Top Mobile Hotspots for Digital Nomads

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 WiFi? There might not always be a suitable cafe with internet you can use, and there may be times you want access from an unusual spot (say the beach, or the side of a mountain).

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

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!

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