The digital nomad lifestyle gives us a lot of freedom to pick our ideal travel destinations and also allows us to set the working hours we’re most comfortable with. But to be able to do the latter, we primarily must choose a country where we can easily stay online and work on our blog and other online projects.
When traveling in Asia, we were most often connected to WiFi in a hotel room, or in co-working spaces or cafes. If it happens we’re traveling for long hours and need to reply to important emails, update the social media, use Google Maps, or book a room from a bus or train at the last minute, we need a reliable Internet connection. In most Asian countries, it’s very easy to purchase a local sim-card with 3G data for a reasonable price and use it throughout a trip or top up the credit once we consume all data.
The problem begins when we enter Europe, where we find prices for sim-cards quite expensive. This time we wanted to try something different, so we reached out for the Tep Wireless, which is basically a portable WiFi hotspot for travellers or so-called MiFi.
We tested our Tep Wireless hotspot in France and Belgium, where it literally saved the day when the Internet at our Airbnb apartment went down for the whole day, and we needed to catch up with work and call our families for the Easter holiday.
How does the Tep portable WiFi hotspot work?
The Tep Wireless, which is a handy portable WiFi device with a minimalistic design, connects to local 3G or 4G, which will create your own Wi-Fi on the go with a unique password. So, instead of paying the extra bucks for Internet at hotels, or buying an overpriced coffee at a cafe so that you can just get connected, you can easily turn on the portable WiFi router, keep it in your pocket and use the Internet wherever you go. Simple.
You can either rent a Tep and have it delivered to your door, (UK and US residents with free delivery!) and pay a daily fee $9.95 USD for UNLIMITED data and later send the Tep back, (or drop it off at the London Heathrow airport) OR you can purchase the Tep personal WiFi device for $99 USD which includes three day passes. After the 3 free days you’ll pay daily usage fees according to the length of your holiday. The longer you want to stay connected with the Tep, the cheaper your daily fee will be.
Head to their official website to rent a Tep portable hotspot now.
Pros of Tep Wireless hotspot
• Unlimited data for a daily usage fee
• You can connect up to 5 devices to one Tep hotspot including mobiles, tablets, laptops at the same time
• 8 hours of battery life
• Solid download speed. 3G signal is able to reach up to 7.2Mbps. We were able to watch movies on Netflix without any interruption in Belgium when the Wi-Fi at our Airbnb apartment failed miserably.
• Avoiding expensive roaming fees
• Securely log into your inbox and other confidential sites where you need to log in with your private password.
• One flat price. The same daily fees applies for over 150+ countries covered by Tep
• It supports iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Mac, and Windows
• Light, handy, comes in a practical box
• No extra cables needed
• Easy setup
Cons of Tep Wireless hotspot
• No phone calls and no SMS possible. Tep wireless hotspot device doesn’t replace a sim-card, but you’ll be still able to use Skype, Facetime, Viber, or WhatsApp.
• Obviously, the speed slows down when there are more devices connected at the same time. This is a minor inconvenience though.
• Price. Nine dollars per day might be a bit pricey, but considering the fact you avoid roaming fees and get unlimited data for 24 hr, it’s still a great deal.
As the whole, the Tep mobile WiFi device is extremely useful for travelers and digital nomads who need to stay online for different purposes and may have limited WiFi options at hotels or cafes .
We were more than happy to stay connected via Tep while on the road, and apart from a minor disconnection in rural areas when we were traveling by train in France, the Tep Wireless hotspot worked perfectly even if we connected 4 devices at the same time. Give it a try yourself!
How do you keep connected while traveling? Would you use Tep on your trips? Please, leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.
Disclaimer: To bring you a review of this device, we partnered with Tep Wireless. As always, our opinions, words, emails, Instagram stories, and watched movies thanks to the device are our own.