- Calling France from abroad Dial your country's international access code, then 33 (France's country code), then the 10-digit local number without the initial zero.
- Calling internationally from France Dial 00 (the international access code), the indicatif (country code), the area code (without the initial zero if there is one) and the local number.
Most modern European, Australian and American cell phones are compatible with French networks; if in doubt, check with your provider before leaving home. It is almost always cheaper to bring an unlocked phone and purchase a French SIM card.
- French mobile phone numbers begin with 06 or 07.
- Most modern smartphones work on a variety of frequencies and can be used in France regardless of their country of origin.
- Check with your service provider about roaming charges – dialling a mobile phone from a fixed-line phone or another mobile can be incredibly expensive.
- It is usually cheaper to buy a local SIM card from a French provider such as Orange, SFR, Bouygues or Free Mobile, which gives you a local phone number. To do this, ensure your phone is unlocked.If you already have a compatible phone, you can slip in a SIM card and rev it up with prepaid credit.
- Recharge cards are sold at most tabacs (tobacconist-newsagents), supermarkets and online through websites such as Topengo (www.topengo.fr).
Carrying your own charger and cable is the only sure way of ensuring you don't run out of juice. Don't be shy to ask in cafes and restaurants if you can plug in and charge – if you ask nicely, most will oblige. In Nice the odd cafe lends cables to customers and savvy taxi drivers stock a selection of smartphone-compatible cables and chargers for passengers to use.