Travel Tips: Best Wifi Hotspots


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Sonia Gil gives you some travel tips for choosing the best wifi hotspots when traveling.

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  1. I use Keepgo! It's really good!! I've visited four European countries with this mobile hotspot plus some places in North America. It's pay as you go and you get to decide how much data you want to load (from 500MB to 3GB). Loading more is easy. It's just online. I never had trouble with signal strength(4G LTE). It comes with its own plug adapter and the battery life is very good (10h with moderate use)! I wish Keepgo was available in more Asian countries. ūüôā

  2. Fuck that shit 90 $ for 5 days … why doesnt the usa just fund for all americans to get internet..smh … can u do an update on newer devices .. that would be highly appreciated

  3. Hello Sonia,
    Just ordered this "pocket wifi" for my trip to Europe in a few weeks, but have read some other reviews online saying it is a fraud company.  I'm worried and would like to know if this company is really legit, otherwise I a most likely to call and cancel my rental agreement with them.

  4. Okay, pretty sure you just compared a domestic hotspot service with an international MVNO that charges $12 a day gor unlimited internet.

  5. Why are people using the internet while on vacation anyway?  It's a vacation!   Turn the phone off.  I needed service while traveling Europe.  AT&T was my carrier, notified them in advance.  They signed me up for a $50.00 package which was plenty.  Just used my phone for navigation and basic travel info.  Turn off roaming when not in use.  When at hotel, use wifi for free.  Not to mention all the cafes that had free internet as well.   Facebook, youtube, ect can wait till I'm back in the US.

  6. what about one that works in SE Asia countries? I spend 2 wks x 6 a year there for work. any advise would be fantastic. thankyou!

  7. My tip is to pay for airport internet if you're going to be there a while and then buy a local SIM card and a local data plan once you get to your country of destination. You can turn an old phone or an iPad etc into a mobile hotspot if it has that capability OR you can make the one-time purchase of an unlocked mobile hotspot from Amazon or your local somewhat shady electronics store. Huawei is a good brand that works in America, Europe, Asia, Africa etc and the hotspot is a one-time investment between $60-70. Whenever you get to a new country, buy a sim (usually VERY cheap) and a data plan (usually MUCH) cheaper than hotel internet.

  8. You always give the best tips! Have you done a video on messaging internationally while traveling? If not, can you please do one ūüôā
    Thank you! 

  9. Tough subject.

    There are many facets to what works as does not.  One is the underlying technology;  the 3G protocol used by Verizon/Sprint is found in very few places outside the US.  The 3G used by T-Mobile is fairly exclusive to them.  4G HSPA+ is the best option for most of the world; LTE is becoming more widespread but with 58 bands and most devices supporting only a fraction of that number the question is does your device have the proper bands for the countries of interest.   As to those asking why not just use your existing device and the built in 3G/4G, the answer is if your device is usable where you travel then what does it cost?  Data roaming charges are outrageously high; I have burned through $40/day in Canada just doing a few searches (device set to not roam most of the time), and roaming rates in Canada are cheap relative to other countries.  The best option right now is the one US carrier that now offers free data roaming in more than 100 countries; and devices on their network support HSPA+ and LTE.

    Someone here recommended Karma.  Karma is nice (I have had one since day one).  The biggest issues are it is US only, and then the coverage is very small.  I live in Silicon Valley, and probably less than 1/2 of the immediate SF Bay area has usable coverage.  I will be in Phoenix next week; 0 coverage.  Was in Longmont, Colorado last week; 0 coverage.  A device that covers only 1% of the US and nowhere outside the US is not a solution for traveling.

    I have been around the ballpark on this issue, and have tried all the options.  Last year in Peru I just used WiFi, which was pretty much everywhere (and free in most places).   Next month, off to Ireland and I will be testing out using the free data roaming on the one US carrier offering that option.  Still pondering what to take to Bhutan later in the year.


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