Need A Phone While in United Kingdom?

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Data Plan - 3GB good for 30 days from activation upon arrival

Having 24/7 access to the internet on your device is an excellent way to make the most of your trip. Imagine being able to find out where you are or where you are going with apps such as Google Maps, or to be able to fine reviews of restaurants or pubs at your fingertips, or to be able to check your emails securely anywhere, any time. Rent the smartphone or the iPhone in order to have data service during your trip. Please note that if you intend to use Skype, you must rent the iPhone.

Our data plan add-on is just $69 for 3GB of data at 3G speeds. In addition, you will receive 1000 free minutes of calls to UK cell phone and landlines as well as unlimited text messaging to UK numbers.

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.


Although most US and Canadian carriers (such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and others) offer cellular service for the United Kingdom, their roaming costs are prohibitive to say the least and many travelers are understandably reluctant to use their regular providers. Cellular Abroad's service is affordable enough that, you can use your phone as much as you need to make calls, check your emails, use Google Maps or just browse the web without having to rely on free wifi which is not secure and not always available. Calls to the USA and Canada are a low $0.06 a minute, and local calls within the U.K. are only $0.08 per minute. In addition, incoming calls are always free. There are also a couple of extremely popular add-ons that most travelers add to their rentals.

US Number Add-on

All of our rental phones include a UK cell phone number. For $19, you can also add a US based number offering up to 360 minutes of incoming calls or call forwarding. That way, callers from the US don't need to dial an international number to reach you. Alternatively, you can forward your current number to the new number.

Data Add-on

If you need data service, rent our smart phone or iPhone4 and add a data bundle to your service. The data add-on offers 3GB of data a 3G speeds. As a bonus, you will also receive 1000 free minutes of outgoing calling to UK landline and cell phone numbers PLUS unlimited texting to a UK cell phone.

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 $0.08 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
Calls to N. America $0.06 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
3 GB Data (3G) $69 $450 $750 $7,065 $360
* AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile's 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.

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 Intíl rates.
  • Great data rates.
  • 125 mins for USA
  • or
  • 100 mins within the UK.
  • Free incoming.
  • US$0.08 outgoing to land lines.
  • $0.16 outgoing to cell phones.
  • Free Lebara-to-Lebara calls.
  • Free incoming.
  • US$0.06 outgoing.
  • Free Incoming.
  • US $0.14 Outgoing.
  • Free Lebara to Lebara SMS
  • $69.00

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..


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.


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 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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