Rent a Phone for Italy

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In Italy, WiFi access is not always available and free WiFi is rare. Luckily, your rental includes 1GB 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 the iPhone. Italy is notorious for not providing free Wi Fi as readily as other European destinations. Besides that, data through WiFi 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. If 1GB is not enough, you can add another 1GB of data for $39 or another 2GB for a total of 3GB, for an additional $69 (both available at checkout). Our data plans give you 30 days of data service for your trip, active from the day you land. 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

Pay as you go service - no bills!

Most extensive cellular coverage in Italy - (Vodafone)

Includes 110 outgoing anywhere minutes or texts
        (even to the US or Canada)

Includes 300 outgoing minutes within Italy

Includes 1GB of data

Add-on More Data Bundles - $39 1GB / $69 2GB
        (available upon checkout)

Free incoming calls or texts from anywhere

An Italian number with free voice mail

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

(All add-ons last for 30 days from the date you arrive
        in Italy)

Recharge more anywhere mins/texts
        - $29 for 110 bundle

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/Italy and 300 minutes outgoing to Italian numbers. This bundle will be in your cart upon checkout and is necessary for your service to work.


Italy Cell Phone Rentals

We offer several cell phone rental options for travelers to Italy. If you only need to make and receive phone calls, the Standard Rental is the most affordable option and is the easiest phone to use. This is a compact, no-nonsense flip phone - perfect for travelers only needing to make and receive calls and texts and/or for non-technical travelers. Many tourists and business travelers to Italy need data to check their emails, use Google Maps, Skype or browse the web. In this case, you should consider renting either the Deluxe Rental or one of the iPhone Rentals. If you have 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 iPhone6. All rentals (except the Standard Rental) include 1GB of data but if that is not enough, simply add an additional 1 or 2GB of data to your plan.

All phone rentals include 300 minutes of outgoing calls within Italy and 110 minutes of outgoing calls to the USA and Canada plus 1GB of data. All incoming calls are always free. If you need more credit, you can easily add it through Cellular Abroad ($29 for 110 anywhere minutes). All phones come with an Italian number. You can select to add on a US number as well so callers from the United States can reach you without having to make an international call. This option also allows you to forward your current cell phone or landline to this new number and avoid roaming fees. The US number is $19 and gives you 6 hours of incoming calls. It is available upon checkout.

We use the Vodafone network, 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.

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For Italy Compare to Your Current Carrier?
  Cellular Abroad AT&T* Verizon* Sprint* T-Mobile*
Incoming Free $2.50 $2.99 $1.99 $1.49
Outgoing Local 300 minutes included $2.50 $2.99 $1.99 $1.49
Calls to N. America 110 minutes included $2.50 $2.99 $1.99 $1.49
1 GB Data(3G) Included $1,024 $2,000 $1,900 $1,500
* These are the default rates without signing up for a plan. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint 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 in Italy.

Our Rental Services

We use the Vodafone network, 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. Your cell phone rental comes with a SIM card for Italy, fully charged and is ready to go. We will add as much talk time as you initially want as well as a data plan and the US number if ordered. We also offer data SIM cards for tablets as well as MiFi mobile hotspot rentals with unlimited data plans.

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 300 minutes to place calls to Italian cell phones and landlines. In addition, you will have 110 minutes of calls to the United States or Canada. If you use up the 300 minutes of calling within Italy, you can also use the 110 minutes to make local calls. You also get 1GB of high speed data but please note that you can only access data when renting a smartphone.

If you plan on communicating more than 110 minutes back to the US, 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 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 110 minutes of calls to the US, Canada and within Europe (estimated time - excludes multiple €0.16 connection fees)
  • Initial 300 minutes of calls within Italy
  • Initial 1GB of data
  • 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.


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.


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.


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 $26 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 300 minutes of calls within Italy. All incoming calls are always free.

How much data will I have?

If you order a Standard Rental, you should not add a data package to your rental as Standard Rentals are not data compatible. Otherwise, you can add either a 1 or 2 GB bundle of data.

What will this cost me?

  • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
  • Additional optional add-ons (data package, US number, or more call time)
  • 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 happens if my trip is longer than 30 days?

If your trip is longer than 30 days, you will need to add another $26 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. The same applies for data bundles; you will need to purchase another bundle of data credit if your trip is longer than 30 days.

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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