Need A Phone While in Philippines?

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Having an affordable data enabled cell phone while in the Philippines is a way to always be able to stay in touch by email or have access to the web. In addition, you can see where you are and where you need to go with apps such as Google Maps, upload videos and photos to social media sites such as Google+ and Facebook and find and review tourist attractions, accommodations, restaurants and stores. You can browse the web for less than $0.25 per 30 minutes. Please note that our Standard Rental does not have data capabilities.

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Deluxe Rental Phone
4G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • Low intíl and local rates
  • Free incoming calls
  • Philippine phone number
  • Low 3G data rates
  • Great coverage and service
  • Pay as you go service
Rental Rates*
1-14 Days 3 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
$8.00 a day $120.00 $135.00 $150.00 $165.00
*3 day minimum

*PLUS the price of (1) recharge voucher for initial talk credit ($29.00). This gives you 47 international or 17 domestic minutes.


Philippine Cell Phone Rentals

Travelers to the Philippines can enjoy low data and call rates with our cell phone rentals. We offer three options. The Standard Rental is perfect for travelers who need an easy to use phone for making and receiving calls and texts but do not need to send or receive emails or browse the web. The Smarphone Rental and the iPhone Rental both offer you to surf the web, check your emails, use apps such as Google Maps and others as well as upload photos and videos. In addition, the iPhone allows Skype usage using data on the cellular towers. Since data is extremely affordable in the Philippines, many of our customers rent a data enabled phone. If you plan to make a lot of international calls, we recommend using Skype or a similar VoIP application for international calls as, while the standard rates are very good compared to other providers, at $0.40 per minute, charges can add up. The service is pay as you go meaning, you can add call/data credit for your usage without being concerned about receiving a bill. Simply add funds locally or prior to your departure as needed Ė similar to what you do when you fill up your car with gas.

In addition, if you would like to either keep your existing US or Canadian cell phone number or you want to make it easier and more affordable for people back home to reach you, we offer a US number add on for only $19. This feature gives you 76 minutes of incoming calls on the US number and/or call forwarding. Feel free to purchase as many buckets of time as you need. This is a great way to get all the benefits of roaming for a small fraction of the price. With or without this feature, all of our rentals include a Philippine phone number.

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For the Philippines 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 $0.15 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
Calls to N. America $0.40 $1.29 $1.29 $1.29 $1.49
* AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobileís 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.
Information and Talk Rates Chart
Key Features Initial Credit Domestic Talk Rates Talk Rates to US/Canada* Text / SMS Rates Internet/Data Service
  • Philippine phone number
  • US number (optional)
  • Free incoming calls
  • Low rates
  • Data
  • Text Messaging
  • Voicemail
  • 300 pesos (approx. USD $7.00)
  • 40 min. Domestic Outgoing
  • 18 min. Outgoing to US
  • Incoming Free
  • US$0.15/min
  • Incoming Free
  • US$0.40/min
  • Incoming Free
  • $.02 domestic / $.35 intl.
  • $0.23 per 30 minutes


Ordering one of our rental phones for use in the Philippines is easy. There are no contracts to sign nor hidden charges. Either order online or speak to one of our expert advisors at 1-800-287-5072 and we can place the order for you. Be sure to add the option US phone number if required and any additional vouchers for calling and/or data. 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 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 Phone Rental is ready to go. When you arrive at your overseas destination, simply turn it on and start using it. If and when you need additional credit, you can purchase it locally at any convenience store or through Cellular Abroad.

Returning your Rental Phone

We will send you a prepaid FedEx Ground return label with your package. Please retain it and, upon return from your trip, drop off the package at FedEx (as per instructions) within 2 business days from the last day of your rental period. Cellular Abroad will charge late fees at their own discretion 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 $29 credit voucher which will start you off with 40 minutes of outgoing calls within the Philippines or 18 minutes of calls back to the US or Canada or 15 hours of data. Additional vouchers may be purchased from Cellular Abroad or from many retailers throughout the Philippines
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $29.00 for initial talk-time voucher (1 per phone).
    • US number add-on (optional)
    • 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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