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Trojans abroad: Paris, France

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Studying abroad is a time that all university students look forward to during their four years. Classes aren’t necessarily a top priority; rather students care more about the city’s nightlife, culture and of course — the food. In this series, we ask those who are currently making their friends jealous with awesome Facebook posts to give us some insight about what they’ve been eating. If you plan to study abroad in the same city, perhaps you’ll learn a thing or two.

SU: Spoon University

MC: Maria Cho, a senior studying International Relations and Global Business at ACCENT and Université de Paris – Sorbonne with the USC Paris program.

Q&A

SU: What dish were you most excited to try? Have you had it yet? Did it live up to your expectations?

MC: I want to try escargot. I have yet to try it but am slowly working up to it. The grand and complete process includes several steps – I first needed to get comfortable with the idea of eating snails. Then it took me a couple days to figure out how to say, “Where is a good escargot restaurant?” in French so that I could ask my host mom. I finally got a recommendation from my host mom who enthusiastically asked all of her friends for a good place for an American to first attempt it.

SU: What’s the best dish you’ve eaten there so far?

Photo courtesy of Maria Cho

MC: I have the biggest sweet tooth, so the best food I’ve had so far are all desserts. In Paris, they have a pâtisserie, or a pastry store, on every street. There are also beautiful and incredibly skinny people on every street. I have yet to solve the mystery of how the two coexist. This is what a standard pâtisserie looks like.

SU: Any really great cheap restaurants you’ve found?

Photo courtesy of Maria Cho

MC: There is this amazing falafel place called “L’As du Fallafel” in Paris. There’s almost always a huge line, and they have a really good vegetarian option and I have gone there an embarrassingly large number of times.

SU: Where are you living and do you cook for yourself or go to a dining hall or eat out? What’s your typical dinner like?

Photo courtesy of Maria Cho

MC: I’m living with a host family in Neuilly which my host dad explained to me as the “Beverly Hills of Paris.” I have dinner with my host family four times a week, and the remaining days I go out and explore food options. It would be difficult to describe a typical dinner since Paris is such a cosmopolitan place. But speaking from just my experience with my host family, the one constant component of each meal has been bread and cheese. This picture (taken at a restaurant called Hippopotamus) is also not an uncommon meal in Paris: wine, steak, fries, salad and bread and cheese.

SU: Have you traveled to anywhere else? What did you enjoy eating there?

MC: I had fish and chips in London. I’m sure this is common knowledge to every other college-educated, literate person, but London is where I found out “fish and chips” means “fish and fries.” I was pleasantly surprised.I also visited Denmark and Sweden and tried a meatball open-faced sandwich (picture below). I was told that I had to try meatballs when I went to Sweden and to have an open-faced sandwich (which is basically a single slice of bread with the food items stacked on top) in Denmark. So this meatball sandwich was the perfect way to multitask.

SU: Any American foods that you’re really missing since you can’t find them in Europe?

Photo courtesy of Maria Cho

MC: Chipotle. I have found Chipotle in Paris (with great effort), but it’s not the same. You go in expecting it to taste the same, but it’s not.

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Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


Cellphones

You can choose to buy a SIM card from one of the providers below and place it in your current phone or smartphone. Before you do this, make sure to check with your American phone provider that it does not break your contract. The SIM card should only cost you around 10 euros and from there you can either buy the pay as you go plan mentioned below or if you would like to have data on your phone many providers have plans where you pay 20 to 30 euros a month for unlimited texting, calling, and data in France. Certain providers such as Virgin Mobile, Bouygues Telecom (B&You), and Free also have plans with unlimited texting, calling, and data in France and other European countries as well as free international calling to the US.

Purchase a cellphone:
There are three cell phone networks in France: Orange of France Télécom, Bouygues, and SFR. Each of these networks offers a prepaid phone cards system: Mobicarte from Orange, Nomad from Bouygues, and SFR la Carte from SFR. To proceed, buy a “pack” from one of these three operators. A pack includes a mobile phone, a SIM card, and an initial charge of 30 minutes. A SIM (subscriber identification module) is a microchip that, when placed in the cell phone, determines the network to which the phone is connected. Once you buy the pack and insert the SIM card, the phone will be activated and you will be able to receive calls. You must credit your account to make calls and check your voicemail. The account is credited for the first time by entering the code written on the prepaid phone card included in the pack. Once this initial credit runs out, you must buy another phone card to credit it again. Prepaid cards are available in different amounts of time (half-hour to an hour) and can be purchased in many locations, including Tabacs, (smoke shops) found all over Paris.

The three networks and their prepaid phone systems are very similar in terms of service and price. The best thing to do is to see if a particular pack is on sale and buy that one, or whichever is cheapest. Go to the audio-visual store la FNAC or another large store to make your purchase. (Bring your passport). There are lots of small cellphone stores in Paris, but they have been known to trick customers into buying a more expensive system than they need. Avoid them.

Using your cellphone
To save money with a pay as you go phone use it for incoming calls and short calls, and place longer calls from a public phone or your phone at the dorm. (If you live with French hosts you will have to ask them what their rules are concerning phone use) Do watch out when making calls to a cellphone from a fixed phone it is very expensive per minute. Use SMS (short message service) to send quick text messages to your friends it’s cheaper than making a call. You can send them from your cell phone, or for free from the internet – try www.smsgratuit.com. You can also use cell phone apps such as Viber or Whatsapp to message and call family and friends in the US or abroad using wifi.

My friend lent me her French cellphone to use while I’m here. What do I do?
It depends how much time has elapsed from the last time she credited her account. If it has been less than six months since the last recharge, you can probably just buy a new prepaid card and the phone will work. If it’s been more than six months, the SIM card has probably expired, and you’ll have to buy a new one. You should buy them directly from the operator at one of their boutiques

Stores close to BU-Paris Center
Boutique Bouygues – 82 rue de Commerce, 15th
Espace SFR- 98 rue Saint Charles, 15 th , Métro: Charles-Michels
Orange de France Télécom- 49 rue de Commerce, 15th
Phone House 88 rue de Commerce, 15th Métro : Commerce
FNAC : 136 rue de Rennes, 6th, Métro: Rennes, Montparnasse
Free: 8 rue de la Ville l’Evêque, 8th, M°Madeleine

Cancellation – Free Mobile
As Free mobile is one of the most popular and affordable options for students in France, the following document lays out how to cancel your Free subscription at the end of the semester – Lettre de Résiliation Free


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