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Lord Snooty
12-09-14, 08:56
Not sure if this is the right place so MODs feel free to move if necessary.

I will be heading to France for a break in my cousin's place in October, she tells me there is no phone and therefore no broadband access. So what will be the best way of getting some internet access on my laptop? A mate has suggested buying a dongle locally, are there any other options I should consider?

How does the dongle thing work? Will it be like a pay as you go SIM in a mobile phone and what sort of places will sell them?

Thanks:thumb

andyredz
12-09-14, 09:14
Try these... apologies if you have already... http://www.lefrenchmobile.com/index.php

leedude03
12-09-14, 09:56
this page may be of some interest to you.

http://oneeyeddog.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/low-cost-mobile-broadband-in-france-french-orange-mobicarte-payg-sim/

Blackal
12-09-14, 10:33
I think most UK dongles (or the providers) can now be bought with a data plan which is useable in continental Europe.

Three does, and I think Vodaphone.

Al

Sleepy
12-09-14, 11:23
Is there a mobile signal?.. if so you might be able to 'tether' your laptop via your phone.

Greg Masters
12-09-14, 11:29
Stand by to be arse-reamed by your air-time supplier.

Unless you are 100% sure of what you will be charged, consider the free Wifi at the local McDonalds or use an internet cafe.

Wapping
12-09-14, 12:08
My Vodaphone acount allows me to 'export' my UK package to Europe for a couple of pounds a day.

This only works of course if where you are sitting in rural France has a mobile signal of any quality. At my parens' place I had to walk to the end of their drive.

I assume that, providing your phone is not locked to one provider, you could by a French SIM card and use that.

Alternatively, do without the 21st century for a week.

Rasher
12-09-14, 13:25
Alternatively, do without the 21st century for a week.

I like winding back to the days before always-on-annoyances and can happily stop at places with no wi-fi for a few days.

Green Boy
12-09-14, 19:54
Stand by to be arse-reamed by your air-time supplier.

Unless you are 100% sure of what you will be charged, consider the free Wifi at the local McDonalds or use an internet cafe.

+1 for French McDonalds: good coffee and free fast wifi. It worked here today to check a couple of things.

wessie
12-09-14, 21:53
Three's Feel at Home plan means you can use minutes/data plans whilst in some overseas countries, which includes France.
http://www.three.co.uk/Store/SIM/Plans_for_phones

I have an unlocked HTC phone which could be used as a wifi hotspot on their plan.

Alternatively, just go to McDonalds or other chain for free wifi.

Of course, if her place is in a deep gorge in the Tarn region then you won't get a phone signal and the nearest McD will be miles away.

Bumpkin
12-09-14, 22:51
Have used Vodafone Eurotraveller plan for the last few years. A couple of quid a day for home tarrif abroad. Kicks in automatically as soon as you start roaming and using data. Means you just carry on as usual and don't have to worry about it. Does add up over a two week trip but, IMHO, worth it for the sheer convenience.

chrisjk
16-09-14, 16:08
SIMs, dongles, phones here.

http://www.lefrenchmobile.com/en/order-sim-card-travel-data.html

walrus
16-09-14, 16:27
This might help.

http://prepaidwithdata.wikia.com/wiki/Prepaid_SIM_with_data

Yellow Peril
16-09-14, 16:57
Can you pair your laptop with your phone and create your own personnel hotspot saves the dongle

MasterDabber
16-09-14, 17:43
I'm currently on o2 Pay Monthly and have their Travel bolt-on. This gives me, to quote o2....


You'll only be charged 1.99 for the days that you use data in Europe.

There's no upper usage limit, but traffic management steps apply.
Your daily data charge will apply from midnight to midnight UK time

Details here... https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/international/using-phone-in-europe

I tether my laptop to my iphone. It works OK even in a pretty rural area of France. I haven't used it lately as we have, at long last, had an internet connection installed at the house.

stolzy
16-09-14, 17:57
If you buy a sim in France you'll need proof of identity and address.
3G is very restricted in rural reas compared with the uk. We barely have phone signal, let alone 3 G.

Redboots
16-09-14, 18:11
If you buy a sim in France you'll need proof of identity and address.

LeClercMobile (http://www.leclercmobile.fr/) only required an ID - passport.
The prepay formule-mini-plus (http://www.leclercmobile.fr/prepaye-reglo-mobile/formules-options/formule-mini-plus.aspx) cost you 1,50 a month. Calls are 9 cents(FR)

thornley
20-09-14, 15:07
Sfr wifi fon. Check it out for hotspots.

Elle
20-09-14, 18:19
When she says 'no phone' does she mean a landline or no mobile signal?
Those dongles work well but you will need a mobile signal & they're not great if it's a bit weak.
Don't use it to Skype or watch video as that will eat up the allowance really fast too :)

Riders Rest
31-03-15, 10:11
Depends where it is, does it have other houses near by? In our hamlet when our neighbours come over for their holidays they use our connection no problem, also nearly all the cafes have WiFi these days or at least in those around here which you can use. Failing that a dongle is a good option but only if you can get a signal. Like most say 3 is the UK carrier giving the cheapest service but they are all catching up quickly.