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 throughout France 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
3 GB of data bundle at 3G speeds
Add a US number in addition to
a French number (optional feature)
110 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, depending on your phone's requirements, 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 110 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 $79.95.
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. 3GB of data at 3G speeds are included in the price of the SIM card. 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 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|
|3 GB Data (3G)||Over 30 days||$450||$750||$7,065||N/A**|
|* AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile’s 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 - 3GB at 3G Speeds
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. The SIM card includes 3GB of data at 3G speeds. As with the call credit, this is valid from the moment you arrive in France and is good for up to 30 days. 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)
Will the SIM card work with my phone?
As long as your phone has the international GSM bands (virtually all do) and is unlocked, it will work. Be sure to select the correct SIM card size for your phone.
How much does it cost to make a call within France?
The SIM card includes unlimited calls to French numbers while in France.
Can I use the SIM card outside of France (Does it roam)?
While the SIM card does indeed roam, it is impossible to add more credit outside of France from a local store. You will need to purchase additional talk time from Cellular Abroad.
How do I know if 3GB of data is enough?
People use their phones in different ways and different tasks consume different amounts of data. For example, streaming uses a lot of data while emailing very little. If you ask your US or Canadian provider how much data you typically use in a month, you should be able to extrapolate from that if 3GB is enough data.
Can I get more data?
It is not possible to add more than 3GB of data within a 30 day period.
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. You will receive the instructions together with your SIM card.
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.