Best way to make phone call in Paris

Apr 12th, 2004, 12:27 PM
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Best way to make phone call in Paris

What is the best way to call US from Paris? Do we have to buy a calling card? If our family here call the hotel, will the hotel staff let us recieve the phone call? Thanks!
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Apr 12th, 2004, 12:39 PM
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Ask at your hotel. I can call home from my hotel for less than $2. I do not talk for a long time--perhaps 3 minutes.
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Apr 12th, 2004, 12:45 PM
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Your family can most usually reach you through your hotel. You may want to have them dial 101-6868 prior to the normal #. This # is for a long distance company with rates to Europe for approx. 12-18 cents per minute. There is no monthly fee, and the bill shows up on your normal phone bill.

I am not sure of the best way to call home from Europe, probably a prepaid calling card from over there...?
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Apr 12th, 2004, 12:55 PM
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I buy MCI calling cards at Costco--I believe its 670 minutes for $20. You're told to call a special number for instructions on how to use it in Europe. It worked wonderfully when I was calling the U.S. from Paris. Plus, I had the added advantage of being able to use in the U.S. when I returned.
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Apr 12th, 2004, 01:02 PM
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Thanks a lot to everyone!
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Apr 12th, 2004, 01:14 PM
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Buy a phone card with a code for the US. I got a phone card at a newsstand on Blvd. St. Germain for around 7.50 euros for 500 minutes. It was good as I could use it on any phone but I understand if you use it with a hotel phone the minutes get subtracted quicker than at a pay phone.
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Apr 12th, 2004, 01:16 PM
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The card bought on St. Germaine--can it be used within France and also calling the states?

If it can be used within France, can it be used from private phones or public phones or both?
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Apr 12th, 2004, 01:25 PM
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I, too, bought one for 7.50E and was able to use it to call within France, and to the States, from my hotel and from pay phones.
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Apr 12th, 2004, 01:53 PM
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I also use the MCI/Costco card but I think the overseas rates are more expensive than the US rates but still a good deal. I always call their toll-free number before I leave to double check the codes and access numbers.
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