Paris: where to buy SIM card for unlocked iPhone
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Mar 5, 2011 5:23 PM
Paris: where to buy SIM card for unlocked iPhoneI will be in Paris for one week, and I would like to purchase a prepaid SIM card for my iPhone4 (so the new mini size SIM card). My iPhone is jailbroken and unlocked, so I should be able to use another carrier's SIM without problem. Can anyone advise me where to find a card? I will not need to make a lot of phone calls, but I would use a moderate amount of data if it's not terribly expensive.
Mar 5, 2011 9:07 PM
1The mobile network providers in France are Orange, Bouygues and SFR. Ask them if they sell the so called Micro or Mini (3FF) SIM cards. All three companies have numerous shops throughout the country, not only in Paris.
BTW: The new cards contain a chip that has the same size like a "regular" size SIM card. You could theoretically cut a "regular" SIM card (15 x 25 mm) to the size of a micro SIM card (12 x 15 mm), using a pair of scissors or special tools.
Mar 6, 2011 12:37 AM
2Thanks. I probably won't be taking any special sharp tools with me to Paris, so I was hoping to find a place that would sell the Mini ones for an iPhone4. I just noticed that Amazon sells a tool for this HERE
I guess I should have been more specific - of the main providers, is one better than the others in terms of selling a card and package that would be economical for a one-week visit? Also, if there's a better forum to ask or search about this, let me know.
After typing that, I noticed THIS PAGE which has a lot of info. But I'm still interested in peoples' experience with the different companies...
Mar 6, 2011 4:23 AM
3thehuges: I agree, cutting a big to a small SIM card would have forced you to buy special tools. There are more than enough articles on the web that describe the how-to process. See here (a Swiss site, written in German). What I said was rather meant to be a not so serious bricolage idea.
As for experiences: The differences between providers are marginal. I started with SFR, their customer service was lousy. I then changed to Orange, the coverage of their network is ok, I'm still with them. I however speak French, talking to them is not a problem to me. Let me be frank: Why bothering that much if it's only for a week? Get what you already found on the web and be happy :-)
Other forums for the topic do exist, they however have very few entries only, some of them are outdated by more than a year. Sorry...
Addenda: I just found something that could be interesting for you. Click here . I can't see if they provide micro cards. Their headoffice is in the middle of Paris (Place des Vosges), you may contact them by e-mail, their address is to be found in the mentioned link.
Edited by: a_p
Apr 22, 2011 1:56 AM
4Sorry I forgot to follow up on this ... I bought a 10Euro card from an Orange shop and it worked fine for calls and text messages (it came with 5Euro credit). Actually on my last day with about 1 Euro credit remaining, I tried to see if I could get it to connect to the internet, and failed, but maybe something was set wrong on my phone, or maybe I misunderstood the card agreement. Anyway, perfectly happy with how that worked out.
A couple other phone shops tried to charge me much more money before I walked into the Orange store.
Apr 22, 2011 2:34 AM
Jul 7, 2012 9:17 AM
6Was it easy to purchase?
I will be in France for a week also and was hoping to get a microSIM for my iPhone 4S to contact friends / family and some light web stuff.
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