Staying connected while traveling abroad is now an indispensable issue for all travellers, and the solution can be hard to find especially in Paris. Here are all the best solutions for you to get Wi-Fi in the French capital:
1. Data roaming in Paris
If you plan to use your usual mobile phone plan, you will have to face some huge phone bills at the end of your stay. For example, providers like Sprint or T-mobile will charge you $2/MB, knowing that on average, we use 500MB per day… that means $1,000 per day!
Some operators offer international plan or option that you have to choose before leaving, but either way this is still a costly solution.
2. Enjoy public Wi-Fi in Paris
If you are staying in a hotel or a hostel, you should have a Wi-Fi access at your accommodation. But be careful, sometimes hotel can charge additional fees for wifi, and it can also be restricted to only a part of the hotel (e.g. in the hotel lobby).
As you know, many bars and restaurants offers now a Wi-Fi access to their clients. This way you will be able to stay connected during your breakfast, lunch and other stops. However, you may need to order or buy something to have access to the Wi-Fi network, and sometimes the connection can be limited in time.
There is also some public Wi-Fi hotspots in Paris, you only have to connect to the public wifi network and to register online. These hotspots are usually available in touristic places (such as museums), gardens and train stations.
Be careful however, free wifi has usually a low speed, so you will need to be patient when you will try to load a page. Be careful also for your data safety when you are connected to a public network, and don’t share any personal data!
3. Buy a SIM card in Paris
If you want a solution that allows you to make calls and use the Internet, you can buy a SIM card from a french operator store and ask him to put it in your smartphone.
However, with this option you will have a new phone number so you will be totally unreachable on your usual number. Also, if you plan to visit several countries, you will have to buy a new SIM card in each country.
2. Rent a pocket Wi-Fi for Paris
If you want a solution which allow you to stay connected throughout the day and during your whole trip, especially if you travel quite a few countries, renting a pocket Wi-Fi seems to be the best option.
These tiny mobile hotspots provide you a high speed private Wi-Fi network at 10 meters around, which guarantee you a data safety. You can use the Internet as usual while keeping your own SIM card and thus be able to use your phone number.
With Hippocketwifi, from 4.90€/day you will have unlimited data in Paris and anywhere in France. You can choose the Europe package with 1GB per day in every European country. You can connect up to 10 devices to the pocket wifi, so if you are travelling with friends or family, the costs can easily be shared.
More information about the pocket wifi renting for Paris here.