Need A Phone While in France?

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Data Plan

If you are renting the Smartphone or the iPhone4, you probably will want to add the data plan to your rental. The data plan offers a generous 5GB of data which is more than enough for the vast majority of all travelers. Having a data enabled phone is the ideal 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.

In addition and as an added bonus, you will also be able to make unlimited calls to French phone numbers plus send and receive unlimited text messages to French cell phones.

Choose A Phone

Selected Package Info
Smartphone Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • Just €0.09 per minute to the US or Canada
  • Just €0.15 per minute within France
  • Free incoming calls and texts
  • Optional data/int’l call bundle – just $69 for 5GB of data
  • Add a US number in addition to a French number (optional feature)
  • Free Lebara to Lebara calling (Lebara is the carrier)
  • Easy to use pay as you go service
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 minutes to French cell phones or landlines.


Cell Phone Rentals for France

We offer several cell phone rental options for France, all of them featuring incredibly low call and data rates. If you only need to make and receive calls, our basic rental phone is the perfect choice. The basic rental is easy to use and has great reception and a long battery life. For travelers who want to take advantage of the exceptionally low data rates so they can 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 either the Samsung Smartphone Rental or the iPhone4 Rental. Free wifi is seldom available in France and never secure. If you need Skype, only the iPhone4 Rental allows you to Skype. Together with the rental, at least one recharge voucher of credit will need to be added. The initial voucher gives you up to 110 minutes of outgoing calls to the US or Canada or 60 minutes within France or a combination thereof. If someone else is renting a France cell phone from Cellular Abroad, all calls to each other are always free. In addition, we offer two valuable add-ons that are extremely popular with our customers.

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, upload and send pictures of your trip and utilize useful trip planning tools such as Google Maps, Google Translate or Skyping back home. Free wifi is seldom available in France and is never secure. For just $69, you get 5GB of data at 3G speeds for up to 30 days. This is plenty of data for the vast majority of travelers. In addition and as an added bonus, the data add-on will also give you unlimited calls to French phone numbers as well as unlimited text messaging to French cell phones.

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 $0.12 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
Calls to N. America $0.12 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
5 GB Data (3G) $69 $450 $750 $7,065 N/A**
* AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-MobileÂ’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

Your phone will also be equipped with a SIM card for France and is ready to go. The card is linked to a prepaid account so that you will never receive a phone bill and will always be in complete control of your expenditures. If you have depleted your credit you can still receive incoming calls from anywhere in the world since they are free. Note: There is no initial talk time credit with the rental fee. At least one voucher must be ordered together with your cell phone rental.

Information and Talk Rates Chart
Key Features Initial Credit Domestic Talk Rates International Talk Rates Text / SMS Rates Data/Voice Bundle
  • French number w/ optional US number.
  • Free incoming calls.
  • Great call and data rates.
  • Great coverage.
  • 110 min USA/Canada
  • or
  • 60 min w/in France
  • €0.15 outgoing to land lines.
  • €0.15 outgoing to cell phones.
  • (plus €0.15 connection
    fee per call).
  • Free calls and texts Lebara to Lebara.
  • Free incoming.
  • €0.09 outgoing to U.S. & Canada
  • (plus €0.15 connection fee per call)
  • Free incoming.
  • €0.15 Domestic outgoing.
  • €0.15 International outgoing
  • $69 for 5GB

You also get:

  • A French number w/ FREE incoming calls from anywhere in the world!
  • Domestic outgoing rates (calls in France): Calls to non-Lebara cell customers and to landlines are €0.15/min.
  • NEW! First 10 minutes FREE (Lebara to Lebara)
  • International calls to U.S. & Canada are €0.08/min. There is a €0.15 connection fee per call.
  • 250 MB Data plan for only 4.90 Euros! – Deluxe rentals only
  • Calls to your voicemail are €0.15/min
  • Add more minutes by purchasing a recharge voucher via Cellular Abroad's recharge hotline or from tobacco shops and magazine kiosks within France.
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges, daily minimum charges, minimum minutes per call charges or credit checks
  • Coverage throughout Paris, Angers, Bordeaux, Brest, Calais, Cannes, Dijon, Grenoble, Le Havre, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Reims, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulon, Toulouse, AND more on the Bouygues network (click for coverage map)
  • From a landline, (NOT from payphones, mobile phones, and majority of hotels) Cellular Abroad can be reached 8am to 4pm PST, 7 days a week with English customer support and recharge services by dialing this number: 00-800-3623-3333. From a cell: (310)862-7100 or you can email us at

Please visit our France Pre-Paid SIM Card page for further information including exact rates.

Our Rental Packages
Our Country Specific rental packages include the rental of an unlocked GSM Tri-Band Phone and the purchase of a SIM card specific to your destination country. There are two phone rental packages available: The standard rental package features an unlocked Motorola Wx160 cell phone. Our Deluxe rental package features a Motorola V3 Razr cell phone. The V3 is recommend for people who prefer a slimmer phone and a larger display; additional features include digital camera and Bluetooth. Both phones are compact and light-weight. Please see below for pricing and details.


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. 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 at your overseas destination, simply turn it on and wait for your phone to display the Uno 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.

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 get 10 Euros of call credit. That is up to 200 minutes to the US or Canada or 60 within France (“up to” as there is a one time connection fee per call). You can add as many vouchers as you want. All incoming calls are always free on the French number.
  • How much is 3GB of data?
    In short, a lot. While it is difficult to estimate exactly what you can do with 3GB 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.
  • 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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