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Using a US/Canadian cell-phone in France

Published on July 26, 2016 by Ralph and Karen

Having an active mobile phone while traveling is essential today. There are many options: from using your existing phone-service/phone to having unlocked phones and using a local SIM card.

How to dial:
1. You need to know the country code. 33 for France or see https://countrycode.org/ for others. When you dial always enter +, followed by country code
2. Local numbers in France and other countries often begin with 0 [followed by 1, 9 or 6 in France], the 0 is always dropped. So 01 xx xx xx xx becomes +33 1 xx xx xx xx.
3. Calling back to US or Canada – dial +1 xxx xxx xxxx

ATT – you will need to subscribe [$$’s] to an international plan for calls or texts. Make sure data roaming is off [to avoid extremely nasty bill when you get home] and connect to WiFi whenever possible. Making calls? See http://soc.att.com/28VEsSF

T-Mobile – no subscription and 20¢/min for calls from EU. Texts free. No data limits. See http://t-mo.co/28WF5Zt

Verizon - like ATT you need to subscribe at $10/day/line + charges/call or text or data. See http://vz.to/28VFEFx
Rogers – various deals but basically $10/day http://bit.ly/28WnRKK

Other useful resources can be seen here and here and here

Other Options: [if you have a wifi connection]- many cafes have this for free and of course it is available in our apartment

WhatsApp: Go to app store on you Android or iPhone and download - also see here.     Receiver must have WhatsApp installed and active. Can also do video calls

Skype: Down load app - calls free if both have Skype or a few cents/minute if not. Voice and video calls

Facebook Messenger: Download 'Messenger'  from App-store. free calls and video

Facetime: For iphone and iPad users

Bottom line: Understand charges and choose plan before you leave. Use data service minimally UNLESS you are connected to WiFi to avoid massive charges [except T-mobile]. Unlocked phone and local SIM is useful but you will also have local number that you probably can forward your existing US/Canadian number to. Enjoy!!

Posted by Ralph
First published at http://parisnicevacations.net/

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Meet The Author
Hello! We are Ralph and Karen, an Anglo-American couple who fell in love with Paris and France over 20 years ago. Work-related trips brought us here, but we kept coming back for holidays, then extended visits, and then… In 2005, we decided nothing was stopping us from buying a place of our own in Paris. Lots of research, learning, and many kilometers of sneaker-rubber later, we put our house in the United States on the market. It sold in 10 days, and we found our apartment in Montmartre two months later. After a massive, year-long renovation project and its many challenges, we hit our biggest bump yet. As it turned out, we had to stay based in the US after all. Our lovingly remodeled apartment in Paris became a place where we returned only for short visits. In 2008, we started renting to guests—travelers like we once were (we always preferred apartments over expensive, cramped hotels). And the rest, as they say, is history. Le Trésor de Montmartre has proved quite popular, to the extent that we have trouble finding a break in the booking calendar to stay there ourselves! In the midst of this, we found Nice. After several holidays in and around Nice, we thought, why not buy a pied-à-terre in the area? Despite the challenges involved in renovating from afar—which we knew very well at that point—we jumped in again in late 2010. After another renovation, another year, and hundreds more gray hairs between us, we added Le Trésor de Nice to our rental portfolio. A year so so later we picked up 3 other apartment to manage. We hope you find the properties inviting, and hope even more that you will come see them for yourselves! Please get in touch with questions, or to book your stay at one of our apartments. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of these places we love so much.
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