eSIM for France- Find the best data plans for you!
eSIM for France- Find the best data plan for you!
Let’s take a look at your options of eSIM for France
The list of reasons to visit France is endless! The world’s most visited country is blessed with stunning landscape comprising of Alpine mountains, beautiful meadows, farms, rivers and spectacular sea coast.France is the leading light in our planet’s culture, performing arts and gastronomy. It has given the world the idea of “liberty, equality and justice” along with several other cultural imports. Paris, its capital city, is filled with baroque palaces, art-nouveau architecture and spectacular public squares. Eiffel Tower continues to be the cultural symbol of France while the Champs Elysees remains the heart and soul of Paris.
However, Paris is not the only destination, move north and you will be greeted by beautiful meadows and D-Day beaches. Down south is filled with beautiful Mediterranean Sea coast and cities of Nice, Cannes, Marsailles, St. Tropez etc. Everywhere you move in France, geography changes and with it, changes the flavours of French cuisine. Cultural performances and art still dominates the country which is evident in the number of painters, poets and writers sharing the most beautiful spots with the tourists.
There are plenty of things to see and do in France which is blessed with diverse landscapes and geography. Starting from world class alpine resorts to stunning beaches of Saint Tropez, France is truly a world class destination!
Not only that France has a lot of fanstastic views, all major local carriers support eSIMs as well!
Traveling to France? Stay connected by purchasing an eSIM online!
eSIMs are easy to activate without the need of physical swapping of cards to install a connection. They also allow for another physical SIM to be used at the same time. Travel eSIMs are especially good as you can get them digitally right before you travel. eSIMs is perfect for travelers as it removes the need for individual SIMs. You can also upgrade devices in a breeze by registering your new device with your cellular network provider.
Orange , formerly France Télécom S.A., is a French multinational telecommunications corporation. Back in history, France Télécom was the French public operator. Nowadays it is still the market leader with the best coverage (94% of population in 4G/LTE as of October 2017) and the most subscribers, including extensive coverage of tourist areas (beaches / ski resorts) and transport corridors (high speed train lines, motorways). 4G/LTE is accessible for all prepaid plans.
Orange has been the company’s main brand for mobile, landline, internet and IPTV services since 2006. It originated in 1994 when Hutchison Whampoa acquired a controlling stake in Microtel Communications during the early 1990s and rebranded it as “Orange”. It became a subsidiary of Mannesmann in 1999 and was acquired by France Télécom in 2000. The company was rebranded as Orange on 1 July 2013.
SFR is historically the second network in France and one of the biggest rivals of Orange. It used to belong to Vivendi, but has been sold to the company Altice. It has good coverage nationwide in 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE coverage is slightly less than Orange. SFR is the local partner of Vodafone in France, but there is still no international data roaming on any SFR prepaid products. This carrier supports eSIM.
Bouygues Télécom is the 3rd largest network operator in France in term of subscribers. Unlike the other players, its 4G/LTE is mainly on 1800 MHz (and to a lesser extent 2600 MHz and 800 MHz) open for all prepaid users.In October 2017 they cover 94% of population by LTE.
Their old prepaid card Formule 20/20 has been discontinued in 2015. They now only sell Card XL and Classique prepaid SIMs. The classic line doesn’t include data. So it’s not mentioned any further.
Note that Bouygues Télécom has restricted most prepaid plans for roaming, except for the tourist offer. This means that unless you pay the high price for the tourist plan, data roaming is not available even in the EU. For lower prices with EU roaming, look elsewhere.
So how does a roaming eSIM compare with local eSIMs?
Local SIMs are charging about USD 2.65 per GB. The price per GB on Sim to fly is USD 3.10 of per GB on the first package then only USD 2.50 for add on packages. This makes the eSIM2Fly roaming sim competitive with the local eSIMs in price per GB.
Price of 6GB in USD
In the graph above, we see the equivalent cost of 6 GB when priced in USD.
Can be purchased online (for existing clients) or from Orange Store