France SIM Card
|Information and Talk Rates Chart|
|Key Features||Initial Credit||Rates w/in France||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.
Unlimited calls in France
Unlimited SMS in France
Unlimited incoming calls/text
5GB of data bundle for $49
(optional add on)
Add a US number in addition to
a French number (optional feature)
50 included minutes to the USA/Canada
France SIM Card
Swapping out your current Verizon, AT&T or other SIM card with a Lebara French SIM card is an easy way to save huge on roaming costs when traveling to France. As long as your cell phone is unlocked and has the GSM bands, simply purchase a standard, micro or nano SM card, put it in your cell phone and you are ready to make and receive calls and browse the internet as soon as you arrive in France. Please note that mobile data is an additional fee.
Lebara uses the Bouygues network; one of the largest and most reliable carriers in France. The initial SIM card offers unlimited free incoming calls, unlimited calls and texts in France and includes 50 minutes of calls to the US or Canada. More international minutes are available.The service is valid for 30 days from the day you arrive in France. If you are planning on being in France for more than 30 days, we can extend the service in blocks for 30 days for an additional $59.95
If you need a micro or nano SIM card, we will also include a set of SIM card adapters and a SIM tool so you can easily swap out your current SIM card and insert the French SIM.
US Number Add-on
The Lebara SIM card includes a French phone number. Although convenient for the locals, your contacts back home would have to call a French number to reach you. We offer a US number add-on. 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. Alternatively, can forward your current phone 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 internet access on your smartphone 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 $49, you get 5GB of data at 3G speeds for up to 30 days. This is plenty of data for the vast majority of travelers and significantly less expensive than buying an international data bundle through your current provider.
|How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For The France Compare To Your Current Carrier?|
|Outgoing Local||Unlimited 30 days||$1.29||$1.29||$1.29||$1.49|
|Calls to N. America||$0.22||$1.29||$1.29||$1.29||$1.49|
|5 GB Data (3G)||Unlimited 30 days||$450||$750||$7,065||N/A**|
|* AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobiles rates exclude tax which is approximately 20% of the value. In addition, our solution is not a roaming solution and therefore is more reliable and faster.
**T-Mobile does not offer 3G speeds in France.
Data Plan - 5GB over 30 days for $49
Many travelers need to be able to access the internet when in France. International data plans with carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and others expensive or unavailable. Trying to find free wifi is time consuming and not always available. For an extra $49 we offer 5GB of mobile data at 3G speeds. The coverage is on Bouygues, one of the largest carriers in France. Use Google Maps to see where you are and how to get to where you need to go. Find out if the bistro you want to go to has positive reviews and upload pictures and videos to Facebook or simply browse the web and check your emails. Don't want to wait in line at the Louvre to buy tickets? Buy them online at www.louvre.fr/en. Add the data plan to your cart or mention that you want to add a data plan to your rental if speaking to a customer service representative.
Please make sure that the cell phone you select is 3G (mobile data) enabled.
One recharge will give you 100 minutes of outgoing calls to the US/Canada or 65 international texts messages or a combination of each. Incoming calls are always free while in France. (excludes multiple $0.15 connection fees)
What phone should I choose?
Our entry level packages are the most popular phones for travelers who need an easy to use, no-nonsense handset that is ideal for making and receiving calls. If you need data while in France you will need a smartphone such as the iPhone or any other phone that has 3G. Need help choosing a phone? Call us at 800.287.5072
Will the phone work with other SIM cards?
Yes. All the phones we sell are unlocked and work with other SIM cards.
Will the phone work in the United States and Canada?
Yes, the phones work almost anywhere in the world, even the US and Canada. As long as you have GSM coverage, the phones will work. If you want to use this as your primary phone in the US or Canada, you might want to consider purchasing a local SIM card in order to get better rates.
How good is the coverage in France?
Coverage is exceptional. There are, of course, areas where there is limited coverage but as a rule of thumb, where there are people or roads (excluding isolated country roads), there is usually coverage.
Where can I get more talk time?
You get unlimited calling within France so you only need more call credit for the international calls/sms. Additional credit is available through Cellular Abroad.
Will it work as soon as I land in France?
Yes it will work. Be sure to follow our activation instructions before you leave for your trip.
How much will it cost people in the USA/Canada to call me on my France number?
That depends on their plan. If this is a concern to you, add a US number to your plan. This is an exceptional value and a very popular feature of our products.
Can I keep my usual number?
Yes you can. You can simply forward your current number to your new US number (if you add the plan). Please ask your current carrier how to do this. More questions? Call us at 800.287.5072 and we will be glad to be of assistance.