Having constant Internet access is great, but traveling internationally presents a real problem for those looking to stay connected while abroad without paying exorbitant roaming fees.
Tep Wireless looks to eliminate that problem with their pocket wifi rental. It works like any wireless broadband Internet, but the device is portable and fits in your pocket. Tep sends you your modem a few days before your trip, and you can drop it off at the airport or send it back in a pre-paid return label once you return. Company research has shown that it can save travelers up to 95% on roaming fees. The device itself is a small modem that fits in the palm of your hand. It connects to the largest networks in the world such as Vodafone, via the SIM card inside of the device.
From a BBC article about Tep’s service, “according to research commissioned by the company, the average smartphone data consumption is 10MB a day. Over the course of a 10-day business trip in Europe this could cost around £210 ($338; 240 euros).
When business travellers work on the internet from their phones, that can go up to as much as 40 to 60MB a day, costing between £80 and £120 a day, or between £800 and £1,200 for a 10-day trip.
This is unlikely to change in the near future, according to Juniper Research‘s Nitin Bhas.”
There’s also no software to install or configuration required to use the modem, so it works seamlessly with smartphones, laptops, tablets, and any other Wi-Fi enabled device. This makes the pocket wifi more compatible than international SIM cards, which only work in unlocked devices and can’t be used with many laptops.
The service is available in numerous countries across 5 of the world’s continents in single and multiple-country packages. You can find out more and place an online at www.tepwireless.com.
You can find Tep on Facebook (tepwireless) and Twitter (@tepwireless).