Mobile Phones

General information

If someone woke you up in the middle of the night, even half-asleep, it’s likely that you could reel off a list of reliable mobile phone operators in your home town. But what about in France?

Our experience has shown that 90% of students who move to France do not even think about which SIM card they will purchase on arrival. Really, what could be easier?

Probably, buying a SIM in your home country is very simple. You go to the mobile operator shop and buy a SIM card with your passport details. The sales assistant will suggest a good plan. Actually, the other plans this operator offers don’t see to differ that much.

In France, everything is different. Registering your SIM card means concluding a long-term contract with the mobile operator. What’s more, it’s not even that simple. For example, you will not be able to enter into a cost-effective long-term contract without a French Bank account. Some operators will want to make sure that you plan to stay in France for a long time and will ask you for a copy of your visa or confirmation of place of residence.

Overall, the process of registration can be rather long. In some cases, you will your SIM card by mail a week later, if the letter doesn’t get lost. Now, the challenge is getting to grips with the local tariffs. French marketing specialists are very creative people. It is highly likely that the standard booklet of available mobile phone plans will contain no less than five unknown variations.

Quartier Latin will help you get started with a mobile phone plan easily and simply. We will explain in clear and simple language what plan is right for you, choose a loyal and reliable operator and help with service.


  • There are SIM cards for tourists that can easily be bought in any supermarket. If you plan to stay in France for a long time, this is not the option for you. It is better to purchase a long-term SIM card with a cost-effective plan;
  • In most cases, you will be charged a monthly fee and you can talk as much as you like;
  • That way, you won’t need to run to the ATM every time you run out of funds. Payment is debited from your bank account automatically.


  • A scan of the first page of your international passport;
  • A student ID card or another document confirming the purpose of your stay in France (for example, employment contract);
  • Documents confirming your address in France;
  • Your banking details in France.


The price of the service is 200 euros.