France SIM Card

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Unlimited calling within France

4G/LTE high speed data

Includes a French mobile number

Add-on US Number - $19 for 6 hours of incoming calls (available upon checkout)

Free incoming calls or texts from anywhere

Unlimited SMS within France

3 in 1 SIM card nano/micro/mini fits all phones

(Add-ons available upon checkout)
*Plan and add-ons last for 30 days from your arrival in France.

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Introduction

France SIM Card

If you plan on roaming with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile when you travel to France you may find that your current carrier will be expensive or with some carriers, there is no service at all. In addition, roaming plans offering "free" data roaming neglect to point out that their roaming speeds are at 2G speeds and hence, virtually worthless for anything but checking your email. A better option is to swap out your current SIM card and replace it with a Lebara French SIM card. This is a simple and effective way not only to save HUGE on voice and data roaming costs but to get 4G/LTE mobile data speeds. As long as your cell phone is unlocked and has the GSM bands, which most phones do, simply purchase Cellular Abroad's French SIM, put it in your cell phone and you are ready to make and receive calls and use the internet. Our SIM cards are 3-1 in size, meaning, they will adapt to any phone regardless of it is uses a standard, micro or nano sim card size.

Lebara uses the Bouygues network; one of the largest and most reliable carriers in France. We offer two plans; the Plan Touristique and the Plan Professional according to your needs. If your trip is short - maybe a week or 10 days and don't need to call the US or Canada or can use an app (like WhatsApp or Skype) to call home, the Plan Touristique is more than likely your best option. If you plan on using lots of data, for example, need Google Maps when driving and/or do not want to use an app to call internationally, then the Plan Professionnel is your best bet. As travelers rely more and more on data, the Plan Professionnel is becoming increasingly popular. Both plans are valid from the day you arrive in France and are immediately activated when you send a short text message in France as per the instructions that come with the SIM card.

If your trip is longer than 30 days, you can extend either plan for as long as you need in 30 day increments (available in check out). Please note that the minutes and mobile data do not carry over.

Please make sure that your cell phone is unlocked. With the exception of Verizon, most carriers lock their phones as they make huge profits (at your expense) on voice and data roaming!

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. For and additional $19, you can add a US number to your SIM card. The US number add-on, available during check out, adds a US based phone number to your SIM card in addition to your French number. This feature gives you 6 hours of incoming calls. If you need more, each additional 6 hour bundle is $19. You can also forward your current phone number to the new US number allowing your contacts to call you on your usual phone number but most travelers opt for a temporary number in order to enjoy their vacation and avoid pesky calls from telemarketers and that talkative aunt!

Data Plan

In France, free WiFi is seldom available, never secure and typically slow. Using your smartphone to check your emails, upload and send pictures of your trip and utilize convenient useful trip planning tools such as Google Maps, Google Translate or to Skype back home. Even if your hotel or apartments touts free WiFi, one great way to ruin your trip is to rely on, well, unreliable WiFi. Both of our plans offer secure, high speed data connectivity. Choose between the Plan Touristique, which provides 4GB of data, and the Plan Professionnel, which provides 20GB of data. Both plans offer 4G/LTE speeds.

One More Thing

The Plan Touristique does not offer international calling. Neither plan offers international text messaging. Carriers cannot compete with free texting apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage nor with low or even free international calling. We recommend using WhatsApp for international texting and, if you need to make an international call to a landline or someone who does not have an international plan and the Plan Professional does not fit your needs, use Skype. For a few pennies, you can make international calls using Skype.

Tourist Plan

Plan Touristique

4GB of 4g/LTE data
Unlimited calls to French numbers
Unlimited texts to French mobile phones
free incoming calls
French phone number
US number add-on option

$59.95

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Professional Plan

Plan Professionnel

20GB of 4g/LTE data
Unlimited calls to French numbers
Unlimited texts to French mobile phones
120 minutes to USA/Canada
free incoming calls
French phone number
US number add-on option

$79.95

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4G LTE

4G/LTE
Blazing fast data speeds!
Up to 60Mbps

Local Italy Number

Local Number
Get a French number with the option of adding on a US number

Coverage

Great Coverage
Bouygues 4G coverage is throughout France.
Click here for a coverage map

Save Money

Save Money
Roaming with US providers is slow and expensive

Free Shipping

Free Shipping
Free USPS shipping

US based Support

US Based Support
We have literally been offering international cellular service longer than Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T or Sprint (since 2001)

French SIM card Frequently Asked Questions

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. All Verizon smartphones come locked when you buy them from Verizon and are automatically unlocked after 60 days. phones purchased from Apple are unlocked. Most other phones from other carriers are unlocked. Ask your carrier if they will unlock it.

Can I make calls in France?
Yes. Both plans offer unlimited calling in France to both cell phones and landlines.

Can I text?
You can text within France as both plans have unlimited texting to French cell phones but, to text internationally, you must use an app such as iMessage or WhatsApp.

Can I make calls to the USA and Canada?
Only the Plan Professionnel allows you to make "conventional" calls internationally. We recommend you use an app such as WhatsApp or Facetime to call any cell phone worldwide and a calling app like Skype to call landlines. Skype charges pennies to make calls to landlines.

Can I use the SIM card outside of France (Does it roam)?
The SIM card does allow roaming in the EU but you will not be able to call internationally unless you use and app.

How long is the service plan valid?
Once you arrive in France and start using the SIM card, you will have 30 days of service. If you need additional days of service, you will need to purchase an additional 30 days of service. Your plan will renew but your data/minutes will not carry over.

Can I get more data?
It is not possible to add more data to your plan within the 30 day service life.

Can I use the French SIM in the US or Canada before my trip?
You should not use the SIM card before you land in France. While it may work, you would be paying roaming rates and you will not have credit when you arrive in France. You CAN put the SIM card in the phone to double check if it is unlocked or to practice putting in a SIM card.

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.

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.

    France SIM Card starstarstarstarstar 4.7

    Easy to use

    Jonathon from Los Angeles

    starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

    Great to have a local phone number. I also added on the US phone number so that family could reach me without paying extra charges. Roaming with my usual carrier would have been more expensive but mostly, I was on vacation and didn't want anyone and everyone to be able to reach me.

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Great Coverage

    Best Uses

    • Personal Phone
    • Rural Areas

    Describe Yourself

    • Business Professional

    Good service, worked exactly as expected

    Darboux from Philadelphia

    starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

    Changed the SIM card in my iPhone5 on the plane to France. Phone worked great as soon as we landed. Our friends were able to phone us using a French number. The data plan was very important as it let us use things like Google Maps when walking around. I used the phone just as I do at home.

    Cons

    • Messages A Bit Hard To Us

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Great Coverage

    Best Uses

    • Cities
    • Personal Phone
    • Travel

    Describe Yourself

    • Business Professional
    • Parent
    • Practical

    Great choice

    Judiblueeyes from San Francisco

    starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

    Have your friends call you using Skype, so their calls are cheap.

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Great Coverage
    • Lots Of Options

    Best Uses

    • Cities
    • Work Phone

    Describe Yourself

    • Business Professional

    Best Way to go.

    Alex from Austin

    starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

    Travel to France. I would consider Jailbreaking my iPhone in the future if you have one.

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Great Coverage

    Best Uses

    • Cities
    • Personal Phone
    • Travel

    Describe Yourself

    • Business Professional

    Perfect

    Alex from Austin, Texas

    starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

    The only problem is your US friends will have to call a French telephone number to reach you. Most liekly you cannot forward your US phone number. IF so it will cost a lot.

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Great Coverage

    Best Uses

    • Cities
    • Personal Phone
    • Rural Areas

    Describe Yourself

    • Practical

    Expensive but worth it for the convenience

    Deb loves Western Europe from Atlanta, GA

    starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

    The SIM card for France worked just fine, no problems at all.

    Cons

    • Personal data to activate
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Pros

    • Convenience
    • Easy to add minutes onlin
    • Lots of texting included

    Best Uses

    • Cities
    • Travel

    Describe Yourself

    • Business Professional
    • Leisure traveler
    • Practical
     

    As Recommended In

    • LA Times
    • PC Magazine
    • France Tourism Board
    • New York Times
    • Fodors
    • Dream of Italy
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    • Wall Street Journal
    • USA Today
    • Better Business Bureau



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