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Which International Mobile Hotspot Should I Get in 2018?
A Cost Comparison

Posted:
Jan. 16, 2018
Updated:
May 4, 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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For some people, especially digital nomads who work online, the joy of traveling to a remote, secluded beach destination is somewhat dampened by the fear that they will be unable to connect to the internet. If you want to make sure you can get online while traveling, you can rent hotspots, such as Skyroam. Another option is to buy a hotspot, such as Keepgo, or in a piecemeal DIY way. To help you determine which is best for you, I've compared each of these options.

The Options


Skyroam


  • Buy or Rent: Either
  • Price: $149.99 + $9 / day if a 4G Solis is purchased. $9.95 / day to rent a 3G Skyroam device.
  • Daily Throttle Point: Rentable 3G device throttles to 2G at 500 Mbs. A purchased 4G LTE device (Solis) throttles at 1 Gb per day.

Keepgo


  • Buy or Rent: Buy, unless you are traveling through an Israeli airport.
  • Price: $99 for a 4G LTE hotspot and 1 GB data. You don't pay daily, you pay for the data you use
  • Daily Throttle Point: They do not charge extra for 4G LTE, nor do they throttle

DIY Method


The Price Points


What can you get for...

$10

  • Nothing, because even though Skyroam can be rented for $9 a day, you still need to pay to ship it.

$20

  • 1 day and 500 Mb with Skyroam

$30

  • 2 days and 1 Gb with Skyroam

$40

$50

$60

$80

$100

$150

Conclusion


Renting a Skyroam device is only a good deal if you will be traveling for 2 or 3 days. After that, it starts to cost more and offer less than just buying a dongle and a sim card. The Keepgo is a decent deal if you want the 4G LTE device they bundle with their sim card. But if you don't mind 3G, the basic dongle for $25 plus a sim card by Orange, Three, or AIS, is by far the cheapest way to get online while traveling. Before buying an international sim card, always make sure that the sim card covers your destination country.

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