Fodor's Travel Talk Forums

Fodor's Travel Talk Forums (
-   Europe (
-   -   Can you stand one more cell phone question? Re Paris? (

SeaUrchin May 16th, 2006 11:21 AM

Can you stand one more cell phone question? Re Paris?
I have a mental block on this subject. I have a cell phone that I use in Italy, I bought the TIM card over there and recharge it whenever I am in Italy.

Now I am going to Paris. Can I just buy a new TIM card for France? Or are they called SIM cards there? Are there specific SIM/TIM/PIM/JUMPING JIMINY stores where I can buy it?

Underhill May 16th, 2006 11:24 AM

They are called SIM cards in France, and you can buy them, among other places, in tobacco shops.

xyz123 May 16th, 2006 11:28 AM

TIM is the name of one of the mobile phone providers in Italy so you probably have a TIM sim card you have been re=charging.

If the phone is unlocked, and if it was bought in Italy chances are it is, then when you get to France you can buy a sim card from one of the French providers either Orange FR, SFR, Virgin Mobile FR or another one whose name starts with a B.

Apparently the best deals today are those with Virgin Mobile FR.

SeaUrchin May 16th, 2006 11:42 AM

thanks, so I assume if I go to a place to buy a SIM they will insert it into my phone? In that case it would be best to go to the actual store the first time and then to any other shop to recharge it. correct?

StCirq May 16th, 2006 11:58 AM

If you actually need services (someone to insert the SIM card, for example), I'd go to a FNAC or Orange store.

But really, you just open the phone, yank out the old SIM card, and insert the new...

I'm not sure I'd expect someone in a tobacco shop to do that for me, though if you ask I suppose they might.

lobo_mau May 16th, 2006 11:59 AM

Name starting with a B??? hummm... Bodafone?

lobo_mau May 16th, 2006 12:01 PM

One image is worth 1000 words. This page shows how a SIM looks like.

SeaUrchin May 16th, 2006 12:20 PM

Ha, the pics will help. I have never peeked inside there, I just had the guys at the TIM do it. I agree that if I can't figure it out, but it looks easy enough, I can go to the regular store first and tobacco shops after that.

So the tobacco shops work the same in France as they do in Italy, the last time I was in France I didn't have a cell phone, so thanks for the tutoring!

xyz123 May 16th, 2006 12:46 PM

The company that starts with a b is called Bouygues....actually SFR is partially owned by Vodafone.

lincasanova May 16th, 2006 03:31 PM

you can buy recharging time at many places.. it is like a telelphone card with pin number you scratch off or they can charge your visa card, or they produce a receipt with special numbers to dial into phone.

you then receive a message saying you have xxx euros credit.

SeaUrchin May 17th, 2006 11:02 PM

Thanks everyone, I'll find a SIM store. Anyone know of one in or near the Latin Quarter?

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:27 PM.