Travel Pocket WiFi

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  1. raypin

    raypin PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Mm... + 100. My choice: CSL in HK and Singtel in SG for fast, reliable connection and more than enough data allowance plus free local calls. Also, many hotels have Handy smartphones (usually a Samsung) that hotel guests can use for free.
     
  2. testdummy

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    I used it for my Osaka trip last Feb. It worked fine for me, no problems encountered. Used it again for my European trip last month and it worked well too for that trip.
     
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    in SG they have this tourist sim that has a promo of 100gb for 1 week use.

    i also tried PAL skyroam, they have a promo of 4G @ 390/day for US... been using it and it is quite good coz the battery life can last 8 hours...
     
  4. theadvocate_ivan

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    Appreciate the feedback!
     
  5. quicksilver

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    On my recent 30 day trip to Europe, I bought an EE SIM for 25pounds in London which was good for 30 days unlimited text and 5GB data. I was able to surf the net, posted on Instagram and Facebook, etc. throughout my trip. On this trip, I covered France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, and of course the UK. It worked out to Php50 per day and I still had 1GB left when I boarded the plane back to Manila after one month.
     
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    Anyone that recently traveled to the US? Which sim did you get that gave you the best data plan? Won't be able to bring a second phone, but thinking about buying a pocket wifi.
     
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    Going to bali for the holy week. What do you guys recommend we use? Flytpack will costs 1800 for 7 days
     
  8. oldtimer

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    Be careful with buying a pocket wifi. Those available locally have limited support for the bands in the US. Best bet is to get the SkyRoam ones (Smart, PAL, or direct from SkyRoam).
     
  9. Alucard

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    For frequent travellers, I strongly recommend Pokefi (https://www.mypokefi.com).

    I personally have one. Used it in Singapore, HK, China and Japan so far. I've read it also works in US and Europe.

    There is an initial cost of purchasing the device which is like USD 127 i think. You can purchase it on PAL international duty free flights. However, they don't normally carry it on the plane, so you need to buy it through PAL online boutique and pick it up in your flight.

    Data plan is reasonable at USD 15 per 5gb. The data itself expires in 2 years or something.

    Speed depends on local signal and speed. 5gb is plenty for general facetime, email, messages, facebook etc.

    EDIT: Battery life is decent also. It lasts an average of 10 hours of usage for me. And the best part for me: no more swapping sims.
     
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    Skyroam is the best travel wifi for me. Tried it in Europe, SG, China and Bangkok without any issue.
     
  11. docjbr

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    Will look into this. Will be going on a cruise in Europe in May, but my wife will be staying behind. Will definitely be needing to stay in touch with her, so will probably go this route. Thanks!
     
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  12. testdummy

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    Just check if it's compatible for cruise use. Pocket wifis generally don't work in cruise ships. Smart travel wifi has a disclaimer on this.
     
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    Will probably use it during the land based part. Heard about the supposed wifi access on the ship, which is supposedly terrible, but will probably get that access, too, just to viber/messenger with the wife at all times.
     
  14. louie_gudboy

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    Has anyone tried Pokefi in the US? My wife has tried it only in Taiwan which was pretty reliable.
     
  15. oldtimer

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    Have you tried PokeFi here in PH? Did it connect to Smart or Globe?
     
  16. Sabonis

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    Pokefi will work in the US. I have a unit and I lent this to a friend last December. It worked in Mexico as well albeit it was a bit spotty. It almost won’t work on a cruise liner since these use cell sites (terrestrial) I was told (my friend actually went on a cruise as well). Have used this personally as well in japan and it lasts the whole day.

    This will work for you if your main purpose is basic services like messaging and emails and voip calls. Heavy browsing and other social media stuff may probably be better left off with hotel WiFi or something. But that’s me.
     
  17. louie_gudboy

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    I'm not quite sure if it connected to Smart or Globe since it doesn't have a screen for me to check. :)
     
  18. louie_gudboy

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    Appreciate the reply! We will use it mainly for messaging services, maps to get around and social media. Hope the coverage becomes better. :)
     
  19. oldtimer

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    Oh. Hmm... ;)
     
  20. jerrychu

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    My Pokefi connects to Globe here in the Philippines.
     
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