Of the questions we receive at Hundredbacklinks.com, none comes up more often than those related to connectivity abroad. Will Wi-Fi be available? Will it be fast? Should you get a local SIM card, or an international package with your cellular provider—or something else?
These are reasonable questions. In the age of Wi-Fi, it can be jarring to drop off the map, especially in a new place (either without recourse or to avoid absurd roaming charges). You lose access to Google Maps/tools of direction and to the abilities to coordinate/link up with others on the go, pull up hotel confirmation numbers and addresses, assure friends and family back home that you are still alive, and so much more.
RoamingMan Wi-Fi Hotspot can give you those things back. It’s a rentable, pocket-sized device capable of international Wi-Fi delivery in 68 countries for a flat fee. For $9.99 per day, each RoamingMan provides overage-fee-free access to high-speed Wi-Fi tethered from the strongest local carrier signals. It’s WPA2-protected (you’ll have a password) on up to five separate devices at one time. And there’s no setup; RoamingMan, on all devices and without any further parts or process, just works.
- On the RoamingMan Portable Wi-Fi Rental website, you select the number of days you’ll be traveling (and confirm that your destination is included among the 68)
- You pay a guaranteed $9.99 per day (there’s a sliding tool that calculates total cost on the homepage)
- Your RoamingMan arrives at your door one or two days before you leave
- Throughout your trip, you connect to 4G (3G when 4G isn’t available) as you like on up to five devices at once without regard for cost (there is a 500MB cap on high-speed Wi-Fi, after which the price does not change but your connection may slow)
- Upon your return, you ship it back using the pre-paid UPS shipping label
The sell is in the ease of use, but the RoamingMan is an electronic device. It is battery-powered, which invites the possibility that a drained battery might kill all the cheap, high-speed fun. Well, worry not: With each charge, a RoamingMan stores some 15 hours of battery life. And, if that’s not enough, the device can be repurposed as a charging station with which to store your other, power-hungry devices.
I haven’t tried the product myself. In my experience, detaching yourself from the internet’s web can be invigorating in the right context—but not all trips offer the right context. More than once, I have scoured the foreign streets of a transient home in search of Wi-Fi. I have battled language barriers, SIM cards locks and dense jungles for access to work emails and hotel booking sites, and I have lost often. As long as there has been Wi-Fi, that battle has been a part of travel. But that appears to be changing. For the next time I need Wi-Fi far from home, RoamingMan appears to be an able ally.
“I let one of my friends borrow the device since they were driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco and needed Wi-Fi to do work. This was her review: ‘This device is great! I can take it anywhere and always have internet.’ I give it two big thumbs up.”
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