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2GB of 4G speed data - lasts for 30 days from the date you specify!

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Deluxe Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • Includes 250 minutes of local calls or 125 minutes of international calls
  • Unlimited free incoming calls
  • Includes 1GB of 4G LTE data (when renting a Deluxe or iPhone)
  • Extensive nationwide coverage
  • Includes a Chinese number with an optional US number add-on
  • Add on additional call credit and/or data
Rental Rates*
1-14 Days 3 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
$8.00 a day $120.00 $135.00 $150.00 $165.00
*3 day minimum

*PLUS the price of (1) recharge voucher for initial talk credit ($29.00). This credit is necessary for your service to work - it will be in your cart when you check out. This gives you 250 international or domestic minutes.


China Cell Phone Rental

Cellular Abroad's China Cell Phone Rental is a great value for anyone visiting China and is a small fraction of what you would pay roaming with your current carrier and with better service, better coverage and more options. Coverage is on China Unicom, China's largest 4G network. You will get a Chinese cell phone number with the option of adding on a US phone number with allows you to forward you current number to if needed. Business travelers in particular appreciate the option of being able to be reached in China with their usual number. The rental comes with 250 minutes of calling within China or 125 to the US or a combination of the two. Plus, all incoming calls are free. The service also includes 1GB of data with 4G speeds. You can add more bundles of talk time and/or data if necessary. With all these great features, it is easy to understand why Cellular Abroad's cell phone rentals for China are one of our most popular solutions with thousands being rented out per year.

Please note that in order to have mobile data, you must rent a Deluxe phone or an iPhone.

Key Features

A China pre-paid SIM card with Chinese phone number plus optional US number add-on

Includes 250 minutes within China or 125 to the US or a combination

Free incoming calls/texts

Free incoming texts worldwide

1GB of highspeed data (4G/LTE) if you rent a smartphone

Add a US number option

Add additional call or data credit

Extensive coverage

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Ordering a Rental Phone is easy. Select the phone and time period, starting from the day you depart until the day you return. Add at least one call credit voucher. If you want a US phone number, add the optional US Number Add on. You can order online or speak to one of our expert advisors at 1-800-287-5072 and they can place the order for you. Time permitting, we deliver the Phone Rental 2 business days prior to you departure using UPS or FedEx. We can deliver the following day (except Sunday) for those with immediate departures


You will receive a fully charged Rental Phone, complete with the call credit that you ordered, a local Shanghai and US phone number (if ordered) a convenient travel pouch and international chargers and plug adapters and simple instructions. If you have any questions, please call us or email us.


Your Phone Rental is ready to go. When you arrive at your overseas destination, simply turn it on and wait for your phone to display the China Mobile network. Once you have a network you are ready to make and receive calls.

Returning your Rental Phone

We will send you a prepaid return label with your package. Please retain it and, upon return from your trip, drop off the package (as per instructions) within 2 business days from the last day of your rental period. Cellular Abroad will charge late fees if the return shipping date is later than 2 business days from the last day of your rental period. For more information, see Cellular Abroad's full Terms & Conditions. For more information, see Cellular Abroad's full Terms & Conditions.

Important FAQs for Rentals

  • When do I order?
    You can order as far in advance as you like - even months prior to your departure. We will ship your rental at the appropriate date in order for you to receive it prior to your departure. Rentals are shipped ground or express service and will arrive 2 business days prior to your set departure date.
  • How many minutes do I have?
    Along with your rental you are purchasing an initial $27 credit voucher which will start you off with about 250 minutes of calls to the US and locally within China. Additional vouchers may be purchased from Cellular Abroad or from many retailers throughout China.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $27 for initial talk-time voucher (1 per phone).
    • Round-trip shipping and handling fee (see below).
  • How much is shipping?
    If you order at least 2 weeks in advance, round-trip Ground shipping is only $12.88. If you are leaving soon, we offer round-trip 2-day Express for $29.96, or Overnight Express for $39.96. Rentals will arrive 2 business days prior to your set departure date.
  • What is the latest I can order a rental phone?
    You can order up to one business day prior to your departure as long as you call in before to 1:30pm Pacific Time. Exceptions can be made on a limited basis, even if you are leaving early in the morning - we can usually get your phone to you. Please call our 800 number (rather than order via the web) in order to confirm that we can get you a phone rental on time.
  • When do I get the phone?
    You will receive your cell phone rental two days prior to your departure, unless you require next day delivery.
  • Does the cell phone come charged?
    Yes it does, but itís always best to test the battery and charge phone before your departure.
  • Can I charge this phone on my trip?
    Yes, you will receive an international charger and relevant plug adapters, so you can charge the phone in the U.S. or at your destination.
  • Can I retrieve my voice messages in China or Hong Kong?
    There is no VM at this point.
  • Does the US number add on also work in Hong Kong?
    It doesn't as we can only forward it to your China number.
  • How do I return the phone?
    Round trip shipping is included in your shipping fee. You will be provided with a return sticker label, which you can put on the box the phone arrived in, or your own box. If using your own box please do not use an extremely oversized box. (Canadian rental customers click here)
  • What happens if I cancel?
    If your rental has not shipped, you will only be charged a 5% reserve fee. If your rental has been sent out, you are responsible for the one week rental fee plus the shipping fee.
  • Are there any surcharges or hidden fees?
    Unless you are roaming outside of the country or countries for which your service is offered, the rates are fixed according to our posted rate chart and coverage areas. All rental customers are subject to our Terms & Conditions.
  • What will the rates be for people calling me from the US?
    That depends on the international long distance rates charged by their Long Distance Company or international calling card.
  • Does Cellular Abroad offer insurance against loss or damage?
    Yes, rental insurance is available for $19.50 as an add-on once you add your item to the cart. See what is covered here.

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