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    • NFH
    • By NFH 20th Oct 12, 1:23 PM
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    Do you want a non-expiring French SIM card for travelling? 0.05/MB
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    • 20th Oct 12, 1:23 PM
    Do you want a non-expiring French SIM card for travelling? 0.05/MB 20th Oct 12 at 1:23 PM
    In a thread on the Prepaid GSM forum, a number of us want to buy a prepaid SIM card from B&You, the budget subsidiary of Bouygues Telecom (just like Giffgaff and O2 in the UK). The reasons are:
    • Apart from Lycamobile, it is the first French SIM card that you don't have to top up regularly to prevent it from expiring. Other French SIM cards expire at the speed of light if you don't top up frequently, so they are not suitable for occasional visitors to France.
    • The prices are low for PAYG - 0.10 per min (charged per second), 0.05 per SMS and 0.05 per megabyte of data (charged per kilobyte).
    • B&You issues all three current sizes of SIM card - a combination mini/micro SIM and a nano-SIM.
    The SIM card costs 5 which includes 1.50 of credit valid for one month from the date of the first call. Subsequent top-ups don't expire provided that a chargeable call is made at least once per year.

    However, there is one big problem. You have to order with a French debit or credit card for delivery to a French address. There are a number of ways around this, but not without some costs:
    We are therefore finding as many people as possible who want one of these SIM cards in order to share the one-off costs. Each SIM card will have to be ordered under a separate B&You user account but using one payment card. If you're interested, please send me a PM with your e-mail address. I would also welcome any better ideas about how to get around the payment card and address restrictions.
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    • NFH
    • By NFH 1st Jun 13, 8:42 AM
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    NFH
    But Tu Go will only work if you have wifi access, won't it?
    Originally posted by JerryW
    No, you could also use it over mobile data with a local SIM card. This is particularly useful for receiving incoming calls on your UK number while using a local SIM card which has a different mobile number.
  • Duster
    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.
    • Stephen7372
    • By Stephen7372 1st Aug 13, 8:05 PM
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    try www.togglemobile.co.uk calls for 3p free incomming calls UK and French number data 15p per mb
    Stephen
  • jackster12
    JoeMobile vs. B&YOU vs. LeFrenchMobile?
    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.
    Originally posted by Duster
    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
    • NFH
    • By NFH 6th Jan 14, 11:15 AM
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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.
  • Duster
    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.
  • jackster12
    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.
    Originally posted by Duster
    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#
  • Duster
    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
    • NFH
    • By NFH 6th Jan 14, 3:44 PM
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    There is also some useful info on various providers at

    prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/France
    Originally posted by Duster
    Also at http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/france.php
  • mstorer
    JoeMobile for a short French Trip???
    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
  • Duster
    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.
  • Duster
    A short update to my earlier posts on on using joemobile in France.

    I am still using joemobile for about four months a year on a Huawei Mifi device and getting about 5mb/s download speed in a mountain location. 4G speeds are available in large towns. The 20euro option is best for data giving 3Gb a month which can be extended to 7Gb for an extra 10 euros. The 20 euro option also gives unlimited landline calls to Europe and both mobiles and landlines in the United States and Canada.

    It is without contract so ideal for those shorter trips. I do have some joemobile simcard packs available which contain a combi sim. I have sent out to many through this forum, just pm me with a postal name and address if you would like a pack and instructions in english if you need them.

    Something else you amy want to consider is Three Mobile. I have a pay monthly contract with them which gives calls and data in France within my allowance under their Feel at home benefit. Trips are limited to one month and tethering is withrawn whilst abroad.
    Three also have a pay monthly mobile broadband contract.

    I still use my joemobile sim on all my visits to France but supplemented by using Three Mobile on my phone.
  • Duster
    Virgin Mobile in France have taken over SFR and Joemobile. Virgin are now consolidating all the various networks into the Virgin brand and as a consequence JoeMobile will close down on the 15 June 2015.

    Virgin are recommending users switch to their own Virgin sim only contracts unfortunately they are not similar to Joemobile, do not have an online cockpit and only accept French bank cards.

    A good knowledge source of French Sim Only cards can be found on a Wikia page which you will need to Google;

    prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/France

    For those of you in the UK Three Mobile offers Sim only for both phones and MIFI that include France within their 'Feel at Home service.' Whilst you will get 4G in the UK with these you will only get 3G services outside of the UK.
    • NFH
    • By NFH 5th Apr 15, 4:30 PM
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    Virgin Mobile in France have taken over SFR and Joemobile.
    Originally posted by Duster
    In fact, it's the total opposite. Numericable-SFR has taken over Virgin Mobile France.
  • Duster
    To be perfectly correct (I think) is that Virgin Mobile France was the parent company of Joemobile . Virgin Mobile mobile was taken over by Numericable owner Altice along with SFR to become as you say Numericable SFR,

    The important issue for me is to give readers of this blog a little help on what sims are available, which unfortunately have now become more limited.

    Regards
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