It’s time to stop worrying about poor Internet connections in hotels, expensive roaming fees, and purchasing local SIM cards. Tep Wireless keeps you connected, wherever you go.
We have all been there – you arrive to a new country and want to find some information online. No matter whether it is for getting an Uber from the airport, booking a place to stay, or reading about places to explore – Wi-Fi is just super handy to have.
Although many hotels and airports claim to have free Wi-Fi, its quality and speed always brings me a lot of headaches. I have wasted so much time sitting around and trying to get an Internet connection.
Seriously – as a blogger with a majority of my income coming from Internet-related work, I just can’t afford NOT to be connected. I need to be in touch with clients and partners, upload text and high-resolution images, research articles online and of course keep sharing updates on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter while I’m on the go.
Lately, I have started to buy local SIM cards in the countries I am travelling in just to be sure I can connect when I need to. For example, in Finland I got a SIM card with 10 days of unlimited Internet for only 7 euros (what a dream come true!) Most of the time, it is unfortunately much more expensive: in Tunisia and Turkey I paid about 30 euros and the Internet wasn’t even unlimited.
Getting a local SIM card is not always easy — unless you arrive at a major airport, there is often no place to buy one and you have to search for one in the city. Sometimes, you have to present a surprising number of documents; for example in Taiwan, you have to present a local ID card, while in Nepal you need a passport photo. Of course, we can’t always expect to have all the required documents on hand everywhere we go, right?
Based on everything I’ve written above, having a private hotspot sounds like a promissing solution. I have used them before during big blogging projects in cooperation with some tourism boards. Recently, I got such a toy from Tep Wireless for myself to try out. Let me tell you more…
What is Tep Wireless
Tep Wireless is a WiFi device that works without a SIM card or cables. Sometimes, people call it Mi-Fi or pocket Wi-Fi. They basically allow you to connect to the local 3G/4G mobile network and create a private Internet connection. It is possible to connect up to five devices at the same time (including smartphones, notebooks, tablets and other devices). You can also share the Wi-Fi with friends – the signal is accessible up to 15 meters around you.
How It Works
In order to avoid crazy expensive roaming fees or local SIM cards, you can rent a Tep Wireless hotspot with unlimited Internet that works in the country that you are travelling to. The device is shipped to you a few days before your trip. Once when you arrive to the new country, you can simply turn the device on and it connects your devices to the Wi-Fi network. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
Once your journey is over, you can use the included pre-paid shipping label to mail your device back. Or there is a second option for frequent users – you can purchase your own device and then pay for the Internet when you need it.
Using Tep Wireless
My Tep package came with a hotspot, USB cable, international adapter, and a manual, all in a little zippered pouch. It is very light and convenient for carrying around – it can even fit into the pocket of my women’s travel handbag without difficulty.
I took the device on a trip to the Moravia region in Czech Republic. I am not usually a very technology-savvy person, but I still was able to quickly make it run and get connected smoothly. There is no need to install or configure anything! It is handy and makes it possible to work or do things online anywhere. Basically, you can connect to the Internet whenever you have access to a mobile network.
The connection was reliable; I was sitting in the park and could still upload big pictures to the server and do lots of other things.
These are some of the ways I have used my Tep Wireless device:
- Skyping with friends
- Finding timetables for local public transportation
- Translating a document with the help of Google Translate
- Responding to comments on my Facebook page and uploading travel pictures
- Working on my laptop on the bus and in the park
- Sharing my personal Wi-Fi connection with other people
Downloading speeds vary greatly depending on the local networks being accessed by the device and the signal strength. A solid 3G signal can reach up to 7.2Mbps and on HSDPA networks (4G) it can be even faster.
How much does it cost to use this device? There is slight difference between the basic and so-called frequent traveler options. When you rent the device, the price starts at €8.95 per day. The final price also depends on how many devices you would like to connect (for two devices, it costs €17.90 per day, three devices €26.85 and so on).
In the Frequent Traveller scheme, you purchase the device for €94.95 and then pay a fee for each day starting at €7 (you only start paying on the day you actually get connected).
Where to Get It
You can order one on the Tep Wireless for the exact days you need it. Just choose the destination along with the starting date and ending date of your trip.
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.
A stable and reliable Internet connection is handy when on the road. The Tep Wireless mobile hotspot is a great travel gadget to help digital nomads and other Internet junkies (like myself) stay connected as they travel through foreign countries.
Although the service is a bit pricey, it can save you a headache searching for decent Wi-Fi. The hotspot is reliable, quite fast and can be used for eight hours on one charge. I recommend it for shorter trips, especially for outdoor activities and trips into nature where it could be the only way to connect with the world.
PS: I am actually planning to take one with me during my upcoming sailing trip later this summer. Since there will be four of us, we can split the cost of the Wi-Fi.
Thanks to Nick Kembel for editing this article.
Tep Wireless asked me to test out their device and review it. All opinions are, as always, my own.