Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Using Your US Cell Phone in Europe

Something I'm asked almost as often as "where should we eat in Provence?" is "what should we do about a cell phone on our upcoming trip?" Obviously there's no simple answer but BudgetTravel.com has taken up the topic so you might be interested in what they have to say. Click here for the first story and comments; here for the follow up.

Photo by Andy Hebden via Flickr. To see more of his work, go here.


  1. Great post. I was just thinking I ought to look into this subject today for my upcoming trip to Paris - even though it's not until Sept. Doesn't hurt to get all the facts!

    I've decided to go cell phoneless. I'll only be gone for 8 days. And on vacation. I can make a collect call to the US in an emergency and other arrangements, as needed, where a cell phone might come in handy. I doubt I will need it or want to have it - I don't use the cell phone all the time anyway, even here in the states when I can.

  2. Merci for the link Julie. I'll check it out right away.

  3. We use Call in Europe and recommend their low-cost mobile solutions to all of our clients. It's $29 for a SIM card and for air time all incoming calls are free and outbound calls to France, Europe and even the US are $0.39/min! You can even keep your number. Just be sure to take care of unlocking your US phone with your provider in advance so the French SIM card works. It's easy, affordable and works great. Low-cost data plans for smartphones are available as well. Why pay high roaming fees if you don't have to? Save your money for fun stuff in France :)

  4. Thank you for the link. In the past, I have purchased the phonecard and used the public phones.



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