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buying sim card at CDG

We have unlocked iphones and will buy a 30 day Sim card for Europe when we arrive at CDG. Does anyone have experience doing this and if so, where should we go in the airport?
Thanks!

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You can purchase a SIM anywhere, at a convenience store (Relay is at the airport), tabac, electronics store (FNAC, Darty, Boulanger), or a big box outlet (Auchan, Carrefour, Leclerc, Giant). Orange has a booth selling SIMs/service at customs if you arrive in terminal 1, not sure about the terminal 2 options.

If you already have an unlocked GSM phone, all the options work.

How long the service will last or what type of data/talk time you have is a different matter. All the major operators; FREE, Orange, Bouygues, SFR, or one of the variants offer prepaid plans. These offers change constantly, but they are available. Just be sure you are not signing up for a 1 year commitment.

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If you have a newer iPhone you can buy an eSim. Orange sells esims online:
https://travel.orange.com/en/offers/france/

Orange has 14 day and 28 day plans. You can top them up online (physical sim cards too) to add validity.

There are some less expensive esims around but I am not sure which network they use (I have a French plan so have not tried). Airalo has a 30 day sim card with 5 gb for $15, 10 gb for 23, 20 for 36.

You can see if your iphone supports esims by going to Settings>Cellular and looking for the esim section and "Add eSIM". Also check your carrier doesn't have your phone locked under Settings>General>About>Carrier locks > No SIM restrictions.

Otherwise, buy an Orange holiday sim at the airport. Orange has a boutique in the airport that I remember seeing a couple months ago but they also sell them in the Relay stores, saw an ad for it when I landed a week ago. Look for the "Buy here, orange holiday tourist sim card" signs. They have better service than some of the other prepaid sims you find in stores.

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Thank you both. Orange seems to have 28 day plans, and as we will be in Europe for 30 days, we may need to go with Bouygues, who have 30- day plans. We will be in France, Spain and the UK.