International travelers coming to the US now have a convenient option for renting a smartphone with a data plan. Explora today launched its rental service offering customers a Nexus 5 with unlimited voice, text messages and 4G data for $8 a day.
To make things easy, Explora can ship the phone ahead of time to an address, such as your hotel, so that the device is ready to use as soon as you arrive. When you’re done with the phone, you can just ship it back via the included pre-paid envelope.
Explora rentals come pre-loaded with several apps that you might expect to use while traveling, such as Google Maps, Yelp, TripAdvisor and Taxi Magic.
If you’ve ever paid for international roaming fees while traveling in the US, Explora is worth checking out. Visitors on extended trips might find it cheaper to go with their own pre-paid SIM card, but short stays that require heavy data usage would benefit from the unlimited supply that Explora offers.