a VirtualTourist member from Singapore asked on Apr 4, 2016
Is there free public wifi in Paris Metro Stations?
Generally not, but depending on your provider, there is usually 3G connection available. I am with Orange and get on the internet in most stations.
So it is not free! You have to pay Orange - or SFR or Free Bouyges or whatever....(Well, I think that covers it).
There are at least 296 free wifi stations all over Paris. You will have no problem connecting. Here is a map and you can also click for a list with addresses. [original link]
Most hotels also have free wifi. We've never had a problem finding it. If it's a nice day, go to a park; much nicer than a Metro station . . . ;^)
Interesting. Do those stations really work?
Quite a development. However, given the proclivity of certain ne'er do wells to snatch phone, and I imagine tablets etc, when they are in public use, isn't that a bit risky?
We took my tablet to the Tuileries and used it. There were a lot people using laptops and phones there. Most of the parks have people sitting around using laptops. No one bothered us and no one else seemed worried. I wouldn't leave my laptop sitting on a bench while I got a coffee but otherwise wouldn't worry about it.
But there is a lot of grabbing....vigilance is important....Just because nothing happened once does not mean anything....Maybe there is good security there too....I would be cautious....
Sensible people are always cautious . . . ;^)
Is there anyone left in the developed world who cannot bear not to be on line 24/7?
I also wonder, with everyone demanding and getting 'free' wifi everywhere they go, whether there is any long term future for the 3G and 4G network service providers. What's the point of paying for a SIM if you can use someone else's wifi?
Seriously, there are physical limits to what can be provided and if 100 people are trying to get on line at the same time in the same place, eg at a metro station or on a train, many will not succeed. Don't expect perfection.
We use wifi, but we also have a SIM for French phone calls and we certainly aren't online 24/7 nor is anyone else we know. Getting information quickly is nice because then you are free to go do things knowing they will be open and how much they cost . . . and even how to get there. There is good and bad in everything. ;^)
Thank you for all your feed backs and answers. The reason I am asking about free WIFI in Paris Metro Station is because my girlfriend and I are flying to Paris in different airport (CDG and BVA airport) at different timing (9am and 3pm respectively). Therefore I feel that it is important for me to find a rendezvous point with WIFI so that we can meet-up without any hiccups.
That makes sense but it might be simpler just to arrange a meeting point ahead of time! :)
For people answering this question, it is important to know the poster is not actually in Paris. They will be meeting at or near the RER E station in Rosny-sous-Bois which is a suburb on the east side of Paris. The postal code there is 93110 so it's not covered by the city of Paris free web sites. Thank you for any help you can give him.