Explora Lauches Smartphone Rental Service

smartphoneExplora reports the availability of its smartphone rental service for international travelers visiting the United States. For a flat-rate of $8 per day, Explora’s communication and travel guide solution eliminates the complexities and high costs associated with international roaming, the company says.

Explora says it delivers Google Nexus 5 smartphones, which include unlimited nationwide calling, text messaging and 4G data. Each Explora smartphone includes special travel offers and benefits from more than 40 pre-loaded apps that make-up Explora’s “Ultimate Travel Companion” service, Explora says.
Pre-loaded apps include Facebook, Google Maps, Skype, Expedia, TripAdvisor and Yelp, and the first special offer is from Taxi Magic, where Explora customers receive $10 off their first cab fare.

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“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world and the #1 issue is always communication and navigation. Explora solves these problems through a convenient and cost-effective smartphone rental service,” said Raj Patel, founder and CEO of Explora. “We believe global communication and data connectivity should be ubiquitous for travelers, which is why we started Explora - a company created by travelers for travelers.”
Sent directly to a specified hotel or residential address in the U.S., Explora is waiting for travelers when they arrive. Upon departure, they simply return the device by pre-paid return envelope.
Citing Juniper Research, Explora notes roaming globally will account for $57 billion in revenue for telecommunications companies this year, and that number is expected to rise to $90 billion by 2018. About one-third of those revenues are derived from data roaming fees, rising to 50 percent over the next four years.
“That’s a lot of money coming straight out of a traveler’s pocket,” added Patel. “Valuable dollars Explora saves travelers that could be used to enjoy their visit in the U.S. or even plan for their next trip.”
International travelers visiting the United States can reserve an Explora smartphone by visiting www.exploraphones.com.

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