If you are traveling to London for the 2012 Olympics, Paralympics, or the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and need to stay connected with other travelers or loved ones at home, Cellular Abroad offers UK cell phones rentals, prepaid SIM cards and international data plans to accommodate all of your communication needs.
Stay In Touch and Stay Together
Having a cell phone in London during the 2012 Olympics is an invaluable resource for making the most of your trip to see the Summer Games.
Use a cell phone to:
- Keep in contact with your group
- Phone ahead for restaurant, tickets, tours and other reservations
- Keep in touch with loved ones back home
- Find each other when lost in the crowds
- Getting together after attending separate events
Will Your U.S. Cell Phone Work At The Olympics?
Only two major carriers in the US, T-Mobile and AT&T, offer the GSM service that is used internationally. And their phones will only if the handset is also equipped to operate on the 900/1800 European frequencies. Sprint and Verizon phones don’t use GSM technology and therefore are not able to roam outside the US.
AT&T and T-Mobile customers with the right phone might be able to use their phones abroad, but they will be subject to the international roaming and data rates imposed by their carriers.
Low Calling Rates to the US
With our cell phone for the United Kingdom outgoing rates to the US are only $0.06 cents a minute and there is no charge for you to receive incoming calls, even those from the U.S.
Free Mobile to Mobile Calling
If you are traveling with companions, calls to each other are free when you’re both using Cellular Abroad phones. See complete UK calling rates below.
UK Cell Phone Per Minute Calling and Data Rates
International Calling Rates
- Free incoming
- US$0.06 outgoing
Domestic Talk Rates (within the UK)
- Free incoming
- US$0.08 outgoing to land lines
- $0.16 outgoing to cell phones
- Free Lebara-to-Lebara calls*
Text Message Rates (SMS)
- Free Incoming
- US $0.14 Outgoing
- Free Lebara to Lebara SMS*
*Free Lebara-to-Lebara calls and SMS = 100 minutes or 100 SMS with initial credit.
**All Calls between Lebara to Lebara cell phones are free for the first 15 minutes and charged at 10p thereafter
Click here for UK cell phone rental rates
Mifi Data Services for the United Kingdom
Check scores, email and local news and events with a portable wifi connection. A portable wifi hotspot can connect you and your traveling companions with up to five devices at the same time.
Get wireless 3G data service in London for your smartphone, iPad, laptop or other data-enabled device without having to worry about signal availability or hotel data rates.
Click here for hotspot data rental rates for the UK
Cellular Abroad’s Local Rate Solution
Cellular Abroad rents and sells GSM phones that put our customers on the local overseas network which allows you to pay local rates. You’ll receive the phone, SIM, phone number and charging accessories prior to your departure. This way you can give out your contact number before you go and you’ll be able to make and receive calls from the moment you land.
Prepaid Service Means No Bills Or Roaming Fees
Overseas, most cell phone users use the pay-as-you-go method and simply “top up” their phones when their credit balance is low by buying a recharge voucher at any newsstand or convenience store.
This is the perfect solution for short term travel phone rentals because it allows you to only pay for time you plan to use. There are no contracts or commitments and there are no surprise bills to come home to.
Cell Phone Rentals at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports
While it might be possible to rent a phone when you land at one of the London airports, these are not usually the cheapest options. Also, these last-minute rental kiosks mean you won’t have your phone number to give out to contacts until after you arrive, deplane and wait in line to receive the equipment, phone number and instructions.
With Cellular Abroad we send all the equipment and instructions to your home prior to departure. This way you can leave your number with family and friends back home and call us with any additional questions you might have.