United Kingdom Cell Phone Rentals

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Data Bundle

Both the Deluxe Rental and the iPhone Rentals include 1GB of data. You can purchase an additional 4GB data bundle for a total of 5GB of data for your trip for an additional $10. This is more than enough for 99% of travelers. Data speeds are 3G. In Great Britain, free Wi-Fi may be available and both the Deluxe and iPhone Rentals allow you to access data anywhere, anytime which is convenient a Wi-Fi is not always convenient and is never secure. For just $10 more, get 5GB of highspeed data to safely and conveniently browse the web, check your emails, use Google Maps, stream videos, Skype and more virtually anywhere in the UK.

Choose A Phone

Selected Package Info
Deluxe Rental Phone
4G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • Unlimited minutes to US/Canadian numbers
  • Unlimited minutes to UK numbers
  • 1GB of high speed data (w/ the option of adding more data)
  • Unlimited FREE incoming calls and texts from anywhere
  • Unlimited Lebara to Lebara calls
  • Need more data? Add-on an additional 4GB data - $10
  • Add-on US number - 6 hrs of incoming calls $19
  • 3 in 1 SIM card nano/micro/mini fits all phones!
    (Add-ons available upon checkout)

*Plan and add-ons last for 30 days from your arrival in the UK.

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 one $39 credit bundle - 1000 outgoing US/UK minutes of call time and 1GB of data (data not available for flip phone). This bundle will be in your cart upon checkout and is necessary for your service to work.

UK Cell Phone Rentals

Roaming with a US or Canadian provider such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile is expensive the data speeds are often extremely slow. Our phone rentals are affordable and since you are not roaming, offer blazing fast data speeds, unlimited calling a coverage all across the United Kingdom (this includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

<[>We offer several phone options for travelers the UK ranging from a no-nonsense Motorola flip phone, a Samsung Android "Deluxe" phone and several iPhone options. We recommend renting the type of phone you are already accustomed to. All rentals include unlimited calling to UK numbers, unlimited calling to the USA and Canada and free incoming calls from anywhere plus 1000 text messages within the UK. International text messaging is not included which is why we recommend using an app such as WhatsApp or iMessage if you are renting a smartphone. You also get 1GB of included highspeed data with any smartphone rental. Not enough Data? You can add an additional 4GB of data for just $10. Please note that only the Deluxe (Android) and iPhone Rentals are data compatible. Rentals come with a local UK based phone number with the option of adding a US number. Needless to say, calling and data rates are a just fractions of what you would pay roaming with a US or Canadian cellular provider.

Data Add-on

The Deluxe and iPhone Rentals include 1GB bundle of high speed data which may be enough for light browsing. However, if you plan on using maps or using other heavy data using apps, we recommend adding the extra 4GB of data for just an extra $10 to your rental.

US Number Add-on

While incoming calls are always free, callers from the US or Canada would have to dial an international number to reach you on your rental phone, which can be costly. Adding a US number makes it affordable for people back home to reach you. You can even retain your current phone number simply by forwarding your current number to your new US number. For just $19. you can add 360 minutes of incoming calls on a US number. The US number is in addition to the UK number that comes with the rental. This added feature is available during check out.

Roaming in Europe

You can use your UK cell phone rental anywhere within the EU for no extra charges. The only requirement is that you initially use the phone rental in the United Kingdom before traveling elsewhere. Your plan will not change.

How to Order

Here's how our rentals work; select the departure date and the return date for your trip. If you only need to make and receive calls, we recommend our Standard Rental. If you need to check emails, use Google Maps, browse the web and other activities associated with data, you will need to select a Deluxe Rental or an iPhone Rental. If you are used to an Android phone, we recommend renting the Deluxe phone. If you are used to the iPhone, we recommend renting that model. All phone rentals will add $29 for the unlimited calling. The Deluxe and iPhone rentals include 1GB of data. You can add the extra 4GB of data in the cart. All rentals include chargers and plug adapters, a carrying case and return shipping label. If you need to add more data and/or a US number, you can do so during checkout or when ordering by calling our order hotline at 1.800.287.5072.

Important! If your trip to the United Kingdom is for two or more weeks, please consider purchasing one of our UK packages. Our entry level packages costs about the same as renting a cell phone for two weeks. As our phones are unlocked, they also work with other SIM cards and therefore, you will never have to rent a phone again!

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 give you 1000 outbound minutes of calling anywhere within the UK, Europe and back to the US and Canada. This will also give you an initial 1GB of data if you rent the Deluxe or iPhone Rental.
  • Is there voicemail?
    Voicemail is 19p per minute to access. However, since your service does not have extra credit, if you need to access your voicemail you will need to add credit. The easiest way to do so is to purchase 5GBP of credit within the UK by going to almost any convenience store. Many travelers simply deactivate voicemail. To deactivate your voicemail simply dial 1210 from your handset and press the call button.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $29 for initial talk-time voucher (1 per phone) plus any optional 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.
  • Does the cell phone come with a charger and plug adapters?
  • 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. We recommend adding the optional US number add-on.
  • 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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