Let’s say you’re a guy — or you just don’t like to chat on the phone, period. Why pay for your special international service?
You shouldn’t. Renting a phone is the smarter option for light talkers, says Sebastian Harrison, president of Cellular Abroad. Especially if you’re visiting only one country. “It really depends on the person’s itinerary,” Harrison says, because “not every phone in the U.S. even works overseas, and usually the ones that do are the higher-end phones.” So, if you’re only making the trek to one country, or more importantly, your phone isn’t enabled for that country, you should talk like the locals do.
Harrison suggests getting a rental phone through your destination’s local service provider, or Cellular Abroad’s website
, which offers phone rentals by country. Another option is Travel Cell
, a cell phone rental provider with locations around the world. In France, for example, you only pay $1.99 a day for the service, which gives you free in-country text messages and phone calls, with an additional 89-cent fee for outgoing calls.
Pros: Most rental phones are prepaid, so you know what you’re getting up front. Also, you don’t need to worry about whether the phone’s going to work when you need it.
Cons: Country-hoppers will need a multi-country phone if you rent. We recommend National Geographic’s Regional and Multi-Country phones
, which were designed with world travelers in mind.
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