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just had a thought if I try ringing campsites when in france I will be charged a lot i think so my question is how easy is it to get a sim card in france and if so where is the best place to get one

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It's not very easy but Leclerc is about the best. They don't seem to have pay as you go like we do so there's usually a monthly charge from 1. 50€ a month but check them out http://www. leclercmobile. fr/formules. html I think you need a French address and a French bank for the monthly payments too.

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I am not quite sure why you are concerned about using your own mobile phone. The EU has gradually bringing the price of EU calls down so a 3 minute call to a campsite is likely only to cost about £1. Is that too much?

 

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As I understand it, if you call a French number in France with a UK phone, or anywhere else, your call is routed to the UK, which is one international call and then back out to France which is another international call, so calling within France costs you double that of calling the UK. Is this correct?

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take your laptop and use Skype (as noted on other threads) will cost you virtually nothing!!

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take your laptop and use Skype (as noted on other threads) will cost you virtually nothing!!

 

If you had WiFi to use Skype you'd just use email (with google translate too) wouldn't you?

 

I think the query is to do with when no other means is available, and the easiest way is probably to go to a tabac and get a phone card for a coin box and use that, cards are about €7. 50 for about an hours calls for UK calls from the most expensive providers to about 6 hrs if you choose france telecom and use it for french calls.

 

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As I understand it, if you call a French number in France with a UK phone, or anywhere else, your call is routed to the UK, which is one international call and then back out to France which is another international call, so calling within France costs you double that of calling the UK. Is this correct?

Brian

 

Brian

 

I am pretty sure that is not correct. You are phoning a local number via a local network so you should only be charged as one call as it should go no where near the UK.

 

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Hi David.

Yes you are correct. I just checked for my phone (Orange PAYG) and the cost of phoning from say France to France is the same as phoning UK, (38p/min) and is same for anywhere in Europe zones 1&2. So France to Germany would be same.

Brian

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Sim cards in france are very expensive,you buy the card & then also buy airtime. I ended up buying a cheap phone from Le clerk & 10€ airtime total cost €49 but still cheaper than a sim card. air time is also subject to a time limit (1 month I think)The cheapest way is to buy an ordinary phone card

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I have a Leclerc 'phone and use my Nationwide credit card to pay the €1. 50 per month. AS long as you top your card up within 12 months then your sim card remains valid. You can top up via the Internet by going to the Leclerc Mobile site and inserting your mobile number. https://rec. leclercmobile. fr/

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I have a Leclerc 'phone and use my Nationwide credit card to pay the €1. 50 per month. AS long as you top your card up within 12 months then your sim card remains valid. You can top up via the Internet by going to the Leclerc Mobile site and inserting your mobile number. https://rec. leclercmobile. fr/

 

Robbie

 

Interesting that you have managed to do that with a UK card. Someone I know who is over from Australia has tried several times in France to buy a mobile dongle. He has gone to specialist shops who are willing to get round the French address bit but it would not accept his Australian credit card. This has happened in at least on two attempts at purchasing a dongle.

 

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Robbie

 

Interesting that you have managed to do that with a UK card. Someone I know who is over from Australia has tried several times in France to buy a mobile dongle. He has gone to specialist shops who are willing to get round the French address bit but it would not accept his Australian credit card. This has happened in at least on two attempts at purchasing a dongle.

 

David

 

Possibly something to do with the UK being EU and Australia isn't??cool.gif

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Possibly something to do with the UK being EU and Australia isn't??cool.gif

 

Ted

 

Maybe so but a credit card is a credit card, unless of course there is a time out on the authorisation?

 

David

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Ted

 

Maybe so but a credit card is a credit card, unless of course there is a time out on the authorisation?

 

David

 

Two of my friends also have Leclerc mobile 'phones, and one uses a UK crdit card whilst the other uses a UK debit card. No problems at all. There must be something wrong with his card, or perhaps Leclerc don't like non-EU cards.

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Two of my friends also have Leclerc mobile 'phones, and one uses a UK crdit card whilst the other uses a UK debit card. No problems at all. There must be something wrong with his card, or perhaps Leclerc don't like non-EU cards.

 

He has had no problem using it in the supermarket, its just when topping up they won't accept it.

 

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He has had no problem using it in the supermarket, its just when topping up they won't accept it.

 

David

 

They both use theirs to pay the monthly charge whilst they are in England, not in the supermarket.

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Forget French sim cards use your own. Even the cheapest French rate, Leclerc, is 38c/min + 1. 50€/month whereas Tesco and Asda payg are 35p/min for calls within the EU. There may be even cheaper U. K. rates on monthly tarifs but I think calls are now 35p/min for all operators throughout the E. U.

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Forget French sim cards use your own. Even the cheapest French rate, Leclerc, is 38c/min + 1. 50€/month whereas Tesco and Asda payg are 35p/min for calls within the EU. There may be even cheaper U. K. rates on monthly tarifs but I think calls are now 35p/min for all operators throughout the E. U.

 

You also have to pay 19p per minute to receive calls. Likewise, if you 'phone home there is also an extra charge for the recipient.

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My goodness what is this world coming to when people cannot go away on a holiday for a measily 10/14 day's without having a mobile phone stuck to their ear hole. What did they do before the day's of a mobile phone? is it that vital? is it the case of life or death? I don't thing so. I only have mine in case of an emegency and that is all. I let family know where I am going and give them the telephone number together with dialing code purely for emergency use only, the last they hear from me is the day I go and the first they hear from me is after my return but then that's me. So the cost is virtually not an issue at all!

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You also have to pay 19p per minute to receive calls. Likewise, if you 'phone home there is also an extra charge for the recipient.

I know you pay to receive calls but I don't think the recipient of your calls needs to pay anything extra.

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You also have to pay 19p per minute to receive calls. Likewise, if you 'phone home there is also an extra charge for the recipient.

 

The OP posted

just had a thought if I try ringing campsites when in france

 

So, presumably, is not worried about receiving calls from the U. K. ;)

 

And a U. K. recipient does not pay to receive incoming calls. (at least, not on Tesco & Asda ). I call my wife in the U. K, regularly, whilst abroad and never paid to receive calls on my my home phone or her mobile accounts .

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You also have to pay 19p per minute to receive calls. Likewise, if you 'phone home there is also an extra charge for the recipient.

 

The OP posted

just had a thought if I try ringing campsites when in france

 

So, presumably, is not worried about receiving calls from the U. K. ;)

 

And a U. K. recipient does not pay to receive incoming calls. (at least, not on Tesco & Asda ). I call my wife in the U. K, regularly, whilst abroad and never paid to receive calls on my my home phone or her mobile accounts .

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just had a thought if I try ringing campsites when in france I will be charged a lot i think so my question is how easy is it to get a sim card in france and if so where is the best place to get one

 

A lot of people take their laptops with them and get free access in McDon. .. there you can use Google earth satellite images to have a look at the site your trying to book as well.

 

Also, as from 30th June 2010 all mobile calls made in Europe by UK network subscribers have been much cheaper than before, by legislative dictate. I made a few calls from France to UK on my mobile (basic welfare checks with my elderly and frail mother and mother-in-law - don't wanna get slammed for taking the brain microwaver on hols) and the cost was less than similar calls in March this year.

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