You get data plan in France at “free”. The plan is so attractive that we now use the SIM card across Europe.
We value 3 things regarding mobile internet: LTE, prepaid and a high data volume. In France, we use:
LTE data plan in France – free
free offers 100 GB for 19,99 € plus 10 € for the SIM card (= 0.30 €/GB). The volume is valid for 30 days.
Purchasing it is however a little bit tricky:
- You get the SIM card exclusively from French speaking machines. You’ll find the next machine via the machine finder on the free website.
- Don’t be irritated by the screens on the machine (and even later in the confirmation mails). They always talk about “subscribe” respectively “subscriber” even if you get the prepaid version.
- Just choose the 100 GB data plan; and then pay attention: You can choose between “Pas de limite de validité” (indefinitely value) and “Valide 1 mois” (valid for 1 month). Here, you have to choose the later to get the prepaid plan.
- The next steps are self explaining. If they ask for a French address, just pick any postal code and then use the auto completion feature to enter any address. free just uses the email address for all later communication – thus the email has to be definitely valid and yours.
- Now pay and take your already activated SIM card with you.
Using it in entire Europe
And the best of it: The data plan is even valid for roaming. However, they cut the volume to 25 GB, which is still a great offer (= 1.10 €/GB for SIM card + 1 month).
You can easily prolong the data plan at the end of the run time via their website for one or two month or even indefinitely. We decide for a 2 month prolongation for 19.99€ each (= 0.93 €/GB for SIM card + 3 Monate).
We use the SIM cards with our LTE Router Netgear Nighthawk M1, that provides us with Wifi in our motorhome.
If we need to get internet urgently and don’t have a local SIM card yet or local data plans are too expensive, we have an Europe Prepaid Data SIM Card. You pay 59€ Transatel and get 10 GB. The data volume can be used across Europe and is valid for 30 days (= 5.90€/GB).
Update 07.10.2019: As of now the Data SIM Card for Europe only exists in a 3 GB version..