prepaid sim card for an American unlocked iphone 4S in France

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by kim222, May 5, 2012.

  1. kim222 macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    Hi everyone,
    I am visiting France at the end of this month for a week.
    I searched the forums for prepaid sim card information but I don't seems to quite grasp the specific info just for the one like mine, iph (not ipad), 4s, unlocked.
    Does anyone here not mind giving me some more information?

    I'd like to have at least 1hr voice and probably more than 100mb ~ 250 mb, or more preferred.

    I have a friend staying there who might help me to sign up with a french ID/bank/credit card, if that is required, but I prefer finding ways to purchase a prepaid card that I can buy myself and activate too.

    I read about Orange, SFR, vodafone and gevey here. But I don't understand what actually will work for me. Can anyone tell me where to go, how to activate, available rates if possible?
    And I am not sure what i read from this site is up to date. It seems to be old info.

    Any comments are appreciated
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You don't need to sign up for a pre-paid credit card in France as you can use your American one, or withdraw from an ATM and pay with cash. SIM cards and places to buy SIM cards are all over the place - just have your friend walk around with you and choose one.
  3. kim222 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    I like to post what I found to answer to my own question;;
    I found the information on this site is very helpful and up to date

    so what i will do is to get a Morbicarte from Orange (E9) and activate it and buy Internet Max plan(for data 500/ mth, at E9), and add voice for unlimited daytime E3 unlimited nightime E3
    my approx. cost will be 9+9+3+3-5(credit on card)

    I don't need a french friend who can vouch for me with french id and credit cart.
    I need to register with orange after activation though with my US passport in 24 hrs.

    Now I am wondering if I can get this sim card here in usa like through ebay?
    I am looking at this item

    so I can activate it here and don't need to wait the activating time which can be upto 24hr so I can use it as soon as I land in France?

    I also found this info is helpful for those who do not need data plan and need just voice plan.
    Lebara sim card
  4. SgtBullmoose macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2012
    Hi I'm in France right now. What I did was get a prepaid SIMcard, put some credit on it, then registered for Internet Max. It took less than 24 hours to activate. You don't need our passport or an address, just a piece of ID. Orange has the best prepaid deal for data, definitely.

    The problem you may run into is lack of English. I speak French so it wasn't a problem, but if you have to resort to Franglais, try using words like pre-pay-ee and recharge (instrad of top-up).

    Have fun!

    Buying a SIMcard ahead of time is useless as you need to go throu a SIMApp in France on the orange network.
  5. socalblue macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2012
    How did you register for the Internet Max plan? Do you do it at an Orange store where you got the SIM card? Or something else?


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