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teach905 Mar 27th, 2008 04:13 PM

Wireless cards in Paris
Can you buy a wireless card in paris to be used for the 10 days we're there? How much will it be?

J62 Mar 27th, 2008 05:39 PM

What specifically do you mean by a wireless card?

StCirq Mar 27th, 2008 06:29 PM

What's a wireless card? You can hook up to many local wireless hotspots, but I don't know about a card.

ParisAmsterdam Mar 27th, 2008 07:05 PM

You don't need a specific card...
if your laptop does not have wireless built in there IS a card you slide in but you're better off getting something like that before you leave.

In Paris and Amsterdam last summer I never had a problem connecting wirelessly... WIFI is pretty much the same everywhere.

If you do a search with you'll find
over 4,800 wireless hotspots in the
Ile de France.


davidneil Apr 3rd, 2009 11:20 PM

If anyone can clarify I would be grateful - I will have a laptop that is wireless enabled but do I need to by say a prepaid charge for local internet providers in europe - mainly france - or will the asutralian isp that i use be OK?


greg Apr 4th, 2009 01:53 AM

If wireless means WIFI, I have taken a laptop with WIFI enabled. The WIFI I used worked by pay-as-you-go basis provided by some local ISP franchises. At these places, I bought so many minutes or days worth of WIFI time. I would get an authorization code usable at that franchise only.

I have not used cellular based internet like ATT's Laptopconnect card in France.

Marko Apr 4th, 2009 02:19 AM

A wifi enabled laptop will be able to connect to any free networks. There are many places where you can turn on your laptop and you will have a multitude of options, most will be professionally provided free, some you will be able to leech on as they are open networks....Too easy. Just sit down, turn your laptop on and search for available networks.

spaarne Apr 4th, 2009 02:44 AM

My Asus EEE has built in wifi. In Paris in December I would stop for a coffee or a beer every few hours. I only stopped where free wifi was advertized. It usually worked.

If you need to buy any electronics in Paris I suggest FNAC,

kerouac Apr 4th, 2009 09:13 AM

If you're talking about a SIM card for a cell phone, you can get one for less than 10€.

ParisAmsterdam Apr 4th, 2009 07:39 PM


Your Australian ISP will definitely NOT work in France. In addition to the spots mentioned above apparently every McDonalds in Paris has WiFi. The city of Paris also has free WIFI available in many parks and libraries.

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