We are a generation of social media obsessed fiends. Asides millennials who know nothing else, the older generation seem to be catching up on the fever that is social media. It is a new dawn and mobile providers know we need our regular doses wherever we might find ourselves.
Ever been on a journey outside your home country and forgot to turn off data roaming? If you’ve experienced this, you’ll realize data cost about one hundredth its original price once you step out of your normal coverage area. And being who we are now, leaving without the intranet is akin to suicide (for most of us). After learning this lesson the hard way, I stumbled on a solution to help reduce expenditure otherwise spent on roaming but still get wireless service on the go (sadly, I am married to my smartphone).
There are a couple of options available, for instance getting a local sim and phone, wherever you find yourself, which basically requires showing up with your passport and documentation ensuring you aren’t an illegal. If you own an unlocked mobile, then you need not worry, as paying for a pay as you go sim with data is relatively easy in most countries. On the other hand, if your phone is locked, you’ll need a device with Hotspot capabilities and that would cost you extra money.
Using your phone as a Hotspot definitely eats into your battery life even on devices with amazing battery life.
The other option which I consider the best is to buy a Mobile hotspot device. This are usually sold network locked and finding one unlocked is sometimes very difficult. But no need to look any further, provided below are a few unlocked options and where to make your order just in time for use on your next trip.
The Mobile WiFi device is simple to use. it comes with a sim portal and all you need to is load up a local pre-paid sim, based on how much data you think you’ll need and how much you can afford and voila you have yourself a “MiFi” that can be used anywhere local coverage permits.
The advantages are you can connect multiply devices, all at once, carry it about with you, and not worry about only visiting places with open internet access.
They come with a battery which lasts for upwards of 6 hours and longer depending on brand, and included is a charging cable in case it runs out of juice along the way. Some devices act as a power pack allowing you charge up your phone battery as you browse (sweet).
If you don’t want to spend on a “MiFi” device for whatever reason (you travel once in 4 years and unwind completely on holiday, no calls, no internet, just you, yourself and a canon). Then, there are services that rent mobile WiFi all over the globe. You can opt for this service when needed or required.
The Huawei E5770 is a premium unlocked Wi-Fi hotspot that’s available in black or white. The LTE device has a large battery that can deliver mobile Internet for up to 20 hours on a single charge. It can support up to 10 connected devices, and comes with a microSD card slot. This is an excellent option for users who switch carriers often.
The Huawei E533, affordable and good-looking mobile hotspot that comes unlocked, thus allowing buyers to choose their own service provider. Its network connectivity tops out at 3G HSPA+ this means you wouldn’t get the fastest Wi-Fi speeds necessarily but it’ll still serve for checking and sending emails and web browsing on the go. Huawei offers the E5330 in black or white.
KuWFi Unlocked Travel Partner 4G Wifi Router
KuWFi Unlocked Travel Partner 4G Wifi Router 100Mbps mini Mobile Hotspot Portable Wireless 3G 4G Wi-Fi Router with SIM Card Slot (not including SIM card)
Unlocked Pocket 100Mbps 4G LTE Mobile WiFi Hotspot 3G 4G WiFi Router with SIM Slot
Unlocked Unite Pro Netgear 781S 4G LTE WiFi Wireless Mobile Broadband Hotspot
Glocalme Unlocked Travel Wifi
Glocalme Unlocked Travel Wifi Free Roaming Global Mobile Wifi Hotspot Embedded One Cloud SIM Card (No Local SIM Card Required) Support Over 100 countries(Italy/Europe/UK/France/Germany/MiddleEast/Thailand/Singapore/Japan/Korea/Hong Kong/China etc.) Featured Ethernet Travel Router & Power Bank (Black)
Portable 4G Mobile Hotspot 100Mbps 4G LTE
Portable 4G Mobile Hotspot 100Mbps 4G LTE Mobile Wi-Fi Router 3G USB Wi-Fi dongle Modem with SIM Card slot Support 3/4G network For Outdoor And Indoor On The Bus Or In Car (SIM card not included)
Huawei E5776 150 Mbps 4G LTE & 42 Mbps 3G
Huawei E5776 150 Mbps 4G LTE & 42 Mbps 3G Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot (4G LTE in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa & 3G globally)
Power – Power – and Even more Power
The next challenge for the always online social media addict on a trip is (yes you guessed right) battery life. Some of the newest gadgets (smartphones, tablets) have astonishing battery life, but we’re constantly updating our twitter pages, posting on the ‘gram, snapchatting, documenting every little event or scenery we come across with short homage videos.
So how do you keep your battery going all the time, it’s quite simple, invest in a power pack. There are numerous available brands in the market today, but like every commodity readily available, there are mass produced, not up to standard products that in the long term cost you more , but also available are the ones you pay a little bit more for but get great service and durability for years. These gems are worth every penny and function like a Maserati. Luckily, we’ve done the research and have a few penny wise options available.
Anker PowerCore 10000 with Quick Charge 3.0
Advertised as the world’s smallest quick charge 3.0 portable, this portable is smaller than a deck of cards and lighter than a can of soup. This compact high-capacity charger is amongst the first ever to utilize quick charge. Compatible devices charge up to 80% in half an hour. Non-quick charge devices are also charged at max speed. The PowerCore boasts of up to three phone charges or a single tablet charge at full capacity. It automatically knows what current to deliver and also comes with a surge protector
it is a power bank but the CHJGD Kaset is an innovative design in honour of the vintage cassette tape( for millennials this was an innovation that allowed increased portability to music).
This power bank is an ode to that bygone era. It’s highly portable, highly functional and works beautifully at keeping you connected with your music and anything else you love on your phone
Being touted as the world’s smallest 10000mAh power bank, this ultra-compact power bank charges an iPhone 6 or 6s or Samsung S6 up to 4 times. Multi device connectivity, quick charge and detection of input of voltage, this device doesn’t just shine through when it comes to recharging your devices but is designed to also look spectacular.
A list of other options