Renting an International Cell Phone

By: Bob Downs

As a business traveler, student abroad, or an occasional tourist, you don't want to have to worry about staying in touch with the office, family back home, or traveling companions. Using a cell phone to stay in touch is convenient and cost effective. Cell phones can be used to confirm or make reservations, call home, or confirm business appointments. They also let you avoid the extraordinary international calling rates charged by hotels and pay phones.
Many travelers don't realize that the cell phone standards and equipment we use in the USA are incompatible with the GSM (Global System for worldwide Mobile communication) 900/1800 standards used abroad. If your phone does work overseas, depending on your service, you can wind up paying expensive roaming rates plus other hidden charges.
Simply put, your cell phone probably does not work overseas. This means that if you want to stay in touch by cell phone you will need to buy or rent a compatible phone.

Most of us don't travel frequently enough to warrant buying an international phone.
Thankfully, you can rent an international cell phone on the internet before you depart. We think this is a better option then renting a phone on arrival at your destination because local inventories tend to be depleted and phones may not be available at all times and, you won't be able to disseminate your contact number before you depart. If you rent from one of the companies on the web, remember that not all companies include all charges in their quoted rates (be sure that you read their terms). This can result in your charges being 2 to 3 times more than the quoted minute rates. These companies also rent satellite phones for locations where cell phone coverage is limited suchas, cruises, undeveloped regions and state parks.
Roberts Rent-A-Phone is one of the online cell phone rental companies. During their 15 years of service to the travel industry they have developed a highly regarded reputation for providing quality equipment and personal customer service.
Roberts has developed a simple one page order/contract form. Unlike their competitors, there are no hidden charges and there is no fine print. They do not add VAT taxes, international connectivity charges, roaming or surcharges to their quoted rates. Their phones work in over 130 countries, with simple order forms designed for different regions of travel worldwide.
These regions include: Africa, Asia (including Australia), Caribbean, Europe, Eastern Europe, France only, Italy only, Middle East, South America and the UK. More information about International Cell Phone Rental is available at roberts-rent-a-phone.com or by calling our customer service center Toll Free (800) 964-2468

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