Glocalme G3 vs U2
What's the Difference Between GlocalMe U2 and G3?

Oct. 1, 2018
Nov. 11, 2018

This post makes the following assumptions: You are a digital nomad who works online while traveling internationally, you change countries frequently (every other month or more), and you need large amounts of data (more than 10 Gbs per month). If these assumptions do not apply to you, this advice may not, either.
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If you know me, you know I love GlocalMe. If you want to know all the reasons why I love it so much, take a look at all the reasons why I named GlocalMe The Best International Mifi Device in 2019. The rest of this post assumes you understand GlocalMe's clear superiority in the world of international wifi hotspots, and just need help deciding between two of their three devices: the G3 and the U2.

In this article, I'll address the following:

GlocalMe G3 and U2: The Similarities

Both the G3 and U2 have GlocalMe's signature quality: the dual sim card slots. That means that you can choose between using GlocalMe's service to get connected in over 100 countries, or you can insert a local SIM card (which will always be cheaper). Both of them offer more than 10 hours battery life (13 for the U2 and 15 for the G3). Both devices allow up to 5 devices to connect to the 4G network, simultaneously. Both devices come in 2 colors: black/grey or white/gold. Both have a maximum download rate of 150Mbps and max upload rate of 50Mbps. And both connect to many of the same frequencies:

  • Cellular frequencies: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/19/20
  • LTE TDD Band: 38/39/40/21
  • WCDMA Band: 1/2/4/5/8/9/19 (note G3 can also do 6)
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

...In other words, GlocalMe's devices work with pretty much everything, everywhere In general, it seems like the hardware of the G3 and U2 are fairly similar, and the main difference is the usability (explained below)

GlocalMe U2 vs G3: The Differences

The most noticeable difference between the G3 and the U2 is that the G3 has a screen, and the U2 does not. That means that when you want to manage your use, or buy more data packages, you can do that directly from the G3. But if you have the U2, you need to use another device, be it your phone, or laptop, or tablet, to connect to GlocalMe.

Relatedly, due to its relative simplicity, the U2 is about 5mm thinner and lighter than the G3. The G3 is about 126.5 mm x 65mm x 19mm, compared to U2's slimmer 127mm x 65mm x 14mm, which results in the G3 weighing about 240 grams, whereas the U2 is only 151 grams.

And of course, the G3 is about $30 more expensive than the U2:

GlocalMe U2 or G3: Which Should You Get?

It's really up to you. If bulk is important to you, go with the U2, because it is slimmer and lighter. If simplicity of use is more important, go with the G3, because you can manage your use and connectivity with only that, no need to connect with your other device. But really, no matter which one you get, you can travel easily knowing that you can connect almost anywhere and benefit from the flexibility of GlocalMe's dual sim card slots, so you can focus on the travel!

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