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The National Geographic Talk Abroad 'Lite' Phone

Cell Phone Rental for New Zealand
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Key Features:
  • US$0.62/min calls back to the States
  • FREE Incoming calls
  • Initial $3.23 credit
  • GSM cellular phone with battery
  • International adapter
  • US Return ship label
  • and much more...
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Cellular Abroad Rental Service for New Zealand

Rent a cell phone for your trip to New Zealand and enjoy the convenience and security of a cell phone while avoiding the high cost of roaming with a US number. Cellular Abroad offers cellular phone rentals for New Zealand and over 120 other countries. Unlike traditional cell phone rental options where you pay expensive per-minute usage rates for all calls, our solution allows you to take advantage of the low rates that the locals are paying, regardless of the length of your trip. These rates are extremely advantageous and even include unlimited FREE incoming calls!

As part of your rental package, you are purchasing a prepaid New Zealand SIM card. A SIM card—also known as a chip—slips easily into a GSM phone. The SIM card is the "brain" of the phone and is what allows you to make calls within New Zealand or to anywhere in the world. The card is linked to a prepaid account so that you will never receive a phone bill and will always be in complete control of your expenditures. If needed, you can simply add more talk time to your account by purchasing a scratch-off recharge card and entering the unique code off the card into the handset. Since incoming calls are always free, even if you have depleted your credit you can still receive incoming calls from anywhere in the world.

Information and Talk Rates Chart

Key Features
  • Local phone number for New Zealand
  • Free incoming calls
  • Voicemail
  • Text Messaging
Initial Credit

Unlimited Incoming
23 mins. International outgoing
23 mins. Domestic outgoing

Domestic Talk Rates

Incoming Free

Talk Rates to US/Canada*

Incoming Free

Text / SMS Rates

Incoming Free
Outgoing $0.14 globally

Our Rental Packages
Our Country Specific rental packages include the rental of an unlocked GSM Tri-Band Phone and the purchase of a SIM card specific to your destination country. There are two phone rental packages available: The standard rental package features an unlocked Motorola Wx160 cell phone. Our Deluxe rental package features a Motorola V3 Razr cell phone. The V3 is recommend for people who prefer a slimmer phone and a larger display; additional features include digital camera and Bluetooth. Both phones are compact and light-weight. Please see below for pricing and details.

Standard GSM Cell Phone Rental Rates
1-7 days 8-14 days 15-28 days 29-42 days 43-56 days
$49.00* $69.00* $89.00* $109.00* $129.00*
*PLUS the price of (1) recharge voucher for initial talk credit ($26).
Departure Date? Return Date?

Special Motorola V3 GSM Cell Phone Rental Rates
1-7 days 8-14 days 15-28 days 29-42 days 43-56 days
$69.00* $89.00* $109.00* $129.00* $149.00*
*PLUS the price of (1) recharge voucher for initial talk credit ($26).
Departure Date? Return Date?
Compare prices with our Phone & SIM purchase packages for New Zealand.

Rental Package features:

  • Unlimited FREE incoming calls
  • Domestic rates as low as approximately $0.62 per minute.
  • Calls back to the US and Canada approximately $0.62 per minute.
  • A New Zealand SIM card and cell phone number
  • Easily add more talk time as needed by purchasing recharge codes from Cellular Abroad or at many outlets throughout New Zealand
  • Voicemail
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges or credit check
  • Handy phone cases are yours to keep if you decide to convert your rental into a purchase. (That's a $37 value.)

Please visit our New Zealand Pre-Paid SIM Card page for further information including exact rates.

All cell phone rentals include:

  • A GSM cellular phone with a battery, fully charged and ready to go
  • International plug adapters
  • International 110-220 volt charger
  • Phone box and User Guide
  • Return ship label (from within US, Canadian customers please click here). We encourage you to return in the original box

If you receive your cellular rental missing any of the listed items, please contact us immediately.

Helpful Tips
  • Would you rather own your phone? Check out our package deals for New Zealand!
  • Traveling to multiple countries? You may want to consider a Talk Abroad™ rental package.

"The phone was wonderful! Our luggage was lost for 9 days of our 14 day trip. The phone was a lifesaver for calling the airlines every day! If you ever need a "poster child" for why anyone should rent a phone when going overseas, we're it..."

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 $26 credit voucher which will start you off with about 23 minutes of calls to the US or 23 minutes of calls within New Zealand. Additional vouchers may be purchased from Cellular Abroad or from many retailers throughout New Zealand.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $26 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.
  • Multi-Country Travel
    You can also purchase other SIM cards as well for other countries to where you may be traveling. (This option is good for those planning on doing a lot of local calling.) We also offer an international roaming National Geographic Talk Abroad™ rental that is convenient for travel to multiple countries. (This option is useful for those wanting a single number for use in multiple countries and who will be making more calls back home than locally.)

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