Need A Phone While in Mexico?

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Data Plan

Your cell phone rental for Mexico includes 1GB of data (up to 30 days) within Mexico plus 2GB of data for use within the United States. This is above and beyond the 1000 minutes of talk time in Mexico, unlimited texts and unlimited calling in the US. For an idea how much data this is, please use this handy rate calculator.

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Smartphone Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • US cell phone number (or keep your usual number)
  • 1000 minutes w/in Mexico or to the US
  • 1GB of 3G mobile data in Mexico
  • Also works in the USA
  • Great coverage through Telcel, the largest Mexican carrier

Rental Rates*
1 week 2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
$48.95 $83.95 $99.95 $129.95 $149.95

*PLUS 99.95 for 1000 minutes and 1GB of data w/in Mexico.


Mexico Rental Phones

The main advantage of renting a cell phone for your trip to Mexico through Cellular Abroad are to save money while being able to use your phone as much as you want for calls, Skype, browsing the web, GPS or anything else you typically do back home. The service is considerably less expensive than what you would otherwise pay with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and especially Sprint (please refer to the chart below). Our service works directly on Telcel without roaming, guaranteeing that the data speeds and connectivity are superior and faster than roaming with your carrier. Simply select the type of phone you would like to rent and the rental period. On top of this amount, you will be charged $99.95 for the SIM card which includes 1000 minutes of calls within Mexico or back to the US plus 1GB of data at 3G speeds as well as unlimited text messaging within Mexico and back to the US. Please note that the Standard Rental does not have data capabilities. If you need to use data, please select the Deluxe Rental or the iPhone Rental.

You will be provided with a new US phone number. If you want to keep your current phone number, simply forward your current number to the new one that you will receive. You will have unlimited calling capabilities in the USA plus 2GB of data.

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For Mexico Compare to Your Current Carrier?
  Cellular Abroad AT&T* Verizon* Sprint* T-Mobile*
1000 Minutes $99.95 $350 $999 $2,290 $200
*Cellular Abroad's rates are all inclusive. AT&T, Verizon, etc. excludes tax, approximately 20% of value.
How Do Our 3G Data Rates For Mexico Compare to Your Current Carrier?
  Cellular Abroad AT&T Verizon Sprint T-Mobile**
1GB Included $150 $250 $2,925 N/A
**T-Mobile only offers 2G data speeds.

Your cell phone rental includes 1000 minutes of calling while you are in Mexico. This includes incoming and outgoing calls within Mexico and back to the United States. You will be assigned a US cell phone number. If you wish to retain your usual cell phone number, you can simply forward your usual number to your new number and deactivate the forwarding when you return. If you rented a data capable phone (the iPhone or the Samsung), you will also have 1GB of data service while you are in Mexico. You can also send and receive an unlimited amount of texts.

In addition, you have unlimited calling while you are in the US and 2GB of data service


Ordering a Rental Phone is easy. We offer 3 different handset options for Mexico. The Standard Rental is ideal for travelers who do not need data. The Deluxe Rental is an Android based smartphone and the iPhone Rental is preferable for travelers who are accustomed to Apple products. Select the phone that you need along with the departure and return dates. You will pay $99.95 for the call time and data service regardless of the length of your trip (up to 30 days). Once you receive your rental, please confirm your departure date with us (we understand that travel plans can change) and we will activate the service and email you your phone number. You can begin to use the phone immediately as soon as you receive the phone number - even in the US.

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 USPS, UPS or FedEx. We can deliver the following day (except Sunday) for those with immediate departures. If you are ordering after 1:30 PST for next day delivery, please place your order via our toll free 800 number so that we can ensure that your order is promptly processed.


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 will be activated the day that you request service to commence. You will receive instructions together with your rental.

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 at FedEx or USPS (as per instructions) within 2 business days from the last day of your rental period. Cellular Abroad will charge late fees at their own discretion 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. Please note that we must have a 2 week window in order to ship ground.
  • How many minutes do I have?
    1000 minutes of calls w/in Mexico and unlimited service if you want to use your phone prior to your departure.
  • What can I do with 1GB of data?

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  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $99.95 for initial talk-time voucher (1 per phone).
    • 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 at least 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 turn on the battery once you receive the rental and check to make sure it is fully charged.
  • 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?
    They will pay whatever they usually pay when dialing a US based number.
  • How good is the service in Mexico?
    Cellular coverage is typically very good in Mexico but as a rule of thumb, wherever there are people and buildings, you will have coverage.
  • 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.

Multi-Country Travel
You can also purchase other SIM cards as well for other countries to where you may be traveling. (This option is good for those planning on doing a lot of local calling.) We also offer an international roaming National Geographic Talk Abroad™ rental that is convenient for travel to multiple countries. (This option is useful for those wanting a single number for use in multiple countries and who will be making more calls back home than locally.)

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