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Do you want a non-expiring French SIM card for travelling? €0.05/MB

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Mobiles
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  • DusterDuster Forumite
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    You could try joemobile france.

    Its run by SFR and online only. 1GB data for 11 Euro or 3GB with calls to landlines in 55 countries for 20 Euro. Dual Carrier H+
    Sim expires after 6 months of no useage. Accepts UK cards.

    There is a forum on the site where sim cards have been sent to people in the UK who have requested one on the forum(sender and receiver get a 5 euro credit). The forum post title for this is
    'Foreigner wanting to use Joe Mobile data plan during holiday' and that particular post is in english.

    Sorry but I cant post the links as a new user but google should find everything for you.
  • Stephen7372Stephen7372 Forumite
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    try https://www.togglemobile.co.uk calls for 3p free incomming calls UK and French number data 15p per mb :)
    Stephen
  • Duster wrote: »
    You could try joemobile france.

    Its run by SFR and online only. 1GB data for 11 Euro or 3GB with calls to landlines in 55 countries for 20 Euro. Dual Carrier H+
    Sim expires after 6 months of no useage. Accepts UK cards.

    There is a forum on the site where sim cards have been sent to people in the UK who have requested one on the forum(sender and receiver get a 5 euro credit). The forum post title for this is
    'Foreigner wanting to use Joe Mobile data plan during holiday' and that particular post is in english.

    Sorry but I cant post the links as a new user but google should find everything for you.

    You seem like a pretty smart bunch with a lot of this info already reviewed. I'm trying to make the same choice... spend a lot of time in France, esp. Paris... with an iPhone 5s.

    I do have the French bankcard option, though using a foreign card is preferred, but I think I've narrowed down my decision to B&YOU, JoeMobile, or LeFrenchMobile.

    I've seen the latter trashed elsewhere on the forum, so maybe that one should get crossed off right away. One thing I like about it is that I can add data bundles for other EU countries, as needed. Also, I can top up with a US credit card. The prices are higher, per use, but I don't know... I'm not a frequent user. This is more for convenience.

    That said, B&YOU and JoeMobile both seem better for use inside France. Circa 20€ for 3Go data and unlimited calls/texts with auto renew every 30 days.

    As far as I can tell, the B&YOU has access to a 4G network in the major cities. Not sure the same is true yet for JoeMobile, though I see reports that this is coming.

    On the other hand, JoeMobile has a thing where I can turn off the auto-billing with the flick of a digital switch, for times when I'm not in France, which is often enough to make that worthwhile.

    Is there anything in the decision I'm still missing, that might sway me in one direction? What do you guys think?

    Thanks in advance for your advice...
    JF
  • NFHNFH Forumite
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    B&You no longer offers its prepaid SIM cards. They migrated all their prepaid customers to Simyo, another Bouygues brand. Although existing B&You prepaid customers keep their current deal (as above), it is not available to new Simyo customers.

    If you want a SIM card to use all over the European Economic Area (at a higher cost than a country-specific SIM card), I would suggest Vodafone Italy or one of the UK networks such as Vodafone or Orange. These networks all have the most favourable data roaming bundles. For example Orange UK charges £1/20MB/day or £3/100MB/day.
  • I had narrowed down the choice between joemobile and B&You and in the end there was little difference and I went for joemobile.
    Now it looks like B&you is no longer the original option. Lefrench mobile was much too expensive. Joemobile will be offereing 4g in the future, their h+ dual carrier is very good though.

    I am in France most of the winter with short trips back to the UK and the on/off switch in the joemobile online cockpit is great to stop the auto renewal. I also enjoy the top up within the current month of 1GB for 6 euros.

    I have sent out several sim card packs through the recommend a friend scheme to people who don't have a French address however nano cards must be ordered direct from the website. If you do decide on joemobile and would like to benefit from the 5 euro recommend a friend scheme then pm me and I will e mail you a link to use.

    Good luck in your choice.
  • Duster wrote: »
    I had narrowed down the choice between joemobile and B&You and in the end there was little difference and I went for joemobile.
    Now it looks like B&you is no longer the original option. Lefrench mobile was much too expensive. Joemobile will be offereing 4g in the future, their h+ dual carrier is very good though.

    I am in France most of the winter with short trips back to the UK and the on/off switch in the joemobile online cockpit is great to stop the auto renewal. I also enjoy the top up within the current month of 1GB for 6 euros.

    I have sent out several sim card packs through the recommend a friend scheme to people who don't have a French address however nano cards must be ordered direct from the website. If you do decide on joemobile and would like to benefit from the 5 euro recommend a friend scheme then pm me and I will e mail you a link to use.

    Good luck in your choice.

    Thanks Duster... you're the second to mention the change in B&YOU... but I swear I just saw something very much like the 20€ JoeMobile option on the B&YOU site (I would post the link but apparently as a newbie to this forum I'm not allowed... below could work with proper letters added, maybe).

    w*w.b-and-you.fr/forfaits.html#
  • DusterDuster Forumite
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    jackster12 Agreed, found it from your reference, looks nearly the same as joemobile and they have added a 25 euro option since I last looked.

    Clearly it pays to keep looking as the various offers do change, I was with Orange last spring until I found joemobile.

    There is also some useful info on various providers at

    prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/France
  • NFHNFH Forumite
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    Duster wrote: »
    There is also some useful info on various providers at

    prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/France
    Also at http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/france.php
  • Hi

    I'm looking for a SIM only package something like the good old UK PAYG packages but for use in France.

    I'm heading off in a few days time to the French Alps for 5 weeks in an area where only SFR has the high speed data service that I require (I know because I paid through the nose last year via Vodafone UK using SFR service).

    From looking at this and other Forum sites I have come to the conclusion that JoeMobile is possibly the right choice for me but I'd like to tap into the knowledge here on this forum, if I may, to make sure I'm not getting my wires crossed and making a mistake.

    I understand from one forum that you can buy a JoeMobile SIM on Amazon (search on amazon.fr for "Joe Mobile Carte"). Presumably I could get it delivered to a UK address? Amazon France indicate this is possible and will cost €6 for a 2-3 day service. Due to my departing so soon I could instead have it delivered to my French address within a day.

    Would it then simply be a case of registering the SIM online with JoeMobile.fr? Anyone know how easy difficult this actually is? What is required? I understand from 'Duster' that they accept UK credit cards but is there anything else required to register the SIM? I did try to order a SIM on the JoeMobile website but came unstuck when they asked for proof of ID (French Passport, French ID Card, French Driving Licence... etc)

    As a separate note earlier in the JoeMobile website registration process I had problems getting them to accept my email address. Their site is too stringent and does not appear to allow email addresses with hyphens i.e. "-" even though they are internationally accepted as acceptable in domain and email naming conventions.

    I realise that with switching the service off after 2 payments the SIM would lapse after a further 6 months but presume I can go through the whole process again next year...?

    Any advice given would be much appreciated

    Martin
  • DusterDuster Forumite
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    Hi Martin,

    I am a big fan of joemobile and use it myself most of the winter in the French Alps. I am however currently in the UK.

    Joemobile(SFR) will only send out sim cards to a French address.

    This can be a holiday address, the ID you would need to put in is your UK passport number. I am sorry I can't help you with the e mail issue, I am unaware of this. They will then send a simcard pack to you at this address which you then activate on line.

    joemobile has a recommend a friend scheme where they send sim card packs to their members on request to give away to friends. Both the friend the member receive a 5 euro credit on activation for use on subsequent top ups. I think the amazon vendor may be using these sims but I may be wrong, it doesnt look like a formal joemobile vendor.

    Joemobile is without contract so once you have paid for one months service you can switch the sim off so no more payments are taken. The card will expire after 6 months non use, to stop this then top up with 5 euros minimum after 180 days to keep it active for another 6 months.

    I can send a recommend a friend sim pack out to you tomorrow morning by first class UK post if you think you will receive it in time, No charge, no catch just pm me your uk address.

    Hope all this helps, any more questions then please let me know.
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