Having a cell phone from Cellular Abroad while studying abroad is the perfect solution for being able to keep in touch back home as well as locally. In most circumstances, you will receive a local cell phone number and local rate plan for the country you are studying in and hence avoid high international roaming rates typically charged by US telecom providers such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. A GSM cell phone with the appropriate SIM card for your international study abroad program will almost always allow you to receive cell phone calls for free from anywhere in the world. Outgoing rates are generally just fractions of what you would expect to pay with the large US or Canadian cellular providers. Our prepaid calling plans are pay as you go and therefore, there is no need to sign a contract or pay monthly fees – you just pay for the usage as needed. See our Parent’s Guide below and click on your destination to see your specific study abroad cell phone plan.
What are the per minute rates?
With just a couple of exceptions, our local services offer free incoming calls from anywhere, including from the US. Outgoing rates depend on your destination and the service that you choose, but because all of our services are prepaid, you control the expenditure. See per-minute rates below.
Where can the phone call?
Our service allows you to make international and local phone calls. In some cases, calling North America is cheaper than calling to local numbers in the destination country.
When will we get the number?
Your phone number is emailed to you the same day your order ships - this is typically the same day that you made the order, unless you are ordering after 1:30pm PST or you are renting a phone.
What kind of number do we get?
Unless you are traveling to multiple countries, you will typically receive a phone number that is local to your destination. This will give you a local rate plan, and allow you to escape costly international roaming fees. This also benefits local friends and people you will meet during your stay, as they will be able to call you without incurring any international calling charges.
How do family and friends from the US reach the phone?
People from the US will need to dial internationally to reach you and will be billed according to their specific phone service plan.
How do we add more credit?
Cellular Abroad provides instructions on where to find additional credits for your phone, and how to add them to your account. Typically, you will need to dial a code into your phone, which will apply credit to your account. You can purchase recharge codes online from us, or by calling our support hotline during our US business hours. They can also buy the recharge codes in country at most convenient stores. See your specific country for specific stores.
What happens when they travel to another country?
Your phone service is recommended for use in the country for which it is intended. If you plan on visiting other countries, we recommend buying an additional multi-country SIM card and then switching out the SIM’s when you travel outside your host country. Switching out the SIM is simple and this will allow you to have coverage everywhere you go. Remember when you change the SIM you change the phone’s number. Your multi-country SIM will have a separate number and rate plan.
How do they keep the battery charged?
Your phone comes with an international charger and plug adaptor set included.
Should we rent or buy?
For study abroad programs, it is more cost effective to purchase a phone than to rent one. Any trip beyond 6 weeks becomes cheaper to purchase the phone.
How soon can we get the phone?
Waited until the last minute!? Depending on what time you order you can get your phone next day. We do offer free 5-7 business day ground shipping if you’ve left yourself enough time.
Per-minute rates for the most popular Study Abroad travel destinations