The Four main operators in France are:
- Bouygues Télécom
- Free Mobile
There are also several MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) like Lebara, Lycamobile, and LeFrenchMobile.
Pay as you go data prices are generally higher in France than the rest of Europe, and contracts are more popular in France, but not possible for foreigners to get.
Where to Buy?
As a foreigner buying a SIM card in France you will need to show your passport. You can buy SIM cards from the mobile stores themselves, or the magazine store RELAY, of which there are many including at Charles de Gaulle airport. If you are worried about the language barrier, you can find people who speak English in the larger mobile stores in Paris.
Free public wifi hotspots are available in all major cities in tourist offices, cafes, restaurants and hotels etc. just fill out a short form to register your e-mail etc.
If you are travelling on business and need to stay close to Wifi; try a service like hippocket or travel-wifi, that provide portable routers for rent.
Can’t be bothered with buying a local SIM in France? Want to buy before you fly? The Three SIM is a great deal for Europe
- Triple SIM Card 3-in-1 (Nano, Micro, and Standard sim size compatible)
- 4G/3G data roaming up to 12 GB for 30 days ※ Please note that outside of UK the maximum allowance of data usage is 9GB/30 days
- Include 300 minutes of calls to UK numbers. Cannot call other than UK numbers.
- Please make sure your phone is unlocked before purchase this item. Registration required, insert the SIM and follow the instruction on the package
- Must activate by 12/31/2018
So which is the best SIM Card for France visitors?
For most users, we would recommend using Orange for their extensive network and reliable service.
For those on a budget, who are sticking only to the major cities, then you could try using the Free network.
Those with language concerns who want an English-speaking customer service hotline could try using LeFrenchMobile or Lebara.