U.S. residents logged 464 million person‑trips for business purposes and 1.9 billion person‑trips for leisure purposes in 2019, 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.
This device is a 4G/LTE global WiFi hotspot and power bank. Travelers can also charge their tablets and smartphones with the device’s embedded 4700 mAh power bank. And it supports the newer USB-C connection. The Solis X also supports up to 10 devices, has a 8MP remote camera, speaker, microphone, Bluetooth and comes in at 3.5 x 9 inches.
Skyroam also sells Solis Lite, which is the same size and has many of the same features but the battery pack is optional, and the camera and microphone are excluded.
This hotspot works in more than 200 countries around the world. It has high-speed 4G LTE internet connectivity that can support up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices 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 WiFi 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 WiFi-ready device connect up to eight devices to highspeed internet, but it also has a 32GB MicroSD slot that allows users to share or store pictures, files, videos, and documents wirelessly. It has a standby time of 180 hours. It has an LCD screen that provides information on connection speeds, connected devices, and battery life. It weighs less than five ounces, and its dimensions are 3.9 inches high by 2.28 inches wide and a skinny 0.75 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 5.15 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 6 hours straight and standby for more than 300 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.