Paris WiFi is a free internet service offered by the Ville de Paris and the Île-de-France region. It provides users with free access to a high-speed wireless internet connection. The network is open to all, residents and visitors alike.
Free WiFi in Paris is available to everyone in over 260 public places. Parks,
gardens, district town halls, libraries and museums in the city all have this facility.
This service is free
Remember: each free WiFi in Paris session lasts two hours. Once this time expires you can reconnect as soon as you like. Just repeat the connection process described above.
The free WiFi in Paris network is accessible during the opening hours of all municipal facilities with a connection point. So, that's Paris sorted. But what about the rest of the country?
It is only a few years since the introduction of WiFi (Wee-Fee) into Paris hotels was a vital USP. It was something to draw attention to.
Now, free WiFI in France is just about everywhere. Almost all hotels provide free WiFi at some
centralised point, such as a lounge, if not in all the rooms, which is
increasingly becoming the norm. And, usually, it's free, although a few places
do make a nominal charge.
But if you can't get free WiFi in France where you're staying, then you have a number of other options: the ubiquitous McDonald's (McDo, as the French delight in calling it), with over 800 outlets in France, and Starbucks notably in Paris and a few other cities.
Two other fast-food outlets that provide WiFi are Quick,
which has more than 500 outlets, and the new kid on the block 'flunch', a fast
casual restaurant change generally confined to shopping centres and autoroute
service areas. Elsewhere, there are numerous connections to WiFi, but many
are password protected; so, you'll need to ask if it's possible to connect.
Almost the whole of France is, however, covered by 4G or 3G. So, if your mobile phone is enabled to accept 4G/3G connections, then this is a good way to connect to the internet without incurring roaming charges. Be sure to turn off Data Roaming on your device.
If your device is not 4G/3G enabled, then you might consider getting your own Travel WiFi hotspot device (www.travel-wifi.com). A Travel Wifi mobile hotspot is a small wireless modem that connects any Wi-Fi enabled device to 3G/4G Internet, with a fast and secure connection.
For instance, you
can connect your laptop, your tablet or your smartphone to Internet while
you're in France, thus saving you a lot of money in data roaming. It comes
pre-configured, and doesn't require any installation.