Here's how to get internet access on the cheap while traveling abroad
So, where do you get these portable Wi-Fi hotspots that work in foreign countries? Well, we found several service providers that would gladly rent or sell you one. Read along to learn more about them!
5 Global Wi-Fi hotspots
Prices at Tep are a bit steeper, but instead of buying your own dongle, you can rent one from the provider. If traveling to Europe, for example, you'll spend $64 per week for 500MB of data, while $113 gets you unlimited megabytes (fair usage policy applies). Data is cheaper in some countries, however, so check out the provider's web page for more info. Currently, Tep offers coverage across nearly 50 countries worldwide.
3. XCom Global
XCom Global offers all-you-can-eat mobile data in 175 countries across Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East and Pacific Asia. In exchange, it charges you $14.95 per day with the mobile hotspot rental fee included. In addition, the provider offers Nexus 7 tablets for rent for only $1 per day.
If all you need is a data-capable SIM card, iPhoneTrip has them in stock. iPhones and iPads are available for rent as well, with global cellular data service included, of course. Data charges vary depending on which country you're travelling to, but if Europe is your destination, for example, then you'll be spending $6 per day for a 50MB allowance, or $15 for unlimited data. What's great about iPhoneTrip is that it provides data service across over 200 countries.
With the Goodspeed hotspot by Uros you can have data access across 10 European countries at a time (fair usage policy of 1GB per day applies). But instead of getting one SIM card that works in all listed destinations, there are 10 SIM cards pre-installed in the device. Service is available for about $13 per day, but you'll have to buy the hotspot yourself. And it definitely doesn't come cheap - Amazon is offering it for over $360.
1. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
In Europe most of the coffee shops and bars I have been to have their own free wifi. Might not be as convenient but a hell of a lot cheaper.
2. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
This is very good information! Any news of similar services in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Malaysia? Much appreciated! :-)
3. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
seems like iphonetrip and xcom are good bargains..
5. Jennylouis25 (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
I used iphonetrip services and they and they have great service and fair prices.
They sent me an additional sim to use on my next trip. Sure I will!