Need A Phone While in France?

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Data Plan

If you are renting the Smartphone or the iPhone4, you have the option of adding on 3GB of 3G speed data and unlimited local calling and texting good over 30 days. You must add this plan if you need data and/or unlimited calling and texts within France. 3GB of data 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. You no longer have to rely on free WiFi which is seldom available in France and is never a safe way to connect to the internet under any circumstance.

Choose A Phone

Selected Package Info
Smartphone Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • 200 initial outgoing calls to US/Canada or Canada
  • Unlimited incoming calls/text
  • Add-on 3GB of 3G data and unlimited local calling and texting $69
  • Local French number
  • Get a US number (optional feature)
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). This gives you 200 minutes of calls in France/USA/Canada or 60 int. texts to the USA or Canada. It will be in your cart upon checkout.


Cell Phone Rentals for France

We offer several cell phone rental options for France, all of them with 200 minutes or 60 int. texts back to the US and Canada for 30 days. For travelers who need a great local calling plan and 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, you must rent either the Samsung Smartphone or the iPhone 4 as the Standard Rental does not have data capabilities. You can add on 3GB of 3G speed data and unlimited local calling and texting for $69, good over 30 days. 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. If you currently own an iPhone, we recommend renting the iPhone as you are already familiar with the interface. If you own an Android phone, we recommend renting the Android as, again, you are already accustomed to using Android phones. Please note that your cell phone rental will include one recharge voucher. This is what gives you the actual credit in order to make and receive phone calls, text message. If you need more call credit to make international calls, you can add that in the shopping cart. As all calls and texts are unlimited within France, there is no option to add more call credit for local calls.

US Add-on

All phones come with a French number, which, although it makes it convenient for the French locals to call you, it is less convenient and more expensive for your friends and family in North America to call you. The US number add-on, available during check out, adds a US based phone number to your rental phone. Please note that you will still retain your French phone number - you will just have two phone numbers on your phone. The US number feature is available for $19 and offers 6 hours of incoming calls to a US number. Each additional 6 hour 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.


Your cell phone rental offers a 3GB add-on with 3G speed and unlimited local calling and texting for $69 good for 30 days from your arrival in France. 3GB of data is typically more than enough data for travelers who want to check emails, browse the web and do Skype or Google Maps.

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For 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 200 minutes $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
Calls to N. America $0.22 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
3GB Data(3G) $69 $150 $250 $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.

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?
    You get 200 minutes to the US/ Canada or 60 int. text message. You can add as much credit you want for international calls. $24 for additional 200 minute bundles. You can also get and unlimited local calling and texting for $69. Please note that the unlimited calls give service for 30 days from your arrival. You will need to add an additional 30 days of service with your rental if your rental period is longer than 30 days. Please call Cellular Abroad for more information.
  • 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.