Rent a cell phone for South Africa and get unlimited 4G/5G speed data*. Nowadays, it is all about the data in terms of cell phone service as that is what is needed for web browsing, to use GPS, to book an Uber or a taxi or to check into your flight. And of course, with apps, you can also make phone calls. We recommend Talkatone as you can call the US or Canada for free. Talkatone works like this, you download the app on your rental phone for South Africa (you can do this before your trip with Wi Fi) and once it is on your phone, you will have a US phone number as well as the ability to make and receive unlimited calls and texts to the US and Canada – calls even to landlines. Please note however that you need to rent an iPhone 6, 8 or X to download most apps. Another app of course that many use is WhatsApp.
The rental process works like this; simply select the phone rental you are interested in, either the Android or one of the iPh0nes. Then, enter the actual departure date and the actual return date. We will send the phone to your home or address in the US or Canada before your departure date – time permitting, 2 or 3 business days prior. Once you are done, simply drop the phone off at USPS with the prepaid package we provide (US only, Canadian customers must ship the rental phone back to Cellular Abroad at their own expense).
The phone comes complete with all chargers and adapters for South Africa, brief instructions and a return label and is ready to use as soon as you land. The phone rental also works in the neighboring countries of Botswana and Mozambique, but not however, in Zimbabwe.
*Please note that, although it is standard policy in the cellular business to advertise the term, “unlimited”, there is a “Fair Usage Policy” that specifies caps at 10GB each 14 days of your rental, which is enough data for 99% of all travelers.