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    Prepaid for France, Spain and Portugal in single trip?

    Hello,

    My mom is traveling in September. I have had her Cricket phone unlocked for the trip. I'm wondering if it is safer to give her instructions on what to by when she lands in Paris or if I dare risk ordering a card for an overseas network and activating/testing it here before she departs.

    It seems Vodafone is a major provider in all three countries so it may be as simple as buying the right Vodafone card at the airport. When I search Portugal it seems the only realistic alternative is called MEO.

    Some postings referenced Lycamobile as a Portugal MVNO - do they have a single SIM that can go from the US to countries like France, Spain and Portugal or am I misunderstanding their marketing for "cheap international calling?"

    Thanks!

    Dan

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    Prepaid for France, Spain and Portugal in single trip?

    Vodafone is not a carrier in France. I think you might consider Free Mobile: it's a French low cost carrier with its own network and offers good services for a small amount of money, and it should be ok for roaming in Europe too with low fares. Take a look at their website: http://mobile.free.fr/
    Vodafone is ok for Spain and Portugal but unlikely no for France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoloca View Post
    Vodafone is not a carrier in France. I think you might consider Free Mobile: it's a French low cost carrier with its own network and offers good services for a small amount of money, and it should be ok for roaming in Europe too with low fares. Take a look at their website: http://mobile.free.fr/
    Vodafone is ok for Spain and Portugal but unlikely no for France.
    Thanks so much for your reply! The terms on prepaid are so flexible it might be worth getting a 2-week French card followed by a Vodafone card for the remaining time in Spain and Portugal.

    My initial search for a universal provider revealed these three names:

    https://www.lebara.com/us/en
    http://www.lefrenchmobile.com/
    http://europasim.weebly.com/

    Talking to Cricket to get the unlock code caused mention of Vodafone which looked promising upon initial search. Reading about Vodafone and other Portuguese providers caused me to launch a new thread since I trust the collective wisdom I find on Howard Forums!

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by saverdan View Post
    Thanks so much for your reply! The terms on prepaid are so flexible it might be worth getting a 2-week French card followed by a Vodafone card for the remaining time in Spain and Portugal.

    My initial search for a universal provider revealed these three names:

    https://www.lebara.com/us/en
    http://www.lefrenchmobile.com/
    http://europasim.weebly.com/

    Talking to Cricket to get the unlock code caused mention of Vodafone which looked promising upon initial search. Reading about Vodafone and other Portuguese providers caused me to launch a new thread since I trust the collective wisdom I find on Howard Forums!

    Dan
    Le French Mobile looks just fine, but first you need to compare prices in order to have an idea of what you might spend using a French SIM Card plus a Vodafone SIM Card. I think you will just need one Vodafone SIM Card because now Vodafone offers zero roaming costs (or very low costs) on its network across different countries. If the SIM Card is bought in Spain you can use it in Portugal on Vodafone Portugal network as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leoloca View Post
    Vodafone is not a carrier in France. I think you might consider Free Mobile: it's a French low cost carrier with its own network and offers good services for a small amount of money, and it should be ok for roaming in Europe too with low fares. Take a look at their website: http://mobile.free.fr/
    Vodafone is ok for Spain and Portugal but unlikely no for France.
    After reading this article:

    http://www.roamingconsulting.com/201...ges-in-the-eu/

    I'm reconsidering Free Mobile but I can't read French well enough to determine which offer to choose or figure out how to purchase and activate the SIM card. Would Free Mobile be available throughout Paris? My mom is getting a shuttle service from the airport as they will be quite tired when they land.

    Thanks!

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by saverdan View Post
    After reading this article:

    http://www.roamingconsulting.com/201...ges-in-the-eu/

    I'm reconsidering Free Mobile but I can't read French well enough to determine which offer to choose or figure out how to purchase and activate the SIM card. Would Free Mobile be available throughout Paris? My mom is getting a shuttle service from the airport as they will be quite tired when they land.

    Thanks!

    Dan
    I continue to research - this was an interesting thread for those interested in Free Mobile - so close and yet so far! The best deal is for a no-contract month-to-month for those with French address and French bank account - wish I could just write out the instructions and have her pay the 19.99 Euro - seems the one month SIM from the vending machine does not include the 35 days of roaming:

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopi...on-France.html

    Dan

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