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Phone Cards vs Cell Phones in France

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Phone Cards vs Cell Phones in France

It looks as if I will have to spend several months in France for business. My international roaming rates on my cell or outrageous and I am thinking of either buying an international phone card or a pay as you go cell phone. I would make most of my calls from the hotel room so I would need a card with a dial in access. Also, I don't know what the rates would be for international calls from the cell phone. Does anyone have any recommendations for the least expensive, most useful option?

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1. Re: Phone Cards vs Cell Phones in France

Do you know if your phone is unlocked? You can ask your carrier if it is.

If your phone is unlocked and will take a SIM card (for example iPhone 4s and later), then all you have to do is go to a store like Phone House and buy a sim card with prepaid time. Stick it in your phone and you'll have cheap calls. Lebara also offers cheap data (lebara.fr).

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2. Re: Phone Cards vs Cell Phones in France

From your hotel room could not use skype to make calls?

Will you be stuck in a hotel room for several months?

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3. Re: Phone Cards vs Cell Phones in France

Phonehouse has closed all of their stores in France but there are still plenty of options. Lycamobile has the cheapest call rates to the USA - about 0.02€ per minute but Lebara´s rates are similar. SIMs for these companies are sold at tabacs or magazine stores. Relay at CDG sell them but stock levels are always problematic. The SIMs typically sell for 5€ but you can have one sent to your hotel at no cost:



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