Mobile phone providers

What the manual doesn't tell you !

Mobile phone providers

Postby Brian and Helen » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:39 pm

Having been down here for a while now, we're thinking of getting ourselves French mobiles. Picking my way through their websites, it seems that (say) Orange or Bouygues are the standard model, with prices much of a muchness. Stand-out supplier is Free, much cheaper than the other two. Is there a downside to them in terms of service or coverage etc.?

What other suppliers are particularly worth looking at, would you say?

Thanks
Brian
One day has arrived!
Brian and Helen
*******
*******
 
Posts: 809
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:41 pm
Location: Magalas

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby montgolfiere » Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:04 pm

we switched 3 mobiles from Orange 18 months ago, costing 48 euros a month, to 3 from Free costing 6 euros a month. They use the same 'Network', so have the same coverage. We have had no problems and would recommend Free. :D
montgolfiere
*****
*****
 
Posts: 354
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:13 am
Location: Rennes les Bains

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby peter » Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:30 pm

If you have unlocked UK or French phones, take a look at bandyou.

I use this plan. It looks expensive but includes free landline calls to most places (we use it as the main house phone) and 3gb of data which is not enough to watch a months TV but is fine for emails, FB, google, and watching TV news.

Appels, SMS, MMS illimités
Appels illimités vers les fixes de 55 destinations
Appels/SMS illimités de l'étranger vers la France en Wifi
Internet 3Go en 4G

There are other deals available :

https://www.b-and-you.fr/forfaits.html
Image
User avatar
peter
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 4297
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:41 pm
Location: Languedoc, France

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby Brian and Helen » Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:04 pm

Thank you both. I shall take your excellent advice into consideration when making the final decision.

Brian
One day has arrived!
Brian and Helen
*******
*******
 
Posts: 809
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:41 pm
Location: Magalas

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby Jacqui U » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:03 pm

One thing to consider: I would recommend you see what providers have coverage where you live before choosing.

In our village, for example, there is only one provider that provides a good signal - so neighbours who went with the cheapest (Free) are stuck not being able to send/receive calls unless they drive to the village entrance.

Jacqui
Jacqui U
**
**
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:20 am
Location: Near Lamalou Les Bains, Herault

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby montgolfiere » Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:09 pm

Free use the same network as Orange.
Boguies and SFR use another network.
eg. in our Village Free/Orange works, but Boguyies/SFR Doesn't.
Which is why originally we went with Orange but switched to nthe MUCH CHEAPER Free as soon as they came to the market.
montgolfiere
*****
*****
 
Posts: 354
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:13 am
Location: Rennes les Bains

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby Brian and Helen » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:11 pm

Well our English phones seem to work quite happily with both Orange and Bouygues chez nous, sometimes they'll choose one, sometimes the other, so I guess we're lucky to have decent coverage from both. I have to say, the Free price of 2 Euros a month is remarkably cheap.

Can somebody tell me what "bloque" (with an acute accent) means in reference to mobiles?

Brian
One day has arrived!
Brian and Helen
*******
*******
 
Posts: 809
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:41 pm
Location: Magalas

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby peter » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:52 pm

My wife has the €2 deal as a backup phone in the car. You get the benefit of odd special offers like clearance of lower level smart phones at €5. For us it was cheaper than replacing the battery on the old phone !
Image
User avatar
peter
Site Admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 4297
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:41 pm
Location: Languedoc, France

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby graham34 » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:44 pm

If bloque means blocked then the phone can only be used with a sim card from the originating provider e.g. orange unless the phone is unblocked.
User avatar
graham34
*******
*******
 
Posts: 349
Joined: Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:03 am
Location: West London and Aspiran

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby Christopher » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:52 pm

Bloqué means that you can make for example 2 hours of calls or send 50 SMS per month and that's all, afterwards you can't make any calls/send any SMSes unless you buy more minutes/messages.
Regards
Chris Ward

http://eatsleepcookschool.wordpress.com - The true story of the year I spent learning how to be a professional cook at catering school in Avignon, Provence, while working as a dishwasher.
Christopher
*****
*****
 
Posts: 341
Joined: Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:26 pm

Re: Mobile phone providers

Postby montgolfiere » Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:34 am

There is no problem making the calls/texts ABOVE the monthly allowance, (or indeed calls not included in the package eg. to Mobiles), you are just charged above , for example the 2€ Free Subscription, on your next Debit. It rarely happens to me !!
montgolfiere
*****
*****
 
Posts: 354
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:13 am
Location: Rennes les Bains


Return to PC, internet, telephones, & TV

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron