France SIM Card
|Information and Talk Rates Chart|
|Key Features||Initial Credit||Domestic Talk Rates||International Talk Rates||Text / SMS Rates||Data/Voice Bundle|
Check credit any time
Buy call credit locally or through Cellular Abroad.
Roams in other countries.
6 month service life between recharges
Just €0.09 per minute to the US or Canada
A low €0.15 per minute within France
Free incoming calls and texts
5GB of data bundle for $69
(optional add on)
Add a US number in addition to
a French number (optional feature)
Free Lebara to Lebara calling
(Lebara is the carrier)
France SIM Card
The Lebara SIM card for France is a great alternative to roaming with a North American carrier if you plan on travelling to France. Lebara is a carrier using the Bouygues network; one of the largest and most reliable carriers in France.. The initial SIM card offers a generous 110 minutes of outgoing calls to the US or Canada or 60 minutes to calls to French numbers plus unlimited free incoming calls from anywhere in the world. The Lebara SIM card also offers free calling to other Lebara subscribers (great feature if there are other travelers in your group) and, if you plan on making a lot of calls within France and/or need data, we also offer an incredible value on a data package.
US Number Add-on
While the initial SIM card features a French number, which makes it convenient for the French locals to call you, it is less convenient for your contacts to reach you from North America. The US number add-on, available during check out, adds a US based phone number to your SIM card. You will still also retain your French phone number. This feature is available for $19 and offers 6 hours of incoming calls to a US number. Each additional bundle is $19. You can also forward your current number to the new US number allowing your contacts to call you on your usual phone number. The US number add-on is an exceptional value and eliminates the need for anyone to pay expensive roaming fees that North American providers charge for using their services abroad.
Having access to data on your device is a great way to conveniently check your emails, upload and send pictures of your trip and utilize useful trip planning tools such as Google Maps, Google Translate or Skyping back home. Free wifi is seldom available in France and is never secure. For just $69, you get 5GB of data at 3G speeds for up to 30 days. This is plenty of data for the vast majority of travelers. In addition and as an added bonus, the data add-on will also give you unlimited calls to French phone numbers as well as unlimited text messaging to French cell phones.
France Prepaid Recharge $24.00 for 200 minutes of calls to the US/Canada or at least 65 minutes in France. Incoming calls are always free while in France. (excludes multiple $0.15 connection fees)
Data Plan - 5GB over 30 days for $69
Having a data plan, an affordable data plan, is a great way to stay connected, share and plan your trip. Free wifi is not always available in France and exposes you to credit card and identity theft. In addition, it's virtually useless if you want to use Google Maps or find reviews of a restaurant or café you happen upon. You can add 5GB of data to your France SIM card for just $69. The plan also features a free bonus that for many, is well worth the price even if they are not interested in using data. You get unlimited calling to French landlines and cell phones PLUS unlimited text messaging to French cell phones.
Will it work with my phone?
As long as your cell phone is unlocked and has the 900 and 1800 Mhz bands, it is compatible with your phone.
How do I know if my phone is unlocked?
You cannot tell physically if your cell phone is unlocked. If you are with AT&T and you put a different SIM card (such as T-Mobile) in and it picks up a network, it is unlocked. Conversely, if you put in another carriers SIM card in and it says, “enter subsidy code” or similar, it is locked. Call your carrier to check to see if your phone is unlocked or if it qualifies for being unlocked.
Do you offer micro and nano SIM cards?
Yes we do. They are available for selection just about the “add to cart” button.
Why don’t I just purchase a SIM card when I get to France?
We offer you your number and rate plan before you go, the option to add on a US number and access to English support.
How good is the coverage?
In a word; excellent. As a rule of thumb, as long as there are roads that are traveled on and houses where people live, there is coverage, including the island of Corsica.
Where can I get more talk time?
You can get additional call credit either through Cellular Abroad or through any café or tabac throughout France.
Will it work as soon as I land in France?
Yes it will.
Does it work outside of France?
Yes, it will. We do request an activation email be sent by you once you receive the SIM card. We need your date of birth and passport number in order to activate your service.
How much will it cost people in the USA/Canada to call me on my French phone number?
That depends on their plan. A great option is to add the “US Number” feature to your service. Each $19 will give you 360 minutes of incoming calls on a US number.
Can I keep my usual US cell phone number ?
Yes you can. Purchase the US Number add on and forward your current number to the new one (ask your carrier what the procedure is). This is ideal for business travelers who need to be reached at all times but is also a double edged sword for travelers going for a bit of rest and relaxation as anyone who calls your usual number will reach you. Another option is just to give a select few your new US number.
Can I use the SIM card next year when I go to France?
You must add credit every 90 days to keep your number and service active. You can add credit while in the US, but typically it would be cheaper to get a new SIM and number for your next trip.
More questions? Call us at 800.287.5072 and we will be glad to be of assistance.