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Active Prepaid Orange Mobicarte SIM Card for use in FRANCE - Pay As You Go With Comprehensive Notes in English compiled for visitors to France FULL SUPPORT INCLUDED
ALREADY REGISTERED WITH NUMBER - READY TO USE!
5€ Credit included, see below. Line valid for 6 months +
It is hard to register a French SIM card without a French address. This card has already been registered and activated, and a telephone number has been allocated which you can give to friends and family before you leave home!
With this card calls may be received or voicemail consulted, for free, as soon as you are on French soil! With credit you can make your calls too.
The SIM card may be topped up in France at Tabacs, post offices (La Poste) and many shops - look for the Orange logo outside. Credit may come in the form of a direct recharge for immediate credit, or a recharge code, which may be keyed in at your convenience as long as you don't lose the voucher! If you have a French bank card you can also top up online (from anywhere in the world), by phone (free within France) or at many ATMs (distributeurs) in France. This sadly doesn't work with bank cards or VISA cards from other countries.
The SIM cards have 5 Euros initial credit. The SIM will be activated before sending, and the credit is valid up to one month from activation date. This credit can be added to or extended by a further recharge.
Please let me know when ordering:
- delivery required by date, - arrival date in France,
so I can arrange activation, posting date and provide information to suit.
It is also useful if you mention
- the phone or devices(s) with which you plan to use the SIM, - size of SIM required : standard mini-SIM (25mm x 15mm) ; or cut to micro SIM (15mm x 12mm) for iPhone 4/4s etc ; or cut to nano size (12.3 x 8.8mm) for iPhone 5.
You can add a message with your Paypal payment, or send me an Ebay message as soon as possible after ordering, via "Ask a question" at the bottom of the listing.
You can top up voice credit if required, I have a range of recharges available, please ask if you need this in advance of travel
The validity of the line is to October 2013 or later, and is extended to 6 months after expiry of each new recharge from 10-100 Euros - a maximum of 18 months. The line may be used indefinitely if topped up regularly, or at appropriate intervals. It will become inactive if it has no credit for more than 6 months.
Classic recharges: Available from 5 to 100 Euros. The greater the recharge, the longer the credit is valid up to a maximum of 1 year. Standard call costs are 0.40 Euros per minute, 0.10 Euros per SMS to France, and offers and plans are available which give better prices. There are some good value 1-day add-ons that you can buy from this credit using your phone. For each classic recharge, you get bonus free credit. Classic recharges form your main voice credit and can be used for any calls, texts, buying bundles, etc. However they are not the best value for each purpose.
Mobile internet (more about data below) - 150MB mobile internet valid 1 week for 5 Euros - 500MB mobile internet valid 2 weeks for 10 Euros
"Recharges Max" - 1 week unlimited SMS to French numbers for 5 Euros - 1 week unlimited calls & SMS to French numbers for 10 Euros - 1 month unlimited calls, SMS & MMS to French numbers + 150MB data for 20 Euros - 1 month unlimited calls, SMS & MMS to French numbers + 300MB data for 30 Euros
"Recharge Monde" - 60 minutes international calls (from France to landlines or mobiles abroad), valid 20 days, for 15 Euros
For more details on recharge amounts and validity just google "orange france recharge" or "recharge mobicarte" to find the relevant page on the Orange France website.
If you need a recharge in a hurry or in advance of travel, please contact me, I keep some Mobicarte recharges available. I also have some Let's Go recharges for data SIMs.
I can also provide cards set up as required with a data recharge and/or Option Mail before mailing (see Data below). Please contact me with your requirements.
Data You can use WAP or internet with this 3G SIM card. It is best value to purchase an internet day bundle from your voice credit, or a 1 or 2 week internet recharge if you will use internet very much, this can be done from the phone or online.
Immediate access (subscribe from your credit on the day required) internet bundles that run for 1 day until midnight : 10MB for 0.90 Euros, or 50MB for 2 Euros. These daily bundles can be bought using your phone from any classic voice credit you have on the SIM, they will expire at the end of that day.
Specialised mobile internet recharges can be bought from outlets and added using your phone : 150MB for 1 week for 5 Euros, or 500MB for 2 weeks for 10 Euros.
The 20 & 30 Euro "recharges max" above also include a modest data allowance.
Webmail, or http-based mail apps such as Gmail, can be used within the internet bundles.
(Please note if you have used a Mobicarte SIM before : the unlimited monthly "Option Internet Max" is no longer available. As of 4th April 2013 all the internet bundles and recharges have changed, and are limited.)
"Option Mail" is a monthly email option and costs 6 Euros, if you want to use your POP/IMAP/SMTP Mail application. This is separate to any internet bundle and offers its own 500Mb allowance - this is unlimited even after the 500MB though speed may be reduced.
Warnings / exclusions / limitations : Internet use without an internet bundle, or use beyond your data allowance, costs 50 cents/min from any classic voice credit on the SIM. All the new internet bundles and recharges are limited in this way. Online you can see your usage - I'm not yet sure whether this can be monitored from the phone menus. It may also be useful to install a data monitoring app so you can monitor your 3G data consumption in real time.
Mail applications using POP /IMAP/SMTP are not covered by internet bundles. Email (POP, SMTP, IMAP) is charged at 15 cents per 10Kb outside a bundle, this can eat your credit fast. It is best to buy Option Mail from your voice credit to cover any POP / IMAP / SMTP usage, this is unlimited though may be slowed beyond 500MB.
Voice over IP such as Skype is not covered by internet bundles.
Modem use is not included, you may find it blocked if you try it. If you succeed remember data consumption may be much higher.
Although automatic updates should run from any internet bundle, they will drain your data allowance quickly so should be disabled wherever possible.
It is important to turn off 3G access until your Internet bundle is enabled, or you may lose your voice credit by background data use before you get a chance to subscribe!
The Mobicarte can be used to activate an Orange France iPhone - even a completely dead Mobicarte will do. If you later update the OS on the iPhone you may need to activate the iPhone again - so keep the SIM.
iPhones and Smart Phones
can use the above Internet bundles and/or a monthly Email bundle with
this SIM in an iPhone or other smartphone when visiting France, however
you will not be able to benefit from the dedicated iPhone bundles that
are available to contract customers. Because iPhones and
smartphones connect to the internet in many ways, you may get out-of
bundle costs you had not anticipated.
SIM with an internet bundle or recharge (and Mail if required) can be
used in tablet phones, and also in some non-phone tablets if the SIM has been set up beforehand. The SIM works for example in the Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000, and Motorola Xoom. A small adjustment to the APN settings is needed in some tablets, I supply details on purchase.
: Currently the Mobicarte SIM will NOT work directly in a new iPad 3,
or any other version of iPad which has been updated with iOS 5. I am not
sure that it works in any iPad any more. You may be able to hotspot to your iPad from your phone (all brands except iPhones). (If you need a micro SIM to run directly in an iPad you will need a data SIM instead).
Micro SIM or Nano SIM Please tell me if you need the SIM cut down to Micro SIM or Nano SIM size before shipping, I have SIM cutters. Note : A standard mini-SIM is 25mm x 15mm; a micro SIM is 15mm x 12mm (for iPhone 4/4s, Samsung Galaxy S3, etc) A nano SIM is 12mm x 8.8mm (for iPhone 5).
Modem Use Orange France state that modem use is not allowed with the Mobicarte SIM. Until
recently it has been possible to use the SIM in most Mifis and in some
USB dongles, as well as most phones as hotspot (except iPhones).
However Orange France have completely overhauled the data bundles for the Mobicarte as of 4th April 2013, I cannot guarantee that hotspot use or tethering will work with the new bundles. I will add any further information to the listing when I find out. Any feedback on this is appreciated.
More general details on Orange France mobile offerings can be found on their website, although it takes a bit of navigating! The web pages can be approximately translated with Google Translate if your French is less than perfect.
The SIM in its original holder
Phone number and PUK code
a French Quick Reference Guide "Memo Mobicarte"
Mobicarte information booklet in French with a small section in English at the back.
Comprehensive documentation in English that I have translated and compiled, including links to parts of the Orange France website, which I will send as an email attachment. Designed to help you make full use of the Mobicarte.
Additional support via email. My aim is to get you up and running in all the ways you need.
If you require a hard copy of these notes, please let me know when you purchase, and I will send you an additional invoice for £5 for extra postage and printing costs. If you require assistance in English for a Mobicarte you have already purchased elsewhere, please contact me.
You will need an UNLOCKED, or Orange France mobile phone to use this card. Make sure you get your phone unlocked before you leave home!
Shipping to UK by standard letter. I normally post as soon as possible. Delivery typically 1-3 days after posting.
An option to send by Special Delivery is provided. If you choose Special Delivery please send me a separate message when you pay or immediately after payment to confirm the delivery address, and the date required by. Please bear in mind it is not always convenient for me to get to the Post Office so the more notice you can give me, the better.
I will send via Airmail standard letter if required and at my discretion, but no cover will be provided if the item is lost or delayed. For more security, Airsure (where available) or International Signed For is preferred.
Typical delivery times from mailing date : Europe 2-7 days (though longer times may be expected for Italy, Eastern Europe, Russia) US/Canada 6-16 days New Zealand 5-10 days Australia 1-3 weeks
If you require recharges / bundles to be added to the card in advance then please select the Airsure postage option starting at GBP 6.50. If you are ordering several cards please contact me for a revised invoice and I will let you know relevant postage costs.
For urgent or time-sensitive deliveries, giving delivery worldwide in 2-5 days, I can use Fedex, if you require this please send your payment, then send me a separate email to confirm your up-to-date shipping address and contact telephone number. Fedex Express International Rates and delivery times vary by country, my pricing guide is as follows :
Fedex Express Rates from the UK to : USA / Canada / Mexico GBP35; Europe / Australia / NZ GBP 42; Rest of World up to maximum GBP 50.
I have included Fedex pricing for the US / Canada in the postage options. If Fedex is required to other countries please Buy Now and request a revised invoice.
If you have any queries about payment method or amount, please either select "Request total from seller" on the payment page, or send me a message with your enquiry.
I would appreciate prompt payment within 24 hours for these time-sensitive items. Be aware that until you have paid I will prioritise SIM cards and dates for customers that have paid.
The listing, and the notes in English that I provide on purchase are designed to cover most of the questions I am asked, and to help you to get the most out of the SIM card during your visit.
However please feel free to send me a message if you need further information prior to, or after purchase. I will try to answer quickly.
I am a native English speaker with a strong liking for both French and travel. I have sold many of these SIM cards, specifically to English-speaking customers, and have received a lot of positive and useful feedback which I use to further enhance the support I provide.
If you decide after purchase that the item is not suitable for you, I will accept returns if they are still in perfect resaleable condition. However due to the time-limited nature of this product the refund value may not be as much as you paid for it.
For returns within 7 days I will provide a full refund of purchase price only (not postage). For returns beyond that time the return and/or refund value will be at my discretion. Please contact me in advance of any return.
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