Rent a Phone for Italy

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Data Plan

In Italy, Wi Fi access is not always available and free Wi Fi is rare. Luckily, your rental includes 10GB of high speed data. Please note that the Standard Rental is not a data enabled phone so in order to enjoy the benefits of data, you must rent either the Deluxe or one of the iPhones. Italy is notorious for not providing free Wi Fi as readily as other European destinations. Besides that, data through Wi Fi is not always convenient and is never secure so it is really not a good idea to use free Wi Fi when and if available - especially if you are planning on doing online banking. Renting either our iPhone or Samsung Android smartphone will allow you access your email, check maps and access Social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter plus use communication apps like WhatsApp and Viber. Simply enter your Apple ID on your iPhone Rental or sign in with your Google Account on your Android Rental and you will have all your favorite apps and contacts on your rental phone.

Choose A Phone

Selected Package Info
Deluxe Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone

Includes 10GB of high speed data (3g/4G)

Low International rates (see below)

Includes 850 outgoing minutes within Italy

Free incoming calls or texts from anywhere

An Italian number with free voice mail

Add-on US Number - $19 for 6hrs of incoming call

Most extensive cellular coverage in Italy - (Vodafone)

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 one $29 credit bundle. 110 minutes of outgoing calls/texts to US/Europe/ICanada and 850 minutes outgoing to Italian numbers. This bundle will be in your cart upon checkout and is necessary for your service to work.

Introduction

Italy Cell Phone Rentals

Roaming plans from carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and others can be expensive to use and frustrating to understand. Smaller carriers, such as Consumer Cellular and Boost don't even offer cell phone service for Italy. Since 2002 we have been providing travelers to Italy cellular service that is easy to understand and affordable to use. There are several options depending on what you need. If you only need to make/receive phone calls and texts and want a phone that is super easy to use, the best choice is the Standard Rental. This is a Motorola flip phone with great reception and a great battery life and is perfect for travelers who do not need to browse the web, check emails or use GPS. If you do not use a smart phone back home, you probably don't need one for your trip to Italy either.

On the other hand, if you are like a growing number of travelers and rely on data to check your emails, use Google Maps, surf the web or use other data consuming apps, you will want to rent either the Deluxe Rental or one of the iPhones. If you are accustomed to using an Android phone back home, we recommend the Deluxe Rental as you are already familiar with the Android operating system. Similarly, If you have an iPhone, we recommend renting either the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 6. All smartphone rentals include 10GB of high speed data which is more than enough for the vast majority of travelers.

All phone rentals, the Standard, Deluxe and both iPhones, also include 850 minutes of outgoing calls within Italy and 10 Euros of call credit to make international calls. Considering that the cost of a call is 2 Euro cents per minute to call the US and 9 cents a minute to call Canada (plus a connection fee of 18 Euro cents), you can make potentially hours of calls back home. In addition, all incoming calls are free.. All rentals come with an Italian cell phone number which, is very practical for receiving calls from Italian friends, family and other contacts in Italy. In fact, not all Italians can even make international calls from their phones. In order to make it as equally as affordable and as easy to use for people back home to reach you, consider adding a US number to your rental. The US number add-on option is available during check out, or, if ordering by phone, we can add it to your rental. You can also forward your current number to the new US number. This way, you will not miss a call but please note that not all travelers, specifically those on vacation, want to be reached so easily. If you fit into this category, you can also just give the new US number to a few select individuals back home that you really want to or need to hear from.

Just a few other things to note

The carrier that we use is Vodafone, which offers the most extensive and reliable cellular coverage in Italy. This is an Italian operator and hence, you are not roaming. This ensures the lowest rates and the best quality voice and data service.

All cell phone rentals come charged and ready to use as soon as you hit the tarmac in Italy. If you are renting a smartphone, you may want to add some apps to the phones such as Google Translate or WhatsApp. We highly recommend WhatsApp in order to contact people back home or within Italy. Most Italians use WhatsApp. Please note that you can only do this on the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 6 rentals. If you have a particular app that you are planning on relying on, please make sure that it is compatible with the iPhone 4 if that is what you plan on renting. If it is not compatible with the iPhone 4, you may have to rent the iPhone 6 or look for a similar app that is compatible with the 4.

Roaming Rates within the EU to EU numbers

0.06 € to receive a call
0.23 € to make a call

Free to receive texts
0.07 € to send a text

Roaming Rates within the EU to North American numbers

0.06 € to receive
3 Euros per minute outgoing

Free to receive texts
0.07 € to send a text

Data Roaming in the EU

0.24 € per MB

While this is not a terribly high rate for data roaming, there are ways to save money. Try using a texting app such as WhatsApp for texting and of course, when and if free Wi Fi is available, we recommend you use that - unless you are doing online banking or any other activity where using a secure internet source is necessary.

Call Rates and Features

All of our Italy cell phone rentals, regardless of the type of handset you rent, offer the same exact rates. Included in your rental you will receive 850 minutes to place calls to Italian cell phones and landlines. In addition, you will have 10 Euros of call credit to make international calls. Rates to the US are just 2 Euro cents per minute plus an 18 Euro cent connection fee. Rates to Canada are 9 cents per minute plus an 18 Euro cent connection fee. You also get 10GB of high speed data but please note that you can only access data when renting a smartphone.

If you need to make it affordable for people back home to reach you, we highly recommend that you add-on a US phone number for $19. This will give you 360 minutes (6 hours) of incoming calls when people call you on your US number. You can also forward your usual number to the new number, thus making it possible for anyone who has your usual number to call you while you are in Italy. If you are renting a smartphone, you can also use Skype, WhatsApp or any other VoIP solution to make calls. You can add additional incoming call buckets on your US number. All incoming calls are always free but please note that if you do not have a US number add-on, callers calling from overseas will be dialing an international number.

Notable features of your Italy Rental are:

  • Initial 500 minutes to the US (estimated time - excludes multiple €0.16 connection fees)
  • Initial 850 minutes of calls within Italy
  • Initial 10GB of data (N/A for Standard Rentals)
  • English customer support
  • Voicemail - free to check
  • Free calls to Italian 800 numbers
  • Free incoming calls
  • Free incoming text messages
  • You rental will have an Italian number
  • Optional US number add-on
  • Service on Vodafone, Europe's largest provider
  • Your Italy rental is active and ready to go. We do not require a scan of your passport.

Order

Ordering a Rental Phone is easy. 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.

Receive

You will receive a fully charged Rental Phone, complete with a convenient travel pouch and international chargers and plug adapters and simple instructions. If you have any questions, please call us or email us.

Activate

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?

Your initial $29 minute bundle that you pay above and beyond the rental fee provides 110 minutes of calls back to the US, Canada, Europe or within Italy plus 850 minutes of calls within Italy. All incoming calls are always free. If you rent the Deluxe or the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 6, the $29 add on will also include 10GB of data.

What will this cost me?

  • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
  • Additional optional add-ons (US number, insurance or more call time)
  • Round-trip shipping

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 happens if my trip is longer than 30 days?

If your trip is longer than 28 days, you will need to add another $29 bundle in order to have talk time after 30 days. If you do not do so, you will still be able to receive calls but your outgoing call credit will expire.

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 your cell phone does come charged and ready to use.

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 in Italy.

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. We highly recommend that you add-on a US phone number if you plan on communicating more than 110 minutes with the United States or Canada as it will cost callers from the US/Canada the cost of making a local call (typically nothing) and you just $19 for each 360 minutes of calls.

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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