Top Mobile Hotspots for Digital Nomads: Keep connected to work when traveling around the world

Mobile Hotspots Digital NomadsThe 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 – and today we’re looking at some of the best options:

1. Skyroam

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

 

2. GlocalMe G3 4G LTE

GlocalMe G3 is a smart touchscreen device that helpfully doubles up as a power bank.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • The device itself is on the pricey side, at around £120

 

3. TP-LINK M7350 V4 4G LTE MiFi

A more affordable option is the TP-LINK M7350 V4, priced at around £74.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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 smallprint carefully to avoid running up large bills!

Do you want to check more options to keep connected while traveling and working abroad? Take a look at our post about How to Have Reliable Internet Connection to Work While Traveling Abroad.

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