France SIM Card
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|Key Features||Initial Credit||Domestic Talk Rates||International Talk Rates||Text / SMS Rates||Data/Voice Bundle|
Check and add call credit any time.
Buy call credit locally or through Cellular Abroad.
Roams in other countries.
90 day service life between recharges.
Just $0.07 per minute to the US or Canada
A low $0.22 per minute within France
Free incoming calls and texts
Optional data/int’l call bundle
just $69 for 3GB of data
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 in the country.The initial SIM card offers a generous 200 minutes of outgoing calls to the US or Canada or 60 minutes to calls to French numbers plus unlimited free incoming calls. While the SIM card features a French number, which makes it convenient for the locals to call you. We also offer an optional US number add-on. For $19, you get 360 minutes of incoming calls to a US number. Each additional bundle is $19.
If you need data, add-on a data bundle for just $69 for 3GB of 3G speed data for up to 30 days. This is enough data for the vast majority of travellers.
You can add more talk time to your SIM card by going to a café, a convenience store or through Cellular Abroad.
France Prepaid Recharge Card only $24.00 for €10.00 of talk time credit.
Save time by starting your stay in the France with an additional €10.00 of talk time. Each of these recharges gives about 200 minutes of calls to the US/Canada or at least 65 minutes in France. Incoming calls are always free while in France.
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 3GB of data to your France SIM card for just $69.
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 another 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. They are available during checkout.
Why don’t I just purchase a SIM card when I get to France?
Besides the convenience of purchasing a SIM card before your trip, the Lebara SIM card is not readily available. Other carriers, such as SFR, Vodafone and the standard Bouygues SIM card are available throughout France. However, the rates are not nearly as good as the Lebara SIM, and, you will not have instructions nor customer service in English.
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.
Didn’t you just say that the SIM card is not readily available in France?
True, the SIM cards are not readily available. Top up vouchers on the other hand are. Vouchers are electronically generated so if a store or café has vouchers for one carrier they have them for all.
Will it work as soon as I land in France?
Yes it will.
Does it work outside of France?
Yes but you will incur roaming rates. Unless you are taking a short trip outside of France, (ex.a trip to Switzerland for the day), we don’t recommend roaming with your SIM card.
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?
As long as you add credit every 90 days you can keep your number and use of the SIM card.
More questions? Call us at 800.287.5072 and we will be glad to be of assistance.