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Default 31-03-2015, 12:41

From some comments on the Joe forum, maybe blocage is the possibility to avoid exceeding the monthly bundle, rather than to turn it off completely.

The Virgin forum looks rather less active, but I asked some questions there anyway.
   
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Default 31-03-2015, 12:42

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I didn't know that SFR and Free accepted foreign credit cards.

Anyway, avoid the Mobicarte from Orange: 3G is limited to UMTS speeds (yes, the original 384kbps of the first 3G mobiles )
@ Orange: Mobicarte really sucks for data. For voice and text it's ok. But data is like on 2G. But they sell you their Let's go pass for data (2GB for 10€) even on 4G/LTE, but no voice.

@ SFR: Yes they do. For prepaid cards (La Carte) you can buy vouchers. Their contracts called "SFR Connecté Partout forfait sans engagement" can be linked to an American Express card or paid by intern. Visa or Mastercard in SFR stores only.

@ Free: Their "forfait sans engagement can be combined with some non-French credit cards, but of course not all They now sell 1-month forfaits in Free stores from automated machines too.

The whole situation in France is really crazy. That's why it's so bad, that one of the few good choices now disappears.

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Thanks for asking Virgin. Problem is that many French people don't really notice the wall they build around their telecom market as they all have French payment systems available. Saying this, I have to admit we do it quite similar in the UK and Germany when we allow only domestic-issued credit cards for top-ups. But at least we sell the SIM cards to foreigners.

You asked at the Virgin forum, if you need to be resident in France to get a forfait. Sure, they tell you: Non: The French don't discriminate foreigners. It's not about residency. But to get a French bank card or account, you need to be registered in France. And for a Virgin forfait you presumably need one of those. So in the end, that's what it's all about and the right question.

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Default 31-03-2015, 12:51

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@ Orange: Mobicarte really sucks for data. For voice and text it's ok. But data is like on 2G. But they sell you their Let's go pass for data (2GB for 10€) even on 4G/LTE, but no voice.

@ SFR: Yes they do. For prepaid cards (La Carte) you can buy vouchers. Their contracts called "SFR Connecté Partout forfait sans engagement" can be linked to an American Express card or paid by intern. Visa or Mastercard in SFR stores only.
SFR prepaid is not so interesting, and even their prepaid data offer is really expensive.

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@ Free: Their "forfait sans engagement can be combined with some non-French credit cards, but of course not all They now sell 1-month forfaits in Free stores from automated machines too.
Yes, I read something about the "bornes automatiques", but it was more than a year ago... Do you know if that offer renews monthly or not?
   
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Default 31-03-2015, 14:45

Replies at Virgin forum, including staff:

No cockpit on/off, that useful feature at Joe

No foreign bank cards

The first counts it out for me anyway, but I asked them to reconsider the cards, on behalf of others.

http://communaute.virginmobile.fr/t5...166151#U166151
   
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Default 31-03-2015, 15:05

Vive la France
   
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Default 31-03-2015, 15:49

ok, i will stick to my togglemobile


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Default 31-03-2015, 16:38

I've used Let's Go a couple of times. Pricey though, 20 Euro for 2 GB after paying for the SIM.

Good speed and coverage though.

Was going to check out the Bouygues next time, supposedly you can top off 2 Euro like 4 times and get 2 GB.

Also maybe hunt down a Free vending machine though they're kind of away from the center of Paris (away from the Seine).

Never investigated Joe because I couldn't find a good way to top off. Why did they end the service, because they couldn't get enough business? Whey didn't they distribute the SIMs and top offs at the SFR stores?
   
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Default 31-03-2015, 17:17

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Why did they end the service, because they couldn't get enough business?
Because "every Euro matters", as Mr. Drahi said: http://www.universfreebox.com/articl...n-mode-terreur

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Default 31-03-2015, 19:34

If they ever allow EU data roaming, some of these larger carriers are going to be uncompetitive.

How is it that prices and data allotments in Italy are more generous?

And the networks there are fine, great coverage and speeds too.
   
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Default 02-04-2015, 12:44

> Edit again: it's not the same thing. Virgin doesn't have an on/off facility, confirmed by their staff. See below.

cockpit blocks calls/data/SMS out of the offer to keep the same price. that's all.


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Looks for free SIM with FR roaming Orange, Bouygues & SFR.

Delight mobile OK. Piranha mobile OK until now with a bad issue at the beginning.
   
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