Cell phone rental for Paris

Old Aug 7th, 2005, 04:39 PM
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Cell phone rental for Paris

Does anyone have any reccomendations on the cheapest way to rent a cell phone? What company did you use?
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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 05:30 PM
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It would be best to buy your own cellphone.
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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 05:45 PM
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In the US, you have to sign a contract for a year for a cell phone. When we were in England last summer, we rented a cell phone in the US for use in England.

We were planning on doing the same thing this year for our trip to Paris. So, I am interested in you think that buying a phone is a better deal.

Thank you
 
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You can buy your own GSM phone and take it to Europe, buy a local SIM and use it (prepaid minutes). No service contract required.

You can buy a $49 phone from Mobalrental.com - they will include a SIM and charge you for the minutes you use - no monthly fees, no contract. The rates can be high but it's ok for emergency use. Otherwise, see if you can unlock the phone and buy a SIM in Paris to use (cheaper minutes).

You could sign up with T-Mobile, Verizon or ATT, get a GSM phone (make sure it's at least a tri-band, quad is better) and use the same phone in both the US and Europe. (I use T-Mobile, works fine for me both places; $0.99/minute for roaming in Europe).
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Old Aug 7th, 2005, 06:34 PM
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That's interesting. I use Verizon in the US. They don't have removable SIM cards in the phone. So, I don't know if our phone would work in Paris. I'll check around and see what I find out. Thanks for the advice.
 
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You have to have the correct type of phone...

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/m...hone/index.jsp

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/d...topicID=48#182
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I failed to list Cingular as well:

http://www.cingular.com/customer_service/roaming_gen


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Old Aug 8th, 2005, 07:41 AM
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I upgraded to a quad band phone (Cingular) and had the int'l. roaming feature already since I was a former AT&T customer. I just paid for the calls--expensive @ $1.29/minute but it was for short conversations. I used a telecarte for longer calls. It's just my choice to have this combination of cellphone and telecarte.
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Old Aug 8th, 2005, 07:42 AM
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Check eBay. I bought a Nokia 5110 for $10 and a Virgin SIM (for UK) for £1.99
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