Cell Phone Rentals for France

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iPhone 5 Rental
Use Skype, Google Maps, Google Translate
  • Unlimited calls w/in France
  • 120 minutes to the US/Canada
  • Unlimited texts to French numbers
  • 20 GB of 4G/LTE data
  • Unlimited incoming calls/text
  • Unlimited calls and text from Lebara to Lebara
  • Add-on a US number $19 for 6 hours of incoming calls

(Add-ons available upon checkout)
*Plan and add-ons last for 30 days from your arrival in France

Rental Rates*
1 week 2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
$56.00 $112.00 $120.00 $150.00 $165.00
*3 day minimum

*PLUS the price of one $39 credit bundle. The credit bundle is the actual service for the cell phone rental (talk time/texts and data if you rent a smartphone). This bundle will be in your cart upon checkout and is necessary for your service to work.

Introduction

Cell Phone Rentals for France

We offer several cell phone rental options for France depending on your needs. All offer unlimited calling to French numbers, unlimited texting to French cell phones and 120 minutes of calls to the US. Incoming calls are always free. The Standard Rental does not offer data and it is perfect for travelers who only need to make and receive calls and texts. For data, you will need to rent a Deluxe (Android) phone or one of the iPhones. We recommend renting the type of phone you are already familiar with.All smartphone rentals include 20GB of 4G/LTE data, which is typically considered an unlimited amount of data. Please note that your cell phone rental will include the cost of one recharge voucher. This is what gives you the actual call and data credit for the service, which is valid for up to 30 days. If you need more than 120 minutes to make international calls, we encourage you to use a calling app such as Skype or WhatsApp.

US Add-on

All phones come with a French number, which, although it makes it convenient for the French locals to call you, it is less convenient and more expensive for your friends and family in North America to call you. The US number add-on, available during check out, adds a US based phone number to your rental phone. Please note that you will still retain your French phone number - you will just have two phone numbers on your phone. The US number feature is available for $19 and offers 6 hours of incoming calls to a US number. Each additional 6 hour bundle is $19. You can also forward your current number to the new US number allowing your contacts to call you on your usual phone number. The US number add-on is an exceptional value and eliminates the need for anyone to pay expensive roaming fees that North American providers charge for using their services abroad.

Data

Your Samsung or iPhone rental includes 20GB of highspeed data. If you plan on using apps, please make sure that the apps are compatible with the cell phone that you are planning on renting. For example, some apps are only downloadable on the iPhone 6 and above. Using apps is a great way to use to trip planning tools such as Google Maps, Trip Advisor, Skype as well as to be able to share your trip and communicate with friends and family through Instagram and Facebook.

Roaming

You can use your France rental phone anywhere within the EU with the same features as if you were using it in France. The only requirement is that you first start using your phone in France.

Our Rental Services

Our cell phone rentals include a French SIM card, plug adapters and chargers as well as a return shipping label. The service is prepaid so you know exactly what you are paying. We also offer an optional insurance policy for your phone in the event that it becomes damaged or stolen. Since 2002, we have had over 300,000 customers and we can safely say that we know what we are doing.

Data Plan

If you are renting the Smartphone or one of the iPhones you will have 20GB of highspeed data on your phone which is enough data for the vast majority of travelers. Having a mobile data enabled phone is a great way to make the most out of your trip. Use Google Maps to see where you are and how to get to where you need to go. Find out if the bistro you want to go to has positive reviews and upload pictures and videos to Facebook or simply browse the web and check your emails. You no longer have to rely on free Wi Fi which is seldom available in France and is never a safe way to connect to the internet under any circumstance.

If you rent a Standard Rental, you will not have data capabilities.

Order

Ordering a rental phone for France is easy. Select the phone you want and the rental period. Add any additional plans or options you need. Please note that if your service exceeds 30 days you will need to order two additional recharge vouchers in order to retain your service. 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.

Receive

You will receive a fully charged rental phone, complete with a convenient travel pouch and international chargers and plug adapters and simple instructions including activation instructions. If you have any questions, please call us or email us.

Go to France

Your Phone Rental is ready to go. When you arrive in France, send a text message to activate your service and you are ready to go.

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.

France starstarstarstarstar 4.7

Easy to use

Jonathon from Los Angeles

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

Great to have a local phone number. I also added on the US phone number so that family could reach me without paying extra charges. Roaming with my usual carrier would have been more expensive but mostly, I was on vacation and didn't want anyone and everyone to be able to reach me.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Personal Phone
  • Rural Areas

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional

Good service, worked exactly as expected

Darboux from Philadelphia

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

Changed the SIM card in my iPhone5 on the plane to France. Phone worked great as soon as we landed. Our friends were able to phone us using a French number. The data plan was very important as it let us use things like Google Maps when walking around. I used the phone just as I do at home.

Cons

  • Messages A Bit Hard To Us

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Personal Phone
  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional
  • Parent
  • Practical

Great choice

Judiblueeyes from San Francisco

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

Have your friends call you using Skype, so their calls are cheap.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage
  • Lots Of Options

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Work Phone

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional

Best Way to go.

Alex from Austin

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

Travel to France. I would consider Jailbreaking my iPhone in the future if you have one.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Personal Phone
  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional

Perfect

Alex from Austin, Texas

starstarstarstarstar 5 - recommended

The only problem is your US friends will have to call a French telephone number to reach you. Most liekly you cannot forward your US phone number. IF so it will cost a lot.

Pros

  • Good Value
  • Great Coverage

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Personal Phone
  • Rural Areas

Describe Yourself

  • Practical

Expensive but worth it for the convenience

Deb loves Western Europe from Atlanta, GA

starstarstarstarstar 4 - recommended

The SIM card for France worked just fine, no problems at all.

Cons

  • Personal data to activate
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Pros

  • Convenience
  • Easy to add minutes onlin
  • Lots of texting included

Best Uses

  • Cities
  • Travel

Describe Yourself

  • Business Professional
  • Leisure traveler
  • Practical

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?

You get unlimited calling within France and 120 minutes to the USA and Canada. All incoming calls are free. If you need more minutes for international calls, we recommend you use an app such as WhatsApp or Skype.

How much data do I have?

20GB of data which is a huge amount. 1GB is equivalent to approximately 1 hour of video streaming. One hour of Google Maps uses about 5MB of data so 1GB of data is about 200 hours of data.

Do I need a data plan for texting?

You don't need a data plan for text messages within France. If you need to text outside of France we recommend renting a smartphone and using a texting app such as WhatsApp or iMessage. Incoming texts from anywhere in the world are always free.

Can I keep my usual number?

Yes you can keep your usual US number simply by adding the optional US number add-on and then forwarding your usual number to the new number. Please note that you will receive all calls including ones you many not want. Many travelers prefer to give people that the really want to hear from (dog sitter, close family and friends or business associates) the temporary US number so they can enjoy their vacation without solicitations from telemarketers.

What will this cost me?

  • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period plus one voucher.
  • Additional vouchers or optional add-ons (data/voice package or US 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.

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. If you add the US number add-on then people calling you will not be charged.

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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