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Author: Addie

Location: York

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:43 pm    Post subject:  

johnthompson wrote:
Vodafone are partners with SFR but do not have a link through using a Vodafone password. I have been complaining to them for 2 years over this.

BT Fon subscribers I believe can enter their FON password into SFR and get connection. That is the way I read the SFR opening screen.

We don't have a landline, being full timers, but use Vodafone for phone and data. 9.99 per day at 25mb data use limit while roaming.

We tried to obtain a French dongle when we were over and were told that even for PAYG you had to have a French residence and a French bank account. Visa was not acceptable.

John


There is no 'payment' options on either hotspot and BT FON credentials don't work for either unfortunately.

Author: Addie

Location: York

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:02 pm    Post subject:  

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Claims to automatically log you in to SFR and FREE networks once you've made a payment for the software. Sounds dubious to me given the payment options given and something I personally won't be pursuing so proceed with caution.

Author: subfiver

Location: Lancashire or France or Morocco or....

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:05 pm    Post subject:  SFR WiFi

We have an SFR 3g Dongle, 2Gb/month on 3g unlimited wifi access via SFR hotspots. It's a 2 year deal, 22/month. Even if we don't get any SFR wifi in a month we struggle to use all 2Gb. This is used on a boat on French inland waterways (which is what we do all summer) where we can only usually "see" SFR hotspots in towns and cities.

You need the dongle in the laptop to access wifi; it's the dongle that does the network authentication. It is possible to access the SFR wifi hotspots with a username & password for authentication but these are only issued to SFR broadband/ADSL customers.

The SFR 3g dongle has been a success for us this year.

Cheers 'n' Beers
Nigel Crompton

PS: Errrr... just remembered that you need a French bank account to take out a contract. French address is required as well, but the Elysee Palace will do as nowt's ever sent to it ....

Author: Morphology PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject:  Re: France Wifi: SFR Wifi Public / Free.Fr

Addie wrote:
I'm starting to sympathise with the French traveller


Ha! Welcome to France.

Although FON is partnered with SFR, you have to find SSIDs with FON in their name - and good luck with that, as I have yet to find any.

SFR's broadband subscribers can join Fon for free activating the Fon feature of their neufbox 4, 5 or 6 (earlier ones not supported). I can only assume that few, if any, have bothered to do so.

I'm puzzled by @Grizzly's assertion that he can always get a code for free local wi fi on village Aires. Where do you go to get these codes?

What is annoying is that there's no pay-as-you-go option with SFR or FREE.FR. I'd happily spend a few euros for a pass.

Morph

Author: eurajohn

Location: Mayenne France

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:24 pm    Post subject:  

Morphology, there is a PAYG option for SFR, problem for non residents is that you will need a French address to register it to and it will not be "a few euros" to use.
Living in France has many advantages but as with everything in life there are downsides and mobile phone / internet access is one of them (along with bureaucracy paperwork etc.etc.)

Author: Grizzly

Location: Oxfordshire

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:49 pm    Post subject:  Re: France Wifi: SFR Wifi Public / Free.Fr

[quote="Morphology"]

I'm puzzled by @Grizzly's assertion that he can always get a code for free local wi fi on village Aires. Where do you go to get these codes?

[/quote ]

I'm writing only as a visitor, not a resident wanting more permanent access.

When you arrive on the aire or park in the village use your device to find the local wifi. This will usually be locked -I use a kindle so it shows a small padlock icon next to the name. Go to the local maire, campsite, supermarket, office de tourisme or anything else offical-ish and they will give you the access code. Type that in the appropriate box and you can use the wifi as if you were using your home one.

We have usually been asked for our home address and name and been told that this was an official requirement but others on here state that this is not so and they have been given the password without any need to identify themselves.

G (Mrs by the way- not Mr!)

Author: Addie

Location: York

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject:  Re: France Wifi: SFR Wifi Public / Free.Fr

[quote="Grizzly"]
Morphology wrote:


I'm puzzled by @Grizzly's assertion that he can always get a code for free local wi fi on village Aires. Where do you go to get these codes?

[/quote ]

I'm writing only as a visitor, not a resident wanting more permanent access.

When you arrive on the aire or park in the village use your device to find the local wifi. This will usually be locked -I use a kindle so it shows a small padlock icon next to the name. Go to the local maire, campsite, supermarket, office de tourisme or anything else offical-ish and they will give you the access code. Type that in the appropriate box and you can use the wifi as if you were using your home one.

We have usually been asked for our home address and name and been told that this was an official requirement but others on here state that this is not so and they have been given the password without any need to identify themselves.

G (Mrs by the way- not Mr!)


What is your success rate using this method (of X numbers of days away)? It certainly won't be a Free.fr or SFR network.

What is the SSID (network name) you see before you go walk about asking for passwords? We didn't see any networks that fit this description in any of the places we stayed - that's not to say they don't exist elsewhere.

There is often Wifi available free at Supermarkets, Tourist Offices and so forth but for a Kindle to pick it up from inside your van, in an aire potentially out of the town centre sounds very strange and not something I've ever come across.

Author: raynipper

Location: Normandy. Just up the D903 from the roundabout with the D15

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:20 pm    Post subject:  

As an sfr client they presented me with a 3G dongle for being a loyal customer. As yet I have never managed to get it to work other than in major cities sfr shop. It used all the 16 credit I put on it looking for service. Damn thing is in the drawer now.

But there are some other benefits of being an sfr client. As Adie says lots of Wi-Fi signals, a free mobile SIM and they retain my AOL address.

Ray.

Author: AndrewandShirley

Location: On a European Tour

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:45 pm    Post subject:  

We are in France for up to 4 months a year and nearly always manged to get free wi-fi either on Aires, Supermarkets, Mac's or though the Tourist Info.

Ok most are slow but its OK for a quick email check.

We just look for an unsecured network and use that.

Author: Morphology PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:01 am    Post subject:  Re: France Wifi: SFR Wifi Public / Free.Fr

Grizzly wrote:
G (Mrs by the way- not Mr!)


Whoops. Very sorry.

Morph (Mr!)



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