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 Post subject: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:17 pm 
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I'm thinking about signing up for this http://mobile.free.fr/.

What I can't find out is their mobile phone coverage in my area.

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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:03 pm 
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OH signed up for the 2€ offer today after checking coverage on my phone, apparently it's on the Orange network (he said that you need to check it with a 3G phone?? don't know why)


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:45 am 
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I saw some expert on the news last night saying to hold off for a week or so as he was predicting that there might be better offers in the offing... It's certainly a good deal. I wonder whether the texts are just to French mobiles? At the moment the only texts I send are to my husband when he's in the UK. I'll have to trawl the t&c....


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:43 pm 
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Could anyone explain the offer clearly as I get very confused by small print. :ymblushing:

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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:16 pm 
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Bouygues offering the same deal. Watch this site https://www.b-and-you.fr/ on Monday


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:37 pm 
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Crikey, hope they will allow you to swap from an existing deal. :YMPRAY: I'm paying around 30 euros a month for son's 3G with bouygues and that's without the free phone calls.

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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:12 pm 
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One of those deals might tempt me from my current payg leclerc sim.


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:32 pm 
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clarelouise wrote:
Crikey, hope they will allow you to swap from an existing deal. :YMPRAY: I'm paying around 30 euros a month for son's 3G with bouygues and that's without the free phone calls.

clare



Clare, ask them, you never know. If not, weigh up the difference between cancelling the existing contract, signing for new - versus continuing as is.
They are very good deals and herald a shake up of the market in France. I doubt if you could get as good a deal from UK providers.


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:46 pm 
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clarelouise wrote:
Crikey, hope they will allow you to swap from an existing deal. :YMPRAY: I'm paying around 30 euros a month for son's 3G with bouygues and that's without the free phone calls.

clare


I have made enquiries with SFR where I pay 27,50€ a month. I can change forfaits without paying a frais de résiliation or any other charges, at the moment the best one for me would be to downgrade to a Carré Bloqué at 19,99€ (My current one is too much and I am accumulating rather a lot of credit). There is a calculator app on their website to calculate a frais de résiliation but as I still have 15 months to go it would cost me as much to cancel and change to Free as it would save me.


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:50 pm 
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Please could someone explain the offer?

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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:53 pm 
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Have you looked at the link I posted at the start?

It's pretty well explained. What specific questions do you have?


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:23 pm 
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Only available if you have a freebox?

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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:39 pm 
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15.99 with a freebox, 19.99 without.


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:11 pm 
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stoffy wrote:
Only available if you have a freebox?


No, open to everyone, but even better if you are with Free ( the 2€ offer is free with Free!)


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:46 pm 
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Now SFR http://www.sfr.fr/mobile/nouvelles-series-red-de-sfr.jspe#sfrintid=V_mea1_new-red

Mods - maybe a sticky? This is pretty important.

Maybe change the subject to something like 'New Mobile Phone Offers in France'


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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:03 pm 
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Investigated this today. We are presently with Alice, same company, so no problem changing. On the surface the offer seems good until you select the new phone!

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 Post subject: Re: Free.fr mobile offer
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:25 pm 
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You don't have to buy the phone from them. Just get the SIM card and use your existing phone, or buy it somewhere else, cheaper.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:16 pm 
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DaveW wrote:
Now SFR http://www.sfr.fr/mobile/nouvelles-series-red-de-sfr.jspe#sfrintid=V_mea1_new-red

Mods - maybe a sticky? This is pretty important.

Maybe change the subject to something like 'New Mobile Phone Offers in France'

Done! :-bd

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Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:28 am 
It might be worth having a quick read of THIS before signing up.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:37 am 
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I must admit I would rather sign up with Bouygues or SFR.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 11:14 am 
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Hmmmm.... they do say if something seems to be too good to be true then it probably is!

Anybody remember Carphone Warehouse's broadband (wasn't it?) offer years ago? Thousands of people jumped on-board.... and endured months and months of problems.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:38 pm 
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A simple question from a couple of newbies to mobile 'phones.

What's the cheapest abonnement for incoming calls and, say an hour of calls a month ?

We've got an Orange livebox.

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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:48 pm 
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You don't pay for incoming calls, unless your out of the country - roaming. There are lots around, I've heard good reports about leclerc SIM cards. Look at the link I gave for SFR, above somewhere. They have a €9.90 per month deal that gives you a couple of hours and text messaging. Also depends on who you get the best signal off in your area. Also Free.fr do a €2 a month deal. These are all SIM only prices.

Unless you want an all singing smartphone you can pich up handsets pretty cheap.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:08 pm 
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I signed up for the SFR deal for €19.90 per month. I'm an existing customer, so it was pretty painless. Cost is €1 upfront for the SIM card, how daft is that! Anyway, shipped in two days, I plugged it into an unlocked Nokia N95, 5 minutes later I was activated through the website. It really couldn't be any easier. Nice to be able to make unlimited calls from the mobile to French Landlines/mobiles and landlines in Europe and the US/Canada.

SFR also provide good coverage through their own infrastructure, which is why I went with them rather than Free.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
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Mrs Stoffy signed up for the €2 Free deal last week, still waiting to hear a thing from them. :(

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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:22 pm 
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I think they are overwhelmed.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:50 am 
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RE: leClerc mobile-

We got two of these late last year and have had nothing but problems.
Top up does not get credited and therefore payments not enough to allow for next months free texts etc.

Avoid. [IMHO]

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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
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And just to show the expected variation in opinion.... I don't have problems with Leclerc!

A couple of times credits have not been immediate (they taken several hours) but other than that.... touch wood.... no problems.

I very rarely use a mobile phone (and never text) so for me the Leclerc deal suits. It's worth €1.50pm as a 'just in case'.


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Another Leclerc mobile phone user here - again, only used as an emergency contact, and no problems with topping up. So happy to pay 1.50€ per month for subscription! :D

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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
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With the Leclerc system,do you still have to buy time in the form of credit which you then loose if not used by a certain amount of time.I use a phone only for emergency use, so used very little.I am still, after 5 years living in France with Orange GB and only pay if I use the phone, no monthly charge, but the calls, if I make them, are on a roaming tariff and rather expensive.My phone however will be cancelled if not used for over 6 months.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
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Credit doesn't run out on LeClerc.... well, maybe it does after 12 months or something but I've never experienced it.... and I've been carrying a €20 credit for the past 6 months! That's slowly eroded by their flat €1.50pm charge but that is, quite literally, a small price to pay for having an occasional use mobile.


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 Post subject: Re: New Mobile Phone Offers in France
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Bouygues have an interesting offer for existing customers. It's a 4G SIM card for data only - 6GB per month - at 1€ per month for a year. The offer is called Nomad. As part of the offer you can also get a mobile router from them, which enables you to create your own wifi hotspot using the SIM.

For 1€ per month I got two of them as I can get very good 4G in my area and it is blazingly fast.


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