We highly recommend that students buy cell phones in France. They are fairly inexpensive and cost of calls is much cheaper. If you bring a phone from the United States, you will usually be charged a roaming fee for all calls. You must also purchase a mobicarte, a phone card containing a certain number of minutes (i.e. 20, 40, 50, 100). The phone is charged using the code on the card. Some French companies allow students to purchase a monthly plan which is cheaper than using a mobicarte. JYF staff will advise students upon arrival about the various plans.