U.S. residents logged 457.4 million person‑trips for business purposes and 1.7 billion person‑trips for leisure purposes in 2016, according to U.S. Travel Association statistics. And most of those people tend to travel with devices—laptops, smartphones, and tablets—that need Wi-Fi access.
Travelers can’t always be sure that Wi-Fi or 3G/4G/LTE service will be available in far-flung destinations. That’s where portable hotspots come in. Travelers can rent or buy these devices to deliver the data they need to feed their myriad electronics. Here are mobile hotspots are worth considering for your next trip.
Skyroam is a San Francisco-based company that rents and global Wi-Fi hotspots to travelers online and via vending machines located at San Francisco International, George Bush Intercontinental, McCarran International, and Hartsfield-Jackson airports. It was founded in 2014 by an entrepreneur and technologist who grew tired of massive cell phone data bills as he traveled around the world.
The My Skyroam 3G device can be rented or bought, then travelers pay per day to connect up to five devices. It’s fast enough to handle tasks like email or social media scans, but you won’t be able to do things like stream or upload a movie. Its battery can last up to eight hours, it weighs 5.5 ounces and its dimensions are 4.2 inches long by 2.3 inches wide and 0.8 inches deep.
This device is a 4G/LTE global wi-fi hotspot and power bank. Travelers can also charge their tablets and smartphones with the device’s embedded 6000 mAh power bank. And it supports the newer USB-C connection. The Solis also supports up to five devices, and the battery lasts a whopping 16 hours. It weighs 6.5 ounces and comes in at 5.5 inches long by 3.5 inches high by 1.5 inches deep.
This hotspot works in more than 200 countries around the world. It has high-speed 4G LTE and 3G internet connectivity that can support up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices with 4G and five using 3G and it can be used with VPNs. It has a handy interactive OLED display that shows menu options, security settings, battery life, and which devices are connected to the hotspot. It weighs a light three ounces and is 3.7 inches high, 2.4 inches wide and a slim 0.5 inches deep.
If you’re traveling to Europe and don’t want to invest in a hotspot, this 4G pocket Wi-Fi may be a good option. The company allows users to rent its Pocket WiFi and access unlimited high-speed internet everywhere for a reasonable price. The device has eight hours of battery life and can connect up to five devices at a time. Users also have access to the data-consuming application of your smartphone, tablet or computer, like email, maps, social media, and applications to find information about destinations.
The device has download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds around 40 Mbps. The device is ordered online, and users can either have it shipped, and it includes a pre-paid envelope to ship it back at the end of the rental. It weighs 10.5 ounces and measures five inches high by 2.7 inches wide by 0.6 inches deep.
Not only does this Wi-Fi-ready device connect up to five devices to highspeed internet, it also has a 32GB MicroSD slot that allows users to share or store pictures, files, videos, and documents wirelessly. It has 6.25 hours of standby and 4.25 hours of usage time, and it’s 3G and 4G-capable. It has an LCD screen that provides information on connection speeds, connected devices, and battery life. It weighs less than four ounces, and its dimensions are 4.02 inches high by 2.20 inches wide and a skinny 0.61 inches deep.
This 4G LTE hotspot has two firsts—the first Android-based mobile hotspot and the first mobile hotspot under the Samsung brand. It supports international roaming and can support up to a 32GB MicroSD card. The USB cable can be used for charging and tethering, the battery has 24 hours of standby life and users have access to a 2.2-inch screen. It weighs 5.5 ounces and is 3.53 inches high and wide, and .52 inches deep.
This hotspot not only has LTE speed and global coverage, its 5200 mAh battery can power up your electronic devices. It can work for up to 20 hours straight and standby for more than 500 hours, depending on use. It has a 32GB MicroSD card slot for storage and can accommodate up to 10 devices. It weighs about seven ounces and has dimensions of 2.6 inches wide by 4.1 inches high to 0.88 inches deep.
This hotspot can be rented for access to internet across the world, with unlimited data, although you have to pay for each country you visit. Users can connect up to five devices at a time for internet access and has a battery life of up to three hours. It weighs in at 2.6 ounces and measures 3.93 inches long by 2.11 inches wide by 0.55 inches deep. The screen displays the internet provider’s name, the signal strength, your connection status, and the battery life. It also has a MicroSD card slot. The device can be ordered online or by phone and it’s shipped to your preferred destination. After your trip, mail the device back in a pre-paid envelope.
After buying this mobile hotspot, users get coverage to more than 100 countries around the world and connect via the 4G or 3G local network automatically. Users can connect up to five devices and the 15-hour, 6000 mAh battery can also charge mobile phones. Users can upload the GlocalMe app to buy data and check bills and balances. It also has two sim card slots to receive local 3G and 4G network signals. It weighs 7.9 ounces and its dimensions are 4.6 inches by 2.5 inches wide by 0.8 inches deep.