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I have an unlocked Mifi hotspot. I can stick any sim card in it I want. So if I’m going to be in a country for awhile and need mobile data, I can stick a local sim card in it for the best rates.
But if I’m going to be there just a short time, I’ve been using Gigsky. Their sim card lets me buy a local plan for a fixed amount of data through their app. I get better data rates than roaming and faster speeds than T-mobile (3G/4G versus 2G). I have to buy a new prepaid plan for each country I visit, though.
The device is Android-based and provides a worldwide 3G and 4G wireless hotspot that can support up to 5 connections, for instance a couple of laptops and three phones.
You buy a plan, or use it pay-as-you-go at €0.05 per meg. You can buy worldwide packages for ~ $33 per gig, or specific country packages that are cheaper. It’s got a 6,000mAh battery so it’s long lasting and can be used as a power brick to recharge your phone. There’s 2 sim card slots so you can also use the device as an unlocked hotspot with a local sim card if you wish.
Glocalme offers worldwide roaming, so you buy only one plan rather than having to buy a new prepaid plan in each country. Their major gaps are in Africa, the ‘Stans, as well as Iran, Iraq, and Belarus.
One device, internet coverage in 108 countries, and much better than access through a mobile provider. Some people love T-mobile, and that provides the convenience of just using your phone anywhere in the world. But I can’t handle the slow speeds, so haven’t made that switch. I carry a mobile hotspot instead, and this one could be a better solution than what I’ve been using.