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Old 26.03.2011, 15:55
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Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

I've got a week's trip to France coming up, but can't find any sensible prices for data and voice use over there.

I'll be using an unlocked iPhone, and just need to be able to make a few calls to CH and the UK, and some light data use, checking emails and so on. But I don't want to be screwed by Orange CH's international roaming charges.

I was hoping to be able to get a French pre-paid SIM or similar which would do the job - it's only for a week.

Has anybody done anything similar or found any good solutions? The major providers over there only seem to offer long-term or contract stuff.
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Old 26.03.2011, 16:05
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

I hear ya ! Two trips to Scotland over 2 months and the bills were 400 and 300 more than usual
What about Lebara ?
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

Yes, I looked at Lebara, and they're not bad.

But then I got to thinking it would be more sensible to just use a French SIM (calls back to CH and UK will be minimal). However, I can't find any French providers that do the traditional PAYG type offer. Weird.
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

Orange do for sure. Seen the payg sims in l'eclerc in st Louis
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Old 26.03.2011, 16:25
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

The only Orange ones I could see was the Mobicarte, which doesn't seem to offer data, unless you buy a phone with it as well. That said, their website is a mess, so it could be I misread it...

This sort of exercise should really be easier these days...!
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I've got a week's trip to France coming up, but can't find any sensible prices for data and voice use over there.

I'll be using an unlocked iPhone, and just need to be able to make a few calls to CH and the UK, and some light data use, checking emails and so on. But I don't want to be screwed by Orange CH's international roaming charges.

I was hoping to be able to get a French pre-paid SIM or similar which would do the job - it's only for a week.

Has anybody done anything similar or found any good solutions? The major providers over there only seem to offer long-term or contract stuff.
Are you using an Orange contract sim or PAYG?

If it is contract i think there are a few travel options that you can "add on" to your contract that might help. Everything is in english on the site to help to see if it meets your requirements. Not sure whether the same option is available for PAYG - i don't think it is.
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Old 26.03.2011, 18:30
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Are you using an Orange contract sim or PAYG?

If it is contract i think there are a few travel options that you can "add on" to your contract that might help. Everything is in english on the site to help to see if it meets your requirements. Not sure whether the same option is available for PAYG - i don't think it is.
Funny you should mention it, I was just looking at that! It's basically CHF 4 per day for a certain amount inclusive, can't remember how much off the top of my head. It'll be interesting to compare that to Lebara and the like...
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

I bought myself a Simyo SIM card for one euro giving me calls for 19c a minute in France. There is nothing cheaper as far as I can tell. You will need a French address to get it delivered though.

I just checked the website and they are giving even more free minutes for the one euro.

www.simyo.fr
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

Thanks for thanking, i checked the tarif for SIMYO international calls, not fantastic - 75c - details here http://www.simyo.fr/telephonie-mobil...myo-tarifs.pdf


Also they do not cover Antartica. (Antarctique - Cuba - Diego Garcia - EMSAT - Groenland - Iles Cook - Iles Falkland (Malouines) - Iles Salomon Kiribati - Lituanie - Nauru - Niue - Norfolk - Onari - Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée - Russie – Sao Tome & Principe - St. Helene - Timor Oriental - Tokelau Tuvalu - Wallis & Futuna.)

I must say I use Symio for in-country calls, I have VOIP for international.
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Thanks for thanking, i checked the tarif for SIMYO international calls, not fantastic - 75c - details here http://www.simyo.fr/telephonie-mobil...myo-tarifs.pdf

I must say I use Symio for in-country calls, I have VOIP for international.
Yes, they look good for domestic calls, but for international it seems to be coming down to a toss up between Lebara and Orange CH's travel option. It's the data that's going to hurt I think, and I'm definitely going to need that while I'm away.

One day someone's going to come up with a Europe wide solution, and when they do they'll make a killing!
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

Has anyone used www.tepwireless.com ? it looks like a good way to cut on roaming whilst abroad. Any reviews for tep ?
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

Not tried it, but it's an interesting idea. I was bit sceptical about their claim that "All personal information and data is immediately erased from the devices after they are returned." Call me paranoid, but...
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

The best I have come up with is www.abroadband.com for data, but it is more for emergency use rather than everyday use. How do you get around the French address bit? Is there a PO Box you can use, rather like the one in Germany at Weil am Rhein.
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

I recently rented a pocket wifi service with Tep. It works very well.. Its basically a service that gave access to internet anywhere in europe. We connected our iphones and laptops to it at all times.. a life safer!
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Re: Avoiding Roaming Charges in France

The only mobile carrier that has abolished roaming charges within Europe has been so far the Irish Meteor. I guess it is just a dream that the other major EU operators such as Vodafone etc would follow the idea..
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