Re: [86attendees] Good prepaid SIM cards for Europe?

"Black, David" <david.black@emc.com> Mon, 18 March 2013 04:20 UTC

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From: "Black, David" <david.black@emc.com>
To: Ted Lemon <mellon@fugue.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:20:01 -0400
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> In France it's _really_ easy to get a SIM card, but the phone company
> procedures for operating them are so arcane that even if you speak enough
> French to understand the prompts, you will still probably fail to get them
> working.   It took me quite a long time to figure out that you can buy refills
> at newsstands and don't need a French bank account to add credit.   :)

Maybe that depends on whose SIM card.  For the Paris IETF, I had no problem
acquiring a Lyca SIM card at the local Tabac (newsstand) because I needed
some GSM voice minutes, and I seem to recall that activation was via web site.
On that front, Google translate is your friend - I even managed to activate
a T-Mobile CZ SIM for IETF Prague via the web site and translating all the
questions from Czech to English ...

OTOH, I do speak a moderate amount of French, which makes dealing with France
a *lot* easier.

Thanks,
--David

> -----Original Message-----
> From: 86attendees-bounces@ietf.org [mailto:86attendees-bounces@ietf.org] On
> Behalf Of Ted Lemon
> Sent: Sunday, March 17, 2013 6:32 PM
> To: Francis Dupont
> Cc: <86attendees@ietf.org>rg>; Eggert, Lars; Philip Matthews
> Subject: Re: [86attendees] Good prepaid SIM cards for Europe?
> 
> On Mar 17, 2013, at 5:10 PM, Francis Dupont <Francis.Dupont@fdupont.fr> wrote:
> > => I am afraid this will be the case in most countries in Europe.
> > I know you have to show an photo ID in France, I can check more
> > (i.e., the exact requirements) if someone asks.
> 
> In France it's _really_ easy to get a SIM card, but the phone company
> procedures for operating them are so arcane that even if you speak enough
> French to understand the prompts, you will still probably fail to get them
> working.   It took me quite a long time to figure out that you can buy refills
> at newsstands and don't need a French bank account to add credit.   :)
> 
> I will second the request to ask DT for help on this.   Regulations may
> prevent it, however, so we shouldn't be too hard on them if they don't come
> through for us... :}
> 
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