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Use all of those cool iPhone apps when you're traveling abroad? If so, you should expect some hefty data roaming charges.

"This is a big problem for smartphone owners," says Guy Zbarsky, co-founder of iPhoneTrip, which rents out iPhones and SIM cards for international travel.

IPhoneTrip's SIM card rental packages start for as little as $15 per day. Each package includes unlimited Internet in more than 120 countries and free VoIP calls. Some iPhone rental packages include insurance in case the item gets damaged.

Fixing an iPhone could cost you up to $100. There's a charge if you break the iPhone beyond repair and didn't purchase the optional insurance, says Zbarsky.

Other companies also offer smartphone rentals. For example, you can rent a BlackBerry for international travel from TravelCell based in New York or Cellhire, which has offices in Dallas, New York, Chicago, Washington and Seattle.


 

 

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