need for it? also does it do internet?
     
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    We used these people, but bought ours years ago so you will have to check the current detail.
    See they also do something with data too so maybe this is your answer?

    Hope it's what you are looking for

    http://www.0044.co.uk/france/sim-card.htm
     
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    Vodafone USED to do a £10 data traveller for france and you could use 25mb a day while in france but they have stopped that EXCEPT for anyone with a £40 monthly contract, it might be worth going to that if you are going away, might be cheaper than the £160 you used last time.
    It went to SFR as soon as you crossed into France.
     
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    Just checked that one out!!! £49-00 for a data sim card for a month :Eeek:
    jees, I wish we were in the Euro :Laughing:
     
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    Back from the swimming pool :Cool:...:BigGrin:

    So , JJ is very busy at the moment with Luis de Matos's show, He won't be up when you are and vice versa! He should be back to a rather normal life (but not for long , other shows planned!) on Monday .... unless he cathes up with some sleep and ...i am afraid it will be hard to have a proper reply before 24 hours :Laughing::Laughing: AND then ...well... take a ticket cause i'll be waiting too for a little chat:Wink: .

    To be serious, send him a PM and i am sure he will reply as soon as he can !

    My address is still yours if needed!


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Smile::Smile:
     
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    Paul..and the Haggers family...
    If it was me coming over to France, and I lived in the UK... I would do what a friend of mine does,He has done this now for a couple of years( he is a fellow funster), he goes to the SFR shop in Cite Europe in Calais...(it is not a cheap way but nothing is over here except the :wine::wine: and more:wine: but you can not live on wine alone, I know many will try)

    The SFR shop will set it up for you and set up an address so its running....this ok if you do not know any or just understand a little French ,also it would save you needing a French address,
    Ask the person to write down on a piece of paper what you need to ask for when you want to refill/top up your sim card at any other SFR shop in France......
    The reason I say this is!!, another member on here (a friend) came over to France and called at a supermarket and collected his own sim card ok he thought that went well no problems....what's all the fuss about...then asked the wife to set it up.....Chris did all the necessaries....and it worked.....but then he got a message come up on his phone, if he did not put his bank details in and other information required also his FRENCH ADDRESS it would terminate in a few days....he had paid 25 euros for virtually nothing:Doh:

    Now mine is a Orange Dongle on a monthly contract of 15 euros per month.....and for this I get 200mbs to use in a month to be used Monday to Sunday inclusive + another 200mbs I can only use at the weekends and national holidays........Rubbish I hear you say YES you are correct I say.....
    Sometimes we could not get a signal on Orange, sometimes a very slow signal and sometimes 3g...also we spend a lot of our Mbs allowance trying to get into our emails account....and getting nothing...so we would try again later, another problem was to find out how many Mbs you have left... it costing you more of your allowance trying find out!!! BUGGERS..so we are not that pleased to say the least.....Now my friend with the SFR may get less MBs for the same amount of money, BUT.. his SFR is a pay as you go...so no yearly contract like ours....plus every time he wanted to get onto the internet he did on 3g a fast speed ..so was using less of his Mbs trying ( if that makes sense ).....:Eeek::Doh:

    Mel:thumb:
    I would find out more info for you" BUT " at the moment he is flying back from the uk to Spain and his wife will be picking him up at the airport....but you could contact him yourself later if you was interested:thumb:

    you could look on the SFR shop http://www.sfr.fr/

    http://www.sfr.fr/mobile/cle-pc-tablette/cle-internet-cle-internet-3g?vue=0002f9
     
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    Now you are back, I do hope you are going to personally reprimand Napoleon III for the rudeness to our PM. No Christmas card for him this year.
     
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    I heard him described today as " the pound shop Napolean "

    love it !!!

    barry:Smile:
     
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    I hope not, he died in 1873.

    Possibly isn't too worried about Christmas cards this year either...
     
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    Brian...

    " CHRISTMAS CARD" From Nick S...he may have more luck from Nick C

    I hope David Cameroooooon is not expecting a card from Nick

    They do not send Christmas cards :Doh:........Joyeux Noel :Wink: that is if Nick S could find one in the shop...a very rare item:Eeek::Doh::Rofl1:

    BAH HUMBUG :Angry:..:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:....springs to mind:Wink::Wink:

    C/Dickens...time1843 Ebenezer Scrooge...those were the days... or still are

    Just dreaming Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    I wish we could find some of these in the shops
    Turkey's (you may find 1 If you are lucky),... Ham to boil...Christmas Pudding .....Christmas Cake....Pork pie.....Sausage rolls.....Mince pies...and the list goes on....,Curry, Chinese, all the good English Christmas food....Mmmmmm Zzzzzz


    :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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  20. lesleyjean

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    Hi Paul

    have a look here.


    I bought a spanish data sim from ebay before we went to Spain and used it in my unlocked 3 mifi.
    You have to set up a profile in this country before you go I think.
    Well I set up a profile in this country using my 3 mifi with a 3 simcard in it.
    Then when I was in Spain, just put sim in and it worked.
    Haven't tried the French version yet but maybe will do soon. Have a good read at the different ones.

    Lesley
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_f...nkw=FRENCH+SIM+CARD&_sacat=See-All-Categories
     
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