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Why rent a mobile phone?
One of the most unforeseen expenses when traveling is the exorbitantly expensive hotel telephone charges you are presented with when checking-out, or the invoice you receive from your mobile carrier with incredibly high charges for roaming. This is a hidden cost the travel and telecom industries are aware that most consumers do not ever bother to price shop. Hotels and mobile carriers believe the convenience of the overpriced services often outweigh the charges. The lack of options you have when it is time for you to make that important call back home or to the office is when they know you will be willing to pay up.
“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.”
International Cell Phones
When traveling, renting international cell phones can free you from the 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 back home.
There are two very good reasons for renting a cell phone while you travel.
- 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 with 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. 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. This is where charges can begin to get expensive – roaming rates. Are there any ways around paying these rates?
- 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 service.