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There’s no need to be worried about getting online if you’re on a boat. With Tep Wireless you can go sailing with 4G Internet in your pocket.
Although sailing has always been connected with the ideas of freedom and escape from civilization, times are changing and there are numerous reasons a person may still want to log on while chilling out. The advancement of technology has brought along several options for getting Internet on a boat. Of course you can do things in the old school way (read: stay offline), but why not have the comfort of being connected whenever you want to? Having choice is always nice, isn’t it?
The fanciest yachts feature, among all manner of luxury equipment, giant antennas and routers which are capable of receiving Internet connections at virtually the speed of light. And of course, these conveniences cost a fortune. But if you are setting up a sailing trip on a rental boat, you will probably be searching how to get a high speed connection on a boat without spending a fortune.
One of the simplest and cheapest methods of hooking up to the Net and having a Wi-Fi hotspot on board is a portable MiFi device. If you follow this blog, you probably already know that I am using TEP Wireless on my trips (check out my Tep Wireless review, where I explain how TEP works and why you should get one). During my last trip, this toy helped me to set up boat wifi for my friends and myself.
New Features for Calling and Messaging
When I recently upgraded to the new 4G Tep, I learned that not only is the Internet even faster (it was 3G previously) but also there is a new upgrade: the useful Tep+ Call & Messaging app (see all of Tep New Travel Extras here), which adds even more new options for staying connected.
You simply add credit via the app (you can pay as you go or buy a bundle) and call or text any country. The prices are super low. For example, calling back to Czech Republic costs me $0.03/minute to landlines, $0.08 to cell phones, and $0.05 per SMS. It would be nearly impossible to find other marine Wi-Fi systems with this kind of value.
For travel within Europe many people use roaming and that’s fine – but if you take a sailing trip in the Caribbean, for example, the roaming fees would be outrageous. Also, if you are traveling with other friends who have Tep and you get separated, you can call, text, or video chat with each other for free.
Using Tep Wireless During a Sailing Trip
When planning my sailing trip around Sardinia, the feeling of freedom and disconnection make me feel a little nervous. As someone who works online, I can’t afford to be disconnected for too long; I need to respond to emails and share awesome pictures with my audience. Therefore, getting Internet on a boat was essential. With Tep Wireless I was able to make it happen.
There are at least three good reasons why this device is a great companion on sailing trips:
It is very compact. Perhaps one of my favorite features is the portability. During sailing as well as many other travel-related situations, it is not possible to deal with many cables or bulky devices. These items could get wet or possibly fall and be broken. Therefore, size and efficiency is everything. This device is smaller than an apple and can fit into your pocket very easily. Needless to say, keeping it in a bag, briefcase, or pocket doesn’t interfere with the signal, so you had better attach it to something on board – a boat’s deck can be pretty unsteady!
It can last 8 hours on one charge. Since Sardinia has some of the most beautiful beaches, there is no better solution for an evening than to find an awesome bay, drop the anchor, and stay overnight. While on the boat, there was no access to electricity outside the harbor. Sometimes, we were away from power sources for 30 or 40 hours. Although I had to make sure to switch off the device when not in use, 8 hours of boat wifi was more than enough to get me to the next charging opportunity. I was so happy to have the option to go online whenever I wanted!
Reliable Internet – even 4G. After testing, I can honestly say that I had a better connection from the MiFi device than when using a normal roaming. I was surprised about how huge the difference was; in many areas, my phone on normal roaming was only able to get me signal strength of H or F, which is very poor. I could perhaps get basic notifications but it was virtually impossible to upload sets of pictures anywhere online. When using Tep Wireless, I always got at least 3G and sometimes 4G with the device.
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Without any doubt, I strongly recommend this device for sailing and other adventure travels. Of course, you have to ask yourself how much you really need Internet and whether you will make enough use of it to be worth it. You pay for it daily, so you’ve got to make it count.
Tep Wireless is a perfect solution for a group of friends or digital nomads that simply need the Internet to exist. One great thing is the delivery service – when you rent a device it’s delivered right to your door before your trip. No more running around and searching for local SIM cards. Plans start from $8.95 per day.
In order to get a discount of 15% off your rental of a Tep Wireless device, make sure to use the coupon code VeronikasAdventure at checkout.
Tep Wireless asked me to test out their device and review it. All opinions are, as always, my own.