Being on Bouygues Telecom's prepaid means real 4G/LTE with my iPad Air 2.
The experience is quick and responsive. Running the Gmail application, the Chrome browser or Safari yields rapid page loading. Services like Spotify sound great, and having 4G on the iPad sure comes in handy when hotel broadband slows down. I've even tethered the Mac to the iPad once or twice just to get past a slowdown.
Of the three major Mobile operators in France, only Bouygues offers prepaid users 4G. Having now used Bouygues 4G service on my iPhone and iPad I'm happy with it, but also have no complaints with my trials of Orange or SFR as well.
For what it's worth while my T-Mobile SIMs work for free data services here, the looping back when roaming creates a very painful surfing and mapping experience. Not being localized slows down things, and when given how important maps are to those traveling, all it took was one missed exit or turn to make me realize that "going local" is very important. The net net was I could survive a day or so using T-Mobile, but once the shops opened, getting local SIMs changed the experience from tourist to local, sped up my workflow and gave me a "feels like home" experience for real.
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