Internet connection in France for just one month
Thread poster: Conrado Portugal

Conrado Portugal
Germany
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Dec 14, 2009

Dear Colleagues:

I will be in France for one month, next February. I rented an appartment in Montpellier. The flat has a land line, however no Internet connection. What is the best way to have an Internet connection in France without signing a one year or a 2 year contract or ruining yourself? Does somebody knows or have an idea?

Thanks

Conrado


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Teresa Borges
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Why not an Internet USB stick? Dec 14, 2009

http://www.rueducommerce.fr/Telephonie/Internet-Mobile-Cle-3g/Cle-3G/SFR/2848064-Cle-USB-E160-Internet-Haut-Debit-compatible-3G-SFR.htm

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Re USB Stick Dec 14, 2009

Is that what they're called in English? I have a "Clé 3G" but it also needs a 1-year contract - as does the one in the link.

To be honest, I don't know of any way - I hope someone else does. I don't imagine you want to spend all your time in a cybercafé, although they aren't expensive.

I advise you to post this in the French forum to bring it to the attention of all the French-speakers based in France.


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Jumplanguage  Identity Verified
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The "USB Stick" will probably do it. Dec 14, 2009

I do not exactly know about france. However, I recently met someone who worked in Germany for a few months and had an UMTS stick (not very fast but ok) which was handled like a pre pay card for a mobile phone. Internet access was available wherever there was connection to the mobile phone network.
I see no reason why this shouldn't be available in France.
Have a look on sites of French mobile phone companies.


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Nicolas Coyer  Identity Verified
Colombia
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SFR, Orange or Bouygues Telecom Dec 15, 2009

Here are the three main mobile operators in France. They offer packages with no long term contract (sans engagement) for a USB modem:

http://www.sfr.fr/internet-mobile/offres-internet-mobile-cle-internet-3g/les-offres-internet-3g-?vue=00235e&sfrintid=HPB_midumpc_cle3g_bolmid

http://www.orange.fr/bin/frame.cgi?u=http://mobile.orange.fr/0/accueil/Retour?SA=NPV2GEOFFRESBOUTIQUE

http://www.laboutique.bouyguestelecom.fr/forfaits-mobiles-offres-internet/forfaits-internet-mobile-3g-147_g.html

This is your best option.
I tried the prepaid option last summer, but it just drains your credit before you know it because they charge per Kb.

I would recommend "buying" hours of connection instead.

Good luck!


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bohy  Identity Verified
France
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Free (+2cts/mn) Dec 15, 2009

If you have a dial-up modem, and limited bandwidth requirements, this may be all you need...
http://subscribe.free.fr/accesgratuit/
You need to register at least 2 days ahead of time.


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Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
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Combination Dec 15, 2009

If you've got a landline, you could use dial-up for occasional surfing (if you've got the patience!), as Bohy suggests, and buy a USB stick for larger, faster downloads.

I saw the Orange USB sticks at the FNAC the other day. They cost about 80 EUR and, as someone else mentioned, are charged up with pay as you go cards. I didn't see any indication that you had to commit for any amount of time.

You could perhaps try the phone company, too, if you know who your provider will be. They may have a (more expensive) internet package available which does not involve a year-long commitment.

Good luck,
Jocelyne


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