Staying connected while traveling is a need! Full connectivity ensures being able to communicate with loved ones, browsing the internet to look for practical infos or sharing adventure in real-time. To stay connected while traveling in France there are a lot of options. In this article you’ll find out all about buying a sim card in Paris, finding free wifi, how to rent a cell phone in Paris and the best smartphone rental Paris has to offer.
Buy a sim-card in Paris
First of all make sure that your phone is unlocked and compatible with tri-band gsm. Once that is done, you can put any SIM card into the phone.
Prepaid SIM cards are available at selected stores and some supermarkets. Look out for stores such as SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Orange, Lycamobile. Basically, you could walk into any of the mobile stores and buy a SIM card. Some newspapers stores will also have prepaid SIM cards that you can buy – checkout the newspaper stores Relay at the airport and in every big train stations.
Keep in mind that the cost of making phonecalls, texts and using data in France is not cheap. You may have to top up your card a lot.
To save data (and money!) we recommend to download offline apps for Paris as much as possible! You’ll not need to be connected to use them.
FREE WIFI ZONE IN PARIS
There are a lot of free wifi zones in Paris– the Champs-Elysées, the area around the Notre-Dame and some of the parks in Paris- but the internet connection can be dodgy and it doesn’t always have the best speed. Free wifi in Paris is also available at some public librairies and museums.
To connect yourself, you’ll have to create an account and open a “session”. In some areas, you may be automatically disconnected after a while and you will have to re-connect to your account and open a new session.
The speed is usually good enough to get instant messages, but making a phone call or video call using free communication apps can be a struggle.
There will be signs to identify a “free-wifi zone” – see the photo above.