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Fixed-line Telephone ("téléphone fixe")
Usually when you move into a new place, the telephone line is already installed.
If this is not the case, contact France Télécom / Orange on 1014 and provide the following details:
- The name of the former renter, their former number and the date they left the appartment;
- Or the number on the bottom of the door of your appartment on the France Télécom plaque.
In general, a phone will be installed within 48 hours and costs around 50€ (110€ if they have to create a new line, for which a technician is needed).
Many operators offer deals of around 30€ per month with free calls to all fixed telephones in France and several other countries, unlimited internet access and digital TV.
Warning: these deals often require a year-long commitment and you will need to open a French bank account.
While waiting to find your permanent home, you can always connect at Sciences Po.
Wi-Fi in Paris
Paris Wi-Fi is a service that allows you to connect for free throughout the city. To use this service, go to one of the 260 municipal sites equipped with Paris Wi-Fi access.
The three main operators (Bouygues Telecom, Free, Orange and SFR) have many offers, some including the handset, pre-paid or subscription. Other operators often have cheaper deals: Sosh, Joe Mobile, B&You, Virgin Mobile, Prixtel, La Poste Mobile, etc.
A French bank account is a must for mobile phone subscriptions but not necessary for pre-paid cards
While waiting to open your bank account, you can buy a SIM card for use in your telephone. If you have a (third generation) handset that was bought overseas, you can still use it in Europe. For this you can buy prepaid credit recharges.
Before leaving your country, find out from your operator whether your phone can be used in France.
There are telephone cards that allow you to make international calls. You can find out about the best prices in tobacconist stores ("tabacs"), which usually stock them