Rent a Phone for Italy

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Data Plan

In Italy, WiFi access is not always available and free WiFi is rare. In addition, accessing data through WiFi is not always convenient and is never secure. We offer two data plans at 3G speeds. The first costs $49 and gives you 1GB of data and the second costs $79 and offers 2GB of data (both available at checkout). This gives 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
Smartphone Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • Low Rates - $0.12/min calling
    to the US/Canada/Europe/Italy
  • Free incoming calls and texts. Free voicemail
  • Optional Call Italy bundle – 240 minutes of calls w/in Italy only $19
  • Optional 1GB or 2GB data bundle - $49 / $79
  • Keep your current phone number in addition to an Italian number (optional)
  • Easy to use pay as you go service
  • Most extensive cellular coverage in Italy
Rental Rates*
1 week 2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
$48.95 $83.95 $99.95 $129.95 $149.95

*Plus one $26 minute bundle. 110 minutes of outgoing calls to the US/Europe or Italy. This bundle will be in your cart upon checkout and is necassary for your service to work.


Cell Phone Rentals for Italy

We offer several rental options for travelers to Italy. Most customers want data on their phones and select our Smartphone Rental option which offers 1GB of data for an extra $49. The Smartphone Rental features the Samsung Galaxy which is an Android phone allowing you to check your emails, browse the web, view maps and apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook and more on the go without having to rely on Wi-Fi, which is not always available in Italy nor is it secure. For a more robust solution, select the iPhone Rental. The iPhone also allows you to Skype while the Samsung does not. If you only need an affordable way to make and receive calls, and don’t need to access the web, then the Italy Standard Cell Phone Rental is your best option.

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 also allows you to forward your current cell phone or landline to this new number and avoid roaming fees. This service is a great value and is available for only $19 for 6 hours of call time (available at checkout or ask a sales rep to add this feature if ordering by phone). Another available option is the Call Italy bundle. For just $19, you get 240 minutes of calling to all Italian landlines and cell phone numbers.

The Italian cellular service we provide is prepaid, which means you do not have to sign any contracts nor will you receive any unexpected bill. When and if you need more talk time, simply buy it locally, or by Cellular Abroad 24/7 to receive a top up. Lastly, while outgoing rates are inexpensive, incoming rates are even less – in fact, they are always free from anywhere in the world!

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For Italy 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
1 GB Data(3G) $49 $150 $250 $2,355 N/A**
* 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.

Information and Talk Rates Chart
Key Features Initial Credit Call Italy Bundle Local calls within Italy International Calls Text / SMS Rates Internet Data Rates
  • Local phone number for Italy.
  • FREE incoming calls.
  • Low outgoing rates
  • Optional US number.
  • Affordable data rates.
  • 110 min. Domestic
  • 110 min. to U.S. & Canada
  • $19 for 240 minutes of calls within Italy (available at checkout)
  • Incoming Free.
  • €0.09/min outgoing.
  • €0.16 setup fee per outgoing call.
  • Free incoming.
  • €0.09/min to U.S./Canada/Europe
  • €0.16 setup fee per outgoing call
  • Free incoming.
  • €0.09 ea. to an Italian Cell Phone
  • €0.16 ea. to an International #
  • $49.00 for 1GB of data for 30 days (available at checkout)


Your cell phone rental comes with the following features:

  • uno mobile for italyItaly cell phone number
    Optional USA phone number add-on, allowing you to receive up to 6 hours of calls. You can also forward your regular number to your new USA number.
  • Initial 110 minutes of calls to the US, Canada and within Italy (estimated time - excludes multiple €0.16 connection fees).
  • Easy to add additional credit from the handset
  • “Call Italy” and 1GB data bundle options available at checkout.
  • Unlimited FREE incoming calls and SMS messages .
  • Voicemail - Free to check
  • 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 $26 minute bundle provides 110 minutes of calls back to the US, Canada, Europe or within Italy. Additional $26 bundles may be purchased with your original order or while you travel.
  • 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 240 minutes of calls within Italy)
    • 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.