Mobile Cellular Telephones

Find out how to set up a mobile cell phone in France...

Mobile devices in France operate on a GSM network. Mobile telephones that are not GSM compatible may not work in France. There are numerous types of mobile telephone subscriptions available to consumers in France and it is important to shop around for the best deal.

Mobile plans on a contract

Forfaits avec engagement are mobile plans taken out for a minimum duration, usually 12 or 24 months, depending on the offer. The subscription can be blocked to only include a certain number of hours each month, it can be unblocked, or it can be unlimited. These offers include a new mobile phone at a reduced price. Bills are paid monthly by direct debit. The main mobile telephone providers are: There are many other providers offering subscriptions and pre-paid packages. A useful resource for comparing mobile phone subscriptions is Edcom.

Mobile service without a contract

Forfait sans engagement are mobile plans without a minimum duration. The mobile subscription is managed entirely online, and a new mobile phone at a reduced price is generally not included upon sign up. The main providers all have a ‘low-cost’ mobile plan including basic plans as well as complete offers that include unlimited phone calls, unlimited text messages, international calls and Internet: A useful resource for comparing mobile phone plans is Edcom.

Prepaid offers

Prepaid offers, or pay as you go, (pré-payés) do not require a subscription. After buying the SIM card and prepaid credit, calls can be made immediately. The mobile may need to be unlocked in a specialist telephone shop as some phones are specific to one network. Credit is purchased either by buying a prepaid card, calling the number found on the back of the card and entering the card number, or buyers can purchase credit directly from cashiers at tobacconists and newsagents. The cashier provides a receipt that includes a phone number to call and a validation code. Prepaid cards are sold in many shops, supermarkets, tabacs and newsstands (presse).