WiFi in France

Old May 29th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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... that's internet access, I meant.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 10:33 AM
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KiwiKaren, you might want to start a new thread; this one's more than a year old.

But as to your question, you need to check the websites of individual campsites. The two near my house in the Dordogne have the best wifi reception around, but obviously wifi service will depend on what the campsite owners decide to pay for. If you know you'll need wifi all the time and in remote areas, the best idea is to go to a computer or cell phone store and buy a Clé-G.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 02:11 PM
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Does KiwiKaren usually live in the UK or NZ?

If in the UK (or anywhere else in Europe), her easiest emergency connectivity is through her smartphone, without any special French gadgets or signing on, but after signing up with her normal provider for the basic European access package.

If in NZ, she should first talk to her NZ phone provider before worrying about French kit. By and large, mobile phone coverage (and web access through it) in mainstream Europe is better than in NZ: only her NZ provider can tell her whether she'll be ripped off. As a general rule, it just isn't worthwhile messing about with foreign gew gaws if all you want is access to your email through your mobile and your basic contract is with a phone provider in the civilised world (which self-evidently excludes America).

As long as you make sure a smartphone isn't downloading tons of data, using your home contract to pick up emails is usually the least painful way of organising emergency contactibility. Again: this doesn't apply if your contract is with a US phone provider.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 10:19 PM
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Thanks people! I live in the UK at present (but have dual nationality. My smart phone providers weren't that helpful, but I'll have another go. I will also check out Cle-G - a sort of dongle I imagine.
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Old Aug 1st, 2013, 03:42 PM
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I am in Paris now and having a horrible time with wifi during most normal day hours. Im in an apartment that advertised wifi, but they use freewifi...and it's non functional till after midnight.
Can anyone make suggestions to me? Is there anything local I can buy to tether off of? are there local french cell sim cards for an iphone that I can tether off of?
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Old Aug 2nd, 2013, 12:33 AM
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Check out http://www.lebara.fr/?isoCode=en_GB
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Old Aug 2nd, 2013, 03:58 AM
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Have you tried the free Paris wifi? See my post above indicating more information.
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Old Apr 9th, 2014, 02:44 AM
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I've been told that Paris has plenty of hot spots - places may be time limited (eg 30 minutes) but are plentiful. This info is from a friend of mine who's lived in France for 10 years. I'm relying on it being right for my upcoming visit!
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Old Apr 9th, 2014, 11:32 AM
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In my part of Paris (northern 18th arrondissement), there are about 2 internet cafés on every block. Rates are generally 1€ per hour. In the center of Paris, except for Milk, forget it.
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Old Oct 25th, 2015, 02:45 AM
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For wifi in Paris you have plenty options:

1. Rely on random FREE public wifi which you can find around most public gardens in Paris

2. Go to Starbucks, McDonalds, Cafes... I will usually cost you the price a one or two coffees

3. Buy a SIM card from a local phone provider (Bouygues Telecom, Orange, Lebara, SFR,...). Could be painful if you don't speak french

4. Rent wifi from a mobile wifi rental company. I came across this one which has decent reviews http://my-webspot.com/rent-wifi-in-france/ Mobile wifi is a very convenient alternative to get online when traveling abroad.
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Old Oct 28th, 2015, 04:43 AM
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We found wifi available, but very slow.
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