United Kingdom Cell Phone Rentals

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Data Bundle

Both the Deluxe Rental and the iPhone Rental include 1GB of data. You can purchase an additional 2GB data bundle for a total of 3GB of data for your trip. This is more than enough for 99% of travelers. Data speeds are 3G. In Great Britain, free Wi-Fi may be available and both the Deluxe and iPhone Rentals allow you to access data. However, Wi-Fi is not always convenient and is never secure. For just $49, you can safely and conveniently browse the web, check your emails, use Google Maps, stream videos, Skype and more virtually anywhere in the UK..

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Selected Package Info
Deluxe Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • 500 minutes to US/Canadian numbers
  • 500 minutes to UK/European numbers
  • Unlimited Lebara to Lebara calls and texts
  • Unlimited free incoming calls and texts from anywhere
  • 1GB of included high speed data
  • Optional Add-on 2GB of 3GB speed data - $49
  • Optional Add-on US number - 6 hrs of incoming calls $19
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 $39 credit bundle - 1000 outgoing US/UK minutes of call time and 1GB of data (data not available for flip phone). This bundle will be in your cart upon checkout and is necessary for your service to work.


We offer several phone rentals for travelers to the United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). The rental includes 500 minutes of outbound calling to the North America plus 500 minutes of calling to UK numbers and free incoming calls from anywhere. Text messaging is not included. In order to text, we recommend using an app such as Whatsapp which supports through the included 1GB data bundle. Not enough Data? You can add an additional 2GB of data for just $49. Please note that only the Deluxe and iPhone Rentals are data compatible. Rentals come with a local UK based phone number with the option of adding a US number. Our calling and data rates are a just fractions of what you would pay roaming with a US or Canadian cellular provider.

Data Add-on

The Deluxe and iPhone Rentals include a generous 1GB bundle of high speed data. If you need more, you have the option of adding an additional 2GB data bundle to your rental.

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. This option also allows you to retain your current phone number simply by forwarding your current number to your new US number. 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.

Roaming in Europe

You can use your UK cell phone rental anywhere within the EU for no extra charges. The only requirement is that you initially use the phone rental in the United Kingdom before traveling elsewhere. Your plan will not change. For example, if you use 100 minutes to call the United States while you are in the UK and then go to France, you will still have 400 minutes of calls back to the United States.

How to Order

Here's how our rentals work; select the departure date and the return date for your trip. If you only need to make and receive calls, we recommend our Standard Rental. If you need to check emails, use Google Maps, browse the web and other activities associated with data, you will need to select a Deluxe Rental or an iPhone Rental. If you are used to an Android phone, we recommend renting the Deluxe phone. If you are used to the iPhone, we recommend renting that model. All phone rentals will add $29 for the initial 1000 minutes. The Deluxe and iPhone rentals also include 1GB of data. All rentals include chargers and plug adapters, a carrying case and return shipping label. If you need to add more data and/or a US number, you can do so during checkout or when ordering by calling our order hotline at 1.800.287.5072.

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 1000 minutes $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
Calls to N. America 1000 minutes $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
3 GB Data (3G) $49 $720 $750 $50,000** N/A
** 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!

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 $29 credit voucher which will give you 1000 outbound minutes of calling anywhere within the UK, Europe and back to the US and Canada. This will also give you an initial 1GB of data if you rent the Deluxe or iPhone Rental.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $29 for initial talk-time voucher (1 per phone) plus any optional add-on.
    • 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.
  • Does the cell phone come with a charger and plug adapters?
  • 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 recommend adding the optional US number add-on.
  • 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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