The great thing about the digital nomad lifestyle is that all you need is a laptop and WiFi connection and you can work from wherever you are.
The laptop bit is easy enough – but what about a reliable and secure Internet connection when traveling the world?
There might not always be a suitable cafe with internet you can use or offering good enough WiFi for a conference call or send big files, and there may be times that you might want to access from a more isolated place from where you might be more comfortable working from, instead of a cafe or a temporary coworking space… ideally, you want to have Internet with you all the time.
A good, reliable, secure connection that allows you to work on the go independently on the country you are, with a reasonable price is critical for a digital nomad. A great option is ‘MiFi’ – internet via a mobile hotspot.
Let’s take a look at some of the best Mobile Hotspots alternatives in the market:
Skyroam is a clever device that gives you mobile internet access in 120 countries without the need to buy a sim card each time you travel to a new country.
- Fast, unlimited data at 3G or 4G connection speed
- Sim-free and pay-as-you-go – keep costs down by only paying for it when you need it
- Coverage in over 120 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia
- Connect up to five devices at a time
- At £60, the initial payment for the device is cheaper than the others we’ll look at in this post
- Day passes cost €8, so it’s more expensive than a fixed connection or getting WiFi from a cafe (but still cheaper than data roaming)
- The connection may not be fast enough to stream video content
GlocalMe G3 is a smart touchscreen device that helpfully doubles up as a power bank.
- No SIM necessary as it uses special Cloud SIM technology to find and connect to the best network available
- Also has two SIM card slots in case you want to use it as an unlocked WiFi device – great if you find a cheaper deal with a local SIM
- 4G high-speed internet
- Free roaming in over 100 countries
- 15-hour battery and doubles as a power bank so you can charge your devices
- Connect up to five devices at a time
- 1GB initial free data and then manage your data through an app
- Pay-as-you-go for what you need, with 1GB data packages starting at €5
- The device itself is on the pricey side, at around £120
A more affordable option is the TP-LINK M7350 V4, priced at around £74.
- Fast download speeds so you can stream HD movies, download files quickly and use video chat
- Works in most countries
- Connect up to 10 devices at a time
- Screen displays useful information such as battery life remaining, data usage, signal strength and number of devices connected
- Micro SD card slot enables you to store up to 32 GB
- Needs a 4G SIM card, so you’ll need to buy one locally in each country you visit
- Battery life of 8 hours at full capacity, but you can recharge it by connecting it to your laptop
4. Your Mobile phone with Roaming or a Pre-Paid Sim Card
Of course, mobile hotspot devices aren’t the only option for accessing the internet while you’re abroad. You could invest in a phone with dual sim card slots and simply buy a local sim card for each country, enabling you to use your phone as a hotspot device wherever you are.
Alternatively, you could set up an international data roaming plan with your current provider; just make sure you read the small print carefully to avoid running up large bills!
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