Join Date: May 2005
Location: Mayenne France
My Motorhome: Pilote 733 FJ
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I live in France and for use whilst travelling, for me a data SIM is the only option, sure the FON etc. wifi works some of the time.
As to provider choice I've tried most, when I tried the Lebara one I found it to be the worst I'd tried. I'm currently using an Orange.fr one, it has got a contract but no fixed time and can be cancelled with one months notice, it is a data only, so no phone calls and costs €24.99 per month for 8 gb when the 8 gb is used they don't cut you off just throttle back the speed of access. An added advantage of this one is they also allow 3gb of roaming at no extra cost in the EU although that allowance is a yearly one and not per month, useful if you just dip into another country.
I've found SFR and Orange to have the best overall coverage of the country.
I'm currently in Spain and using my Spanish Lebara SIM, always found the Lebara one suited me best here, unfortunately this year things appear to have changed, my MIFI shows the carrier as being DC, which from doing a bit of research appears to be Dual Carrier. The service is very on and off and my claimed data use is way beyond normal. I have tried contacting Lebara, who are good at responding but useless at resolving anything simply replying with standard frequently asked question answers.