After 3 years of nomadic life and visiting over 30 European countries there is one thing we’ve learned: it’s not easy to stay connected in Europe. Or better saying, it wasn’t! I’m embarassed to tell you that it took us a while to finally have our own international pocket wifi, but now that we have it life is so much easier.
I’m sure you have already snapped a great photo and had to wait to be back at the hotel to upload it on Facebook. Or even worse, you find yourself lost in a new city without any internet access to check Google Maps … That’s sucks!
This year we decided to get an international pocket wifi and never thought a tiny device could impact our travel lives so much, but it does. No more roaming fees, changing SIM cards all the time, looking for free wifi in cafes and shopping malls. No more slow and annoying connections in hotels and hostels. Now we have unlimited connection on the palm of our hands. With O\only one password I magically had access to internet in Europe and almost everywhere around the world.
Let’s go to the facts, because having a reliable internet while traveling is essential for your social media stuff and also for your travel planning and survival. If you are not familiar with portable wifi devices or if you are not sure why you should have an international pocket wifi, keep reading. I will try my best to explain the tech stuff in an easy way.
What is a portable wifi device or pocket hotspot?
It doesn’t matter if you call it, a portable wifi device, a pocket wifi, a pocket hotspot, a portable hotspot, MiFi… it all means the same: wifi on the go! It’s a tiny gadget that works similar to your internet router from home. It creates a wireless hotspot that you can connect your phone, tablet or computer to. It’s your personal and portable internet, a hotspot device that gives you the freedom to connect anywhere and anytime you want. For as long as the battery lasts, of course.
It’s portable and it’s tiny. Not all the pocket wifi devices are the same, but the Tep Wireless portable wifi that we have is smaller than my hand. It’s smaller than Rob’s iPhone and it fits in my purse so I can have internet on the go even when partying.
How does the Tep Wireless Pocket Wifi work?
In a blink of an eye Tep can figure out which country you are in and choose the best network for you. You do nothing but turn the portable wifi device on and the magic happens. Ok, it might take a few minutes depending on where you are, but the good thing is that you don’t need to worry about settings, SIM cards, anything… it does everything automatically.
When I read the FAQ’s on Tep website I thought it was too good to be true. As a girl that doesn’t like tech stuff I was on a mission to try this portable wifi that promisesd easy and fast connection. We received our Teppy device while traveling in Portugal, where in some places even the local SIM card didn’t get 4G connection. For my surprise, Tep was able to find signal and delivery good internet connection even in remote beaches where Rob’s SIM card wasn’t working. We tried it in Lisbon as well and it was flawless.
In Portugal, we got invited for a last minute cycling trip to Taiwan and we decided to use our Teppy pocket wifi there. It would be the ultimate challenge, trying Tep portable wifi in Taiwan’s countryside while cycling. The good news is that it worked perfectly and we were able to share our internet connection with the other cyclists.
Why do you need an international pocket wifi?
You need a good internet connection while traveling not only for social stuff. Internet is essential for communication, to get around, to call an Uber, to book activities and restaurants, to check the weather forecast, tell your mom that you are alive and also to post you killer photo on Instagram.
Although internet connection is vital for travelers, hotels and hostels are getting annoyed over offering it for free to the guests. So don’t be surprised when booking your hostel or hotel in Europe if they give you the option of paying for wifi services, or in some cases, the wifi is free but only at the reception and lobby.
Some European cities do offer free wifi in tourist areas but for many of them you need a local number to be able to sign in. Again, not useful and not traveler friendly. If you decide to buy a local SIM card to have internet during your trip, you will find that the language barrier can be a real problem to buy the correct SIM card and choose the data plan. Or you can be stuck during all the settings and the endless messages that arrive on your phone in a local language that you can’t even guess what they are talking about.
Teppy wireless hotspot is ready to use once you get it you only need to charge it, turn it on and start using the internet. No settings, no messages, no different language. A straightforward service that what you need while traveling.
Why did we choose Tep Wireless international Portable Wifi?
We are not using our international portable hotspot only for traveling, it became essential for our work. When we decided to buy a pocket wifi device we searched for the best option that could fit in our pocket [size and cost wise], that Rob and I could use at the same time, that has a worldwide coverage with unlimited internet connection and that we could not only rent but buy it.
Tep portable wifi fulfilled all our requirements and offered more. Here are 10 reasons why you should get a Teppy and have reliable internet connection when traveling in Europe:
1º – Price:
The rates for day passes are fair and you can choose if you want internet just in Europe, in a specific country or global. When you rent the wifi pocket device you only pay for daily passes. Compared to some countries in Europe a 10 days Tep pocket wifi rental is cheaper than buying a SIM card in only one country. And I’m not even adding the extra roaming fees you will have to pay if you decide to use the same number and data plan in another European country. If you decide to buy the Tep wireless hotspot than you pay for the device plus the daily passes.
2º – Unlimited Internet connection:
When you activate your day pass you get unlimited internet connection for that day. You can buy as many day passes as you want and use them whenever you want, it doesn’t need to be consecutively. If you use more than 1GB of data in a day the connection speed will be slowed to 512kbs, and get back to normal the next day you use it.
3º Works in over 100 countries worldwide:
When renting your Teppy pocket wifi you can choose the region you wish to use it in, as Europe, South America, Oceania, per country or you can get the global device. It’s your choice.
4º Easy to use:
As I said before, no settings, no changing SIM cards, nothing… Switch your Teppy on and it will show on the screen the wifi name and the password. Type it on your phone or computer and you have your wifi on the go!
5º Up to 5 devices can connect to your Teppy:
This is brilliant for any couple, group of friends or family… in one portable hotspot you can connect up to 5 devices [phone, computer, tablet] at no extra cost. If you are traveling with friends you can split the costs of the Teppy rental, have unlimited internet in Europe and save money.
6 º Perfect portable wifi device for travelers:
Tep Wireless is small, it fits in any bag, purse, hand luggage. The international pocket wifi weighs only 134g and its dimensions are 10cm x 5.85 cm x 1.5 cm. Tiny, tiny! The Teppy hotspot will be delivered at your home address up to 3 days after you rent it or buy it online. Or you can schedule the delivery to your travel destination. How convenient! If you decided to stay longer in Europe you can extend your rental period by contacting Tep’s customer service. Easy peasy!
7º 4G connection on demand:
For an extra fee you can have 4G connection during your trip in Europe. Some people might find this option essential, to be honest, we had the normal 3G connection during our travels in Portugal and Taiwan and it worked just fine!
8º With Teppy you can make calls and send SMS messages
Download the Tep App, top up credits and start calling and messaging. I know most people communicate through Social Media and email but if you need to make a call, Tep has you covered. You pay for what you want to use, nothing more.
9º Easy to return
When the trip is over there will be no fuss to return your Teppy hotspot. If you are in London you can return the portable wifi at the London Heathrow Airport. If you live in the UK or USA you can use a pre-paid envelope to send your device back to Tep Wireless. If none of these options suit you, Tep can help you arrange the FedEx pick up service at your place.
10º If you fall in love with your pocket wifi you can buy it
After renting the Tep wireless wifi you can buy it. But before splashing your cash think about your traveling style. Are you a frequent traveler? Are you a digital nomad? If you said yes, then buying a Tep Wireless pocket wifi might be a good option for you. But if you travel just once in a while, you can rent it when you need it! You spend less and it will be one less gadget sitting in your drawer.
Now you know everything about Tep Wireless portable wifi, how it works and how you can get your own international pocket wifi. There are many portable wifi companies in the market, so before you buy your Teppy or any other pocket wifi device read carefully the instructions and search for some reviews like this one. You are investing money, time and choosing a gadget that will make your trip to Europe stress-free, so it needs to work well.
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