|Tips On Buying versus Renting a GSM Cell Phone
For many travelers, it is more beneficial to purchase rather than Rent GSM Cell Phones. Please read this brief guide so you may make an informed decision.
If you rent a cellphone from Cellular Abroad, you will receive a GSM phone that is charged and ready to go once you insert a prepaid SIM card for the country or countries of your choice. Renting a cell phone is advised for those who are traveling overseas for only one or two weeks and will most likely never need an international cell phone again or do not use or want a domestic cellphone that can be used worldwide.
If you are with a carrier that currently uses GSM, such as Cingular, T-Mobile and in many places, AT&T, you can have the convenience and savings of traveling worldwide with one cell phone and therefore you may find it convenient to purchase a triband GSM phone. Simply swap out your US SIM card for domestic use from your current phone that one of the above mentioned companies provides you and slip it into your new phone. Once overseas, slip out your US (or Canadian) SIM card and insert one of our country specific SIM cards depending on the country or countries of your destination - it's that easy. You may also purchase an international prepaid SIM card if you are planning on going to several countries. Please note that while the above mentioned carriers may offer tri-band phones for international use, these phones are "locked" meaning that the phone will not accept any other SIM card than the one they provide, thus locking you into their expensive roaming rates.
Even if you do not currently have a domestic cell phone or do but either it is not GSM or you are content with utilizing one phone domestically and another phone internationally, you may still find it convenient and cost effective to purchase rather than rent a GSM phone. Prices have dropped significantly and you will find that you will spend about the same buying a phone as you would renting a phone for just 2 or 3 trips. If you decide to purchase you will get a brand new phone that is yours to keep and won't require you to go through the steps of sending it back after your trip nor having to go through the steps of re-renting a phone for your next trip. We find that approximately 80% of our customers purchase rather than rent a cell phone.
We do however offer either solution and are happy to accommodate you whatever your needs may be.