Cellphones Abroad: Sample Rental Fees Around the World

Cellphone rental fees vary widely according to your destination and the calling plan you choose. Here are some sample fees from around the world. Note: if there’s a charge for incoming calls, you (the renter) pay the fee, not the person who is calling you.

Italy: All Cell Rentals offers one plan for Italy that costs $79.95 for a month’s rental ($29.95 weekly). SIM is included. All incoming/outgoing local and international calls to the U.S. are billed at $1.99 a minute. All Cell also offers a $99.95 a month rental plan for Italy. Incoming local calls are free, outgoing local calls are $.99 a minute, and calls to the U.S. are $1.99 a minute.

France: Cellular Abroad offers a one-month rental plan for France priced at $109.00 ($49 weekly) plus $69.00 for a SIM card (which is yours to keep). The plan offers free incoming calls, and outgoing local calls are billed at about $.75 (.55 euros) per minute. International calls are about $1.05 a minute.

UK: Travel Cell charges $29.99 for one week’s phone rental, $.50 for each additional day. Incoming calls are free, outgoing local calls are $.59 a minute, $.79 per minute to the rest of Europe, and $.69 a minute to North America. SIM included. Voicemail retrieval is $.59 per message.

Africa: Celluar Express’ South Africa plan has a daily rental charge of $2.95, $14.95 for a week, and $49.95 for a month. SIM is included in cost. Optional voicemail service is $.99 per day. International calls are billed at $2.95 a minute, local incoming and outgoing at $1.79.

Asia: International Cellular offers rental charges of $5.00 a day, $25 a week, and $65.00 a month, plus $1.50 insurance coverage per day. Calling charges in China are $2.95 a minute for calls to the U.S., $1.75 a minute for calls within China, and all incoming calls are also billed at $1.75 a minute. SIM included in price. International Cellular’s prices for Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan are similar.

If you’re traveling to Japan or Korea, you’ll need a country-specific phone as telecommunications systems in these countries are not incompatible with other countries’ systems. MyJapanPhone’s plan costs $30 for a week’s rental, $2 for each additional day, $.60 per minute for local calls, calls to the U.S. $.90 a minute and all other international calls are billed at $1.20 a minute. For Korea, Mobal Rental offers $7.00 a day rental rates. Incoming calls are free, local is $.99 a minute, calls to the U.S. are $1.79 a minute.

Additionally you’ll probably have to pay a deposit for the use of the phone, $150-$200, which can be charged to your credit card. The deposit amount will be released when you return the phone in good working order.

Michelle Delio

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