Mobile cell phone rental...

Aug 13th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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Mobile cell phone rental...

Interested in buying a cell phone for temporary use in the UK.

Anyone ever used or

Did you have any issues? Do you have a preference?

I want a phone that I can call my local friends in UK and my friends back in USA while I am there.

Thank you!
picture_girl is offline  
Aug 13th, 2008, 10:27 AM
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With selling unlocked phones for $40, I don't see much point to renting.

With a free SIM from you can do everything you mentioned.

Virgin Mobile also has a free SIM:

Both carriers require a UK address, but you can use your hotel's.
Robespierre is offline  
Mar 24th, 2009, 01:20 PM
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why dont u try looking at they have phones available for use in the UK.I rented a phone from them and its was cheap and worked great.
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Mar 24th, 2009, 01:53 PM
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Travelcell gets $15 a week + $2.50 a day + $20 shipping + airtime every time you travel.

And you don't even own the phone!

None for me, thanks.
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Mar 25th, 2009, 06:45 AM
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Hi PG,

Mobal has very high per minute rates. I would recommend them only for emergency use.

ira is offline  
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:07 AM
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pg- just use your cell with a local SIM.
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Mar 25th, 2009, 08:37 AM
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Local SIMs are always an option - but you can use up half your vacation getting one and setting it up when you arrive in each country - plus your phone number is constantly changing. I'd say: pick one that covers all the countries you will visit, based on minimum outlay for the chip and the kind of airtime you will need (in-country, US, texting). Some "out of network" fees are absolutely obscene, but many are quite reasonable.
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Mar 25th, 2009, 10:18 AM
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It should be added that when you buy a one-country SIM, the cost of acquiring it is essentially wasted when you move on to another country. There will probably be airtime left on it, but you can use that up (albeit at exorbitant rates) at the next stop.
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