One of the most unforeseen
expenses when traveling are the over-priced hotel
telephone charges you are presented with when checking-out,
or the invoice you receive when you get back home from your
mobile carrier with incredibly high rates for mobile
roaming. This is a hidden cost the travel and telecom
industries are aware that consumers rarely ever bother to
price shop. The travel industry and mobile carriers believe
the convenience of providing pricey, easy-to-access communication
services often outweigh the surcharges consumers are willing
to pay. While traveling, the lack of options available to
you when it's time to make that important call back home or
to the office is when they know you'll be least inclined to
search for lower cost alternatives.
"It is, of course, true that
absurdly high roaming charges are an international scandal
and each time I've used my cell phone overseas, the bill has
given me more than a minor heart attack"
When traveling, renting international cell phones can
free you from being locked to a hotel phone service
or your own personal roaming cell phone while providing
reliable and yes, even an economical way of calling
There are two very good reasons
for renting a cell phone while you travel.
1) Telecom Standards: Your local mobile
phone is designed for a specific telecom standard. There are
many available today such as CDMA, TDMA, AMPS, GSM and others.
Each have their benefits. Europe is mostly standardized on
GSM while other areas of the world vary greatly. North America
offers virtually all standards, but services between different
regions vary. You may be traveling to a country in where the
local standard is different from the one your phone supports
(visit our Service Area page).
Even in instances where the standards are identical, compatibility
is not guaranteed (technical glitches or complexity in setting
up your mobile for compatibility). In addition, your mobile
carrier must have roaming agreements in place with the local
providers, usually not a problem, but this is how charges
begin to get expensive - roaming rates. Is there any way around
paying such exorbitant fees? Read on!
2) Local Rates: Quite often the local rate
(non-roaming rate) for incoming calls are free in most countries
(not usually the case in North America). Also, when calling
out, local mobile phone rates are much cheaper in comparison
to the charges a user pays who is connected through a roaming
There are two methods in how you are charged when roaming.
First, when in a foreign country and making a call to a local
number through a roaming service, you pay the normal local
airtime rate, plus an extra roaming fee. The calling rates
vary greatly per country and in some cases may change based
on the carrier you are connected through at the time of the
call (there may be different providers who can connect you
in the same region), hence the confusion.
Secondly, charges are even higher when you make long distance
calls. You pay the roaming charge plus an extra fee for long
distance calls based on agreements between your carrier and
the local provider. In most cases, travelers don't have a
clue as to what price they are being billed for when making
a call. Like I mentioned earlier, the carriers know it is
the service convenience that matters.
Renting a cell phone with a local number will turn the pricing
model in your favor (visit our Cell
phone rental page). One of the greatest benefits with
this option is the ability to receive unlimited free incoming
calls* from anywhere in the world. You will be charged
by the local provider as a non-roaming subscriber. In other
words, you are paying the rate of a local user and not one
of a foreigner in roam mode, and we all know when traveling
if you are singled out as being a foreigner - you will be
overcharged! The only disadvantage is the phone number you
will be provided is not your own. If you are expecting phone
calls on your existing mobile cell number, well... you will
have to set-up some alternative options. Several solutions
are; leave a voicemail on your personal cell phone directing
callers to your international cell phone number, call forward
your calls to your international cell phone, or take your
personal cell phone along - take the call, and then redirect
the caller to your new number.
To sum it all up, when traveling, renting an international
cell phone will ensure compatibility, all
the while saving you money. Not to mention
the opportunity of trying out the latest and greatest in new
Visit our rentals page for information on renting international
cell phones and see for yourself the great selection and
service options we offer.
from below a destination you are traveling to:
International Cell Phone for Canada
International Cell Phone for Europe
Cell Phone for USA
Cell Phone for ASIA
*Not all countries have free local unlimited incoming calls.