Need A Phone While in France?

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Data Plan

If you are renting the Smartphone or the iPhone4, you will probably want to add the 3G data plan to your rental. The data plan offers a generous 5GB of data (or 30 days, whichever comes first) which is more than enough for the vast majority of all travelers. Having a mobile data enabled phone is a great way to make the most out of your trip. Use Google Maps to see where you are and how to get to where you need to go. Find out if the bistro you want to go to has positive reviews and upload pictures and videos to Facebook or simply browse the web and check your emails. Simply add the data plan to your cart or mention that you want to add a data plan to your rental if speaking to a customer service representative.

Choose A Phone

Selected Package Info
Smartphone Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • Unlimited calls in France
  • Unlimited SMS in France
  • Unlimited incoming calls/text
  • 5GB of data bundle for $49
    (optional add on)
  • Add a US number in addition to
    a French number (optional feature)
  • Just $0.24 per minute to the USA/Canada
Rental Rates*
1 week 2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
$48.95 $83.95 $99.95 $129.95 $149.95

*PLUS the price of (1) recharge voucher for initial talk credit ($24.00). Up to 110 minutes to the USA or Canada or 60 int. texts to the US or Canada.


Cell Phone Rentals for France

We offer several cell phone rental options for France, all of them featuring unlimited calls and text messaging within France plus incredibly low call rates to the US and Canada for 30 days (more available). For travelers who need data in order to check emails, use apps such as Google Maps or Google Translate, find reviews about a restaurant or café or just browse the web, we recommend renting either the Samsung Smartphone Rental or the iPhone4 and adding the data plan. To add the data package to your rental is just $49. The plan offers 5GB of data at 3G speeds. If you only need to make and receive calls, we recommend the Basic Rental. The Basic Rental is easy to use, compact and perfect for texting and calling but does not offer internet capabilities. If you need a data enabled phone, please select the Deluxe Rental or the iPhone Rental and then add the data bundle during check out. Please note that your cell phone rental will include one recharge voucher. This will enable you to call the US or Canada for 100 minutes. You can add as many blocks of 100 minutes of international calls as you need but you need at least one to start.

US Add-on

All phones come with a French number, which makes it convenient for the French locals to call you, it is less convenient for your contacts to reach you from North America. The US number add-on, available during check out, adds a US based phone number to your SIM card. You will still also retain your French phone number. This feature is available for $19 and offers 6 hours of incoming calls to a US number. Each additional bundle is $19. You can also forward your current number to the new US number allowing your contacts to call you on your usual phone number. The US number add-on is an exceptional value and eliminates the need for anyone to pay expensive roaming fees that North American providers charge for using their services abroad.

Data Add-on

Having access to data on your device is a great way to conveniently check your emails, send pictures of your trip and utilize useful trip planning tools such as Google Maps, Google Translate or Skyping back home and of course browse the web. Free wifi is seldom available in France and is never a secure way to access the internet. For just $49, you get 5GB of data at 3G speeds for up to 30 days. This is plenty of data for the vast majority of travelers and just a fraction of what most carriers charge for their France data plans. Please note that you will need to rent the Deluxe Android or the iPhone in order to access data.

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For The France Compare To Your Current Carrier?
  Cellular Abroad AT&T* Verizon* Sprint* T-Mobile*
Incoming Free $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
Outgoing Local Free $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
Calls to N. America $0.24 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
5 GB Data (3G) 49 $750 $1250 $7,065 N/A**
* AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile’s rates exclude tax which is approximately 20% of the value. In addition, our solution is not a roaming solution and therefore is more reliable and faster.

**T-Mobile does not offer 3G speeds in France.

Our Rental Services

Our cell phone rentals include a French SIM card, plug adapters and chargers as well as a return shipping label. The service is prepaid so you know exactly what you are paying. We also offer an optional insurance policy for your phone in the event that it becomes damaged or stolen. Since 2002, we have had over 200,000 customers and we can safely say that we know what we are doing.


Ordering a rental phone for France is easy. Select the phone you want and the rental period. Add any additional plans or options you need. Please note that if your service exceeds 30 days you will need to order two additional recharge vouchers in order to retain your service. 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 a convenient travel pouch and international chargers and plug adapters and simple instructions including activation instructions. If you have any questions, please call us or email us.

Go to France

Your Phone Rental is ready to go. When you arrive in France, send a text message to activate your service and you are ready to go.

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.

Call Rates and Features

  • A French number w/ optional US phone number
  • Unlimited incoming calls
  • Unlimited calls/texts within France
  • International calls to U.S. & Canada are just $0.24 per minute
  • 5GB of data just $49 (optional feature)
  • Add more international minutes by purchasing a recharge voucher from Cellular Abroad

Included in your France Cell Phone Rental:

  • A rental handset, with a battery, fully charged and ready to go
  • A vinyl travel pouch
  • Protective cell phone case
  • A pre-paid France rental SIM with a local phone number
  • International plug adapter for France
  • International 110-220 variable-voltage charger
  • Return ship label (from within US, Canadian customers please click here). We encourage you to return in the original box

If you receive your cellular rental missing any of the listed items, please contact us immediately.

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 unlimited outgoing calls and texts to French numbers and unlimited incoming calls from anywhere. You also get 100 minutes to the US/ Canada. You can add as much credit you want for international calls.
  • How much mobile data do I get?
    In short, a lot. While it is difficult to estimate exactly what you can do with 5GB of data, we recommend looking at what you currently use in the US or Canada to see what your typical usage is. Chances are, you will use more data in France for apps such as Google translate or maps.
  • Do I need a data plan for texting?
    You don't need a data plan for text messages. However, if you are texting to the United States or Canada, please note that each voucher that you purchase will give you approximately 60 international text messages. We recommend using an app such as iMessage or Whatsapp for messaging. Please not that you do need a data plan to use these or similar apps.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period plus one voucher
    • Additional vouchers or optional add-ons (data/voice package or US add on)
    • 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 it's 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.
  • 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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