Internet in France is cheap
Almost all tourists want to stay in touch in instant messengers or social networks during a trip to France. But the tariffs for mobile Internet in Europe are scary for many, as are the prices in roaming from our operators. This article will figure out how much it costs to stay online in France. What tariffs and options to choose to spend less. This article was updated in 2018. An important point If you are not going to use the Internet while roaming, if you have not connected the Internet options, you MUST turn off the “data transfer” option on your smartphone before you arrive in France. If you do not turn it off, then the smartphone will connect to the Internet while roaming, since this service is now enabled by default on any SIM card. Updates and other data will begin to download. Naturally, the prices for this traffic will be astronomical. Then the operator will invoice with a very impressive amount. It’s even better to go to your operator’s office and ask to turn off the “Internet in roaming” service completely. How much does mobile internet need? Traffic consumption is an individual matter. If you are already an active user of mobile Internet at home, then you roughly know the needs. You will need more traffic during the trip, since at home we often connect to WiFi at home or at work, saving expensive mobile traffic in this way. During the trip, these sources will not be available. On average, an economical tourist consumes 100 megabytes per day on social networks, instant messengers, sites. If you start watching the video, then consumption increases dramatically. A child can spend a gigabyte in the evening simply by watching his favorite cartoons or videos on YouTube. The best option is WiFi at the hotel. The best option, if the hotel has WiFi, it is free and good quality internet. But this does not always happen. If the description of the hotel says “There is Wi-Fi”, this does not mean that they do not charge for it, and that the Internet on it is fast and reliable. There is only one way to find out in advance. Read reviews about the hotel, someone from the tourists who have already been there probably wrote about the price and quality of local Wi-Fi. If you need a little traffic Prices for small packets in roaming “bite”. There is cheap internet from Russian operators, but only if you buy large packages. The minimum spending in this case is 300 rubles. in a day. French operators have 5-10 times higher traffic prices than we are used to in Russia. 1 gigabyte costs at least 10 euros. 10 euros is the minimum amount you need to prepare in order to use the Internet in France. Local SIMs There are currently 4 mobile operators in France: Orange, Bouygues, SFR and Free Mobile. There are many tariffs and offers, so we will focus only on the most interesting and profitable ones. Orange Holiday Special SIM card for tourists. Sold already activated. To purchase, you need a passport or an international driver’s license. The price is 40 euros, valid for 14 days. – For these 40 euros you get: – 10 gigabytes of mobile Internet; – 120 minutes of international calls (any country in the world); – 1000 SMS to any country; – Free use of the Orange Wi-Fi network. A big minus in using a local SIM is the inaccessibility of incoming calls. Few people want to call a French number. For example, from a mobile MTS a minute of conversation will cost 49 rubles. But there is a way out – you can reset all incoming and call back. The Orange Holiday rate has an unpleasant feature. USENET, VoIP, and P2P protocols are blocked. That is, you can’t call messengers. SFR and Welcome Carte The SFR operator has a similar offer for tourists. The package price is 35 euros, it works for 14 days. Includes: 5 gigabytes of Internet, 60 minutes of international calls, 500 SMS and the use of SFR Wi-Fi network. The offer is 14% cheaper than Orange, but you get 2 times less. Orange is clearly better. 1 gig for 10 euros In this case, the best choice is the operator Bouygues. Buy “Prepaid Card XL”, a SIM-card costs 10 euros, 4 euros on the account. It is better to buy it at the Bouygues corporate office so that they immediately activate it. Then in the office you need to replenish the balance and ask to activate the package for 10 euros. It includes: 1 gigabyte of Internet, international calls in the amount of 5 euros, unlimited home SMS and calls. A call to Russia from Bouygues costs 0.32 euros per minute. That is, a bonus you get about 15 minutes of conversations with the house.
Conclusions – Read hotel reviews. Perhaps the hotel has good speed and free Wi-Fi. – If you need a lot of Internet, and are ready to buy a local SIM-card, then choose Orange Holiday. We considered this tariff in detail above in this article. – If you want to stay in your Russian number and are ready to pay 300-320 rubles per day, then select the options “Roaming, goodbye” Megafon or “Zabugorishte” MTS. We discussed the conditions above. – If you need quite a bit of Internet, we recommend buying a French SIM from Bouygues. Get one gigabyte for 10 euros, plus bonuses.