Cellular and Data Plans for Europe

If your travel plans include traveling to one or more European destination and your current carrier, whether it be with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or others, either is too expensive to use or doesn't have the right solution, we can help you out. Since 2002 Cellular Abroad has helped over 300,000 save money on cellular service while traveling abroad. We offer a variety of options for the traveler and since all of our solutions are prepaid, you will know up front exactly what you are paying.

If you already own unlocked cell phone, you can purchase the National Geographic Travel SIM in order to receive low data, text and calling rates all over Europe. The National Geographic Travel SIM offers one flat low rate in the EU for calling, texting and mobile data. As an added benefit, this international SIM card works in almost every other country worldwide. In addition, using this service as opposed to roaming with your current cellular provider gives you the option of either keeping your current number (not necessarily a plus for travelers wanting to get away from it all) or getting a new number. Along with a US number, this SIM card also features a European phone number. Having a European number makes it affordable for your European friends and family to reach you.

We also rent phones for Europe. For those who do not have unlocked phones or simply do not want to fiddle with inserting a SIM card into your phone, we offer several rental options. We also offer the National Geographic Travel Phone, an affordable, easy to use phone that works all over Europe and almost anywhere else worldwide. Since we understand that you may want more phone options, we offer several other handsets available for purchase. All of our cell phones for Europe are equipped with the Nat Geo SIM Card and initial starter credit plus international chargers and adapters.

If you only need to a data solution, our data only SIM card is the perfect solution for travelers with unlocked phones or unlocked tablets.

Last, but certainly not least, we offer a mobile Wi Fi hotspot that works seamlessly throughout Europe. A mobile hotspot is a portable device that creates a Wi Fi signal that goes wherever you go and works whenever you need Wi Fi. In addition, you can connect with multiple devices such as tablets, smartphones and computers. Our European mobile hotspot rental is easily one of our more popular products.

Calling Home

Whether you purchase a stand alone SIM card, rent a cell phone or purchase one of our European cell phone packages, the rates are always the same. Rates to call back home are 24 cents per minute anywhere in the European Community. Incoming calls are free on the European cell phone number and 24 cents per minute on the US number. Since the service has two phone numbers, US and a European number, you can decide which one to use. Typically, callers from the US/Canada will call on the US number and callers from Europe will call you on the European number. Having said that, you give people from the US and Canada your European number in order to receive free incoming calls. Keep in mind that they will be charged whatever their carrier rates are in order to call you.

Can I get mobile data?

If you only need data, we recommend that you purchase the European Data SIM card. The data SIM card does not have voice capabilities unless you use an app such as Skype or Whatsapp. We recommend doing this as this is the least expensive way to make a call. Alternatively, if you rent a phone or purchase the Talk Abroad stand alone SIM card, you will have data capabilities as well as regular voice dialing but the data rates are significantly more expensive than with a data only SIM card.

Keeping my US/Canadian number

You can keep your usual cell phone number by forwarding it to the new US number that we will provide you. Keep in mind that any and all calls will be routed to you which may not be what you want while on vacation. Typically, business travelers who absolutely need to keep in touch while abroad will forward their calls.

Is there a contract?

In a word, no. All of our services are pay as you go. The advantage of this is that you know exactly what you are paying and will never receive a surprise bill.

Using my iPad

If your iPad or other tablet has a slot for a SIM card, you can simply purchase a data SIM card for Europe and put it into your device. However, most tablets do not have a SIM card slot and work only with a Wi Fi signal. In this case, you can rent a Mi Fi Hotspot. What is a Mi Fi Hotspot? Good question. A Mi Fi Hotspot is a compact, portable device that transmits a personal hotspot that you can use to connect anywhere that there is a 3G or 4G signal. You can also connect multiple devices.

Using my laptop

In order to have data for your laptop, outside of using a Wi Fi hotspot in a hotel or café', we recommend renting a Mi Fi Hotspot. A Mi Fi hotspot will give you a secure personal hotspot virtually anywhere you go in Europe.

Can I just get a SIM card?

As long as your device is unlocked, you can just put a stand alone SIM card in it. With the exception of Verizon, most carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.) "lock" their devices so that they only work with their SIM cards. Carriers have different policies regarding unlocking your phone so please check with your carrier to find out if your phone is and/or can be unlocked.

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