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French SIM Card Mobicarte Orange 3G ACTIVE France + 5€ credit

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Item location:
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Condition: New other (see details) : Split the cost with friends
A new, unused item with absolutely no signs of wear. The item may be missing its original packaging, or the original packaging has been opened or is no longer sealed. The item may be a factory second, or a new and unused item with minor defects. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: Activated before sending. With documentation in English.
Type: Mobile Phone Sim Cards Credit Included (£): 5 Euros
Sim Card Adaptor Features: 3G/ GSM Brand: Orange
Sim Card Status: Sim Unlocked Network Operator: Orange France
Payment Option: Pay As You Go

Active Prepaid Orange Mobicarte SIM Card for use in FRANCE -
Pay As You Go
With Comprehensive Notes in English compiled for visitors to France


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.

Best to confirm details via Ebay message or email after ordering, as the Paypal messages do not always arrive.

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

(I also have cards with a 500MB 2 week internet recharge and 5 Euros credit, see ,

and with the new "Recharge Holiday" 2 week recharge for 1 hr calls + 500 SMS + 500MB
(calls and SMS valid from most European countries to any worldwide landlines or mobiles; data valid in France only)
and 5 Euros credit

The validity of the line 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 0.54 Euros per minute, 0.135 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.

Specialised recharges:

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 + 300MB data for 20 Euros
- 1 month unlimited calls, SMS & MMS to French numbers + 1GB data for 30 Euros

"Recharge Monde"
- 60 minutes international calls (from France to landlines or mobiles abroad), valid 20 days, for 15 Euros

"Recharge Holiday"
- 1 hour calls + 500 SMS to France or worldwide landlines or mobiles (excluding special rate numbers), + 500MB data, valid 2 weeks for 20 Euros
(call and SMS allowance can be used from France or most European countries, data allowance valid only in France.)

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 any recharges 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.


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 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 to new users;
though the option can be re-activated using your phone if left suspended from a previous use.
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/MB from any classic voice credit on the SIM.
All the new internet bundles and recharges are limited in this way.
You can see your data usage online or 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 can be covered by the new internet recharges.
Or set up Option Mail from your voice credit to cover large amounts of POP / IMAP / SMTP usage, this is unlimited though may be slowed beyond 500MB.

Email (POP, SMTP, IMAP) is charged at 15 cents per 10Kb outside a bundle, this can eat your credit fast.

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!

iPhone Activation

The Mobicarte can be used to activate an Orange France iPhone - even an expired 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

You can use the above Internet bundles or recharges 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.

The 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.

NOTE : 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.

However it is often still possible to use the SIM in unlocked Mifis and in some USB dongles, as well as most phones as hotspot (except iPhones).

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.

Listing includes:

  • 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. Please allow 2 days for activation and preparation, or ask if very urgent.
Delivery typically 1-3 days after posting.

If you choose Special Delivery, please send me a separate message as soon as possible 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, choose International Tracked or Signed.

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.
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.
Fedex pricing is NOT included in the postage options. Please contact me BEFORE purchase if you will require delivery by Fedex.
I may require some additional ID confirmation for this service.

After purchase please send me a separate email to confirm your up-to-date shipping address, contact telephone number, and date delivery is required by.
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 GBP 42;
Europe / Australia / NZ  GBP 47;
Rest of World up to maximum GBP 60.


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.

Customer Support

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 14 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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Returns policy

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The buyer is responsible for return postage costs.
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See listing For further details about returns please see my "Returns" page link in the description header.
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Item location: Guernsey, United Kingdom
Postage to: Worldwide
Excludes: Morocco
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