Need A Phone While in United Kingdom?

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The UK Traveler's Bundle, besides offering 2000 minutes of outgoing calls within the UK and unlimited texting to UK numbers, also includes 5GB of data at 3G speeds. Since you are not roaming, you can expect faster connectivity than if you were using a North American provider - at a fraction of the price. In Great Britain, free wifi, in addition to being hard to find, is seldom convenient and is never secure. For just $69, you can access up to 5GB of data at 3G speeds on your cell phone or tablet. This is more than enough for 99% of travelers. This will allow you to securely browse the web, check your emails, use Google Maps, stream videos, Skype and more virtually anywhere in the UK

Choose A Phone

Selected Package Info
Smartphone Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • A United Kingdom cell phone number
  • US number add-on option
  • Low standard rates (just $0.06 to call the USA or Canada per minute)
  • Free incoming calls
  • Most extensive cellular coverage in UK
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 at least 1 recharge voucher for initial talk credit ($19.00 each). This gives you125 international or 100 local minutes.

Introduction

Cellular Abroad is the US distributor for Lebara, a prepaid cellular provider based in the United Kingdom and offering mobile services specifically for travelers going to the UK who need affordable and reliable cellular service. The service is pay-as-you-go and uses the T-Mobile network, which provides coverage across the UK. The base rates, while very affordable and just fractions of what you would pay roaming with a US provider, are best suited for travelers who intend to use their phones primarily for emergencies. Other users will want to add the “UK Traveler’s Bundle” to their service. The UK Travelers Bundle, for just an additional $69, offers enough calling, texting and even data power for the vast majority of travelers. Please see below for more information. In addition, you can add a US phone number to your account which will give you a US phone number - or the possibility to keep your current number - on top of the UK number provided with the SIM card.

UK Traveler’s Bundle

The UK Traveler’s Bundle allows travelers to the United Kingdom to use their phone virtually as much as they want without having to worry about running out of credit or the expense. This add-on includes 2,000 minutes of calling to UK landlines and cell phones, unlimited texting, unlimited calling to other Lebara numbers, a generous 5GB of data at 3G speeds plus bargain rates to the US and Canada (3pence per minute - less than $0.05 per minute). The Traveler’s Bundle can be added simply by selecting the option during check out or when ordering by phone. The bundle is good for 30 days of service and is renewable for an additional $69.

US Number Add-on

While incoming calls are always free, callers from the US or Canada would have to dial an international number to reach you, which can be costly. For just $19. you can add 360 minutes of incoming calls on a US number. The US number is in addition to the UK number that comes standard with the SIM card. This option also allows you to retain your current phone number simply by forwarding your current number to your new US number.

Here's how our rentals work; simply rent one of our cell phones for the United Kingdom plus initial talk time and any add-on you may need. If need purchase additional call credit through Cellular Abroad or locally in over 90,000 stores. There is a surcharge for purchasing additional talk time through Cellular Abroad but it is good to know you have this convenient option.

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For The United Kingdom 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 2000 minutes $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
Calls to N. America $0.05 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
3 GB Data (3G) $69 $720 $750 $50,000** N/A
* In addition to the low rates, Cellular Abroad's "Traveler's Bundle" also includes unlimited free texting within the UK.

** This is NOT a typo. Sprint's rates are $10 per mb (5GB =5000mb).

Important! If your trip to the United Kingdom is for two or more weeks, please consider purchasing one of our UK packages. Our entry level packages costs about the same as renting a cell phone for two weeks. As our phones are unlocked, they also work with other SIM cards and therefore, you will never have to rent a phone again!

Information and Talk Rates Chart
Key Features Initial Credit Standard UK Rates Standard Intíl Rates Text Messages (SMS) 3GB Data Bundle
  • UK phone number plus optional US number.
  • Unlimited FREE incoming calls from anywhere.
  • FREE mobile-to-mobile calls.
  • Great Int’l rates.
  • Great data rates.
  • 60 mins for USA
  • or
  • 28 mins within the UK.
  • Free incoming.
  • US$0.25 outgoing to land lines and cell phones
  • Free Lebara-to-Lebara calls.
  • Free incoming.
  • US$0.15 outgoing.
  • Free Incoming.
  • US $0.25 Outgoing.
  • Free Lebara to Lebara SMS
  • $69.00*
The Traveler’s Bundle includes 5GB of data, 2000 minutes of calling within the UK, unlimited text messaging within the UK, free Lebara to Lebara calling and reduced international rates of just $0.05 to the US or Canada.

Included in your United Kingdom Cell Phone Rental:

  • A rental handset, with a battery, fully charged and ready to go
  • UK cell phone number (Optional USA phone number add-on)
  • Initial Credit125 minutes of calls to the US, Canada
  • Data Plan (if requested)
  • Unlimited FREE incoming calls and SMS messages
  • Voicemail
  • International plug adapter and charger
  • Return ship label (from within US, Canadian customers please click here). We encourage you to return in the original box
  • Your UK rental is active and ready to go. We do not require a scan of your passport.

If you receive your cellular rental missing any of the listed items, please contact us immediately..

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. You must add the initial call credit together with your rental. If you are interested in the Unlimited Everything Plan, an extra data bundle or a US phone number add on, please enter it in the cart or when ordering through our toll free hotline.

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 rental phone will be charged and ready to go as soon as you hit the tarmac in the United Kingdom.

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 are purchasing an initial $19 credit voucher which will start you off with about 125 minutes of calls to the US or 100 minutes of calls within the U.K. Additional vouchers may be purchased from Cellular Abroad or from many retailers throughout the U.K. In addition, you can purchase an Unlimited Everything Plan which offers up to 3000 calls and 300 texts within the UK plus 1000 minutes to the US plus 1GB of data and/or the 3G data bundle with 3GB of data.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $19 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 two days prior to your departure, unless you require next day delivery.
  • Does the cell phone come charged?
    Yes it does, but itís 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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