I am from India. i will be moving to France in September for about 3 years for PhD. I need to buy a new phone anyways.

Should I go to France and buy a new phone there since SIM card of France won't work in mobile phones of Samsung, Sony or Moto or I can buy any phone I want and SIM cards that are made are of standard sizes internationally?

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    Since this is about a long-term stay, it should be on Expatriates.SE. – fkraiem Jul 1 '15 at 6:01
  • SIM cards are standard and it's possible to use a GSM phone from abroad in France (provided it supports the right standard and frequencies and is unlocked) but there are a couple of other factors to take into account. (1) If you buy a phone just before leaving, you are liable to pay VAT on it when moving to France. (2) If you intend to take a monthly plan (as opposed to pay-as-you-go or other flexible options) and commit for a year or two, you can get heavy discount on the price of the phone. So it would seem much simpler to obtain your new phone in France. – Relaxed Jul 1 '15 at 6:52
  • Flagged for migration to Expats. – JoErNanO Jul 1 '15 at 10:27

SIM cards are an international standard. France uses the GSM network. Therefore, all you will need is a GSM headset that work on 800/900/1800/2100/2600 frequencies and is unlocked and you can use it in France.

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