Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

Summary: Globe trotters can attest to how hard it can be to get a data connection in many countries, especially at reasonable cost. It's now easy with a MiFi rental service that provides unlimited data in 39 countries.

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Globe trotters can know too well how hard it can be to get a data connection in many countries, especially one that doesn't require a second mortgage on the house to pay for it. That's a thing of the past with a MiFi rental service from XCom Global. A daily fee gets you a MiFi and SIM cards for every country you are visiting complete with unlimited data connectivity. It's the only way to tour the world if you absolutely need to stay connected.

The beauty of the MiFi solution is it can get up to 5 devices online at the same time. It's literally as simple as hitting the power button on the unit and getting online in just a few seconds. The XCom Global solution is a reasonable $17.95 per day, which gets you a nice little travel kit that shows up on your door prior to your departure. The kit has the MiFi, international charger, and a SIM card for every country you are visiting on your trip. For an extra $3/day you can have a second MiFi battery included in the kit for extended mobile usage.

XCom Global offers the MiFi connectivity in dozens of countries, with all of the major destinations covered. The connectivity is a reasonable 3G speed and is unlimited everywhere you go. Horror stories about international data roaming charges are a thing of the past with this solution. The company also offers a USB modem solution for $14.95 per day, but this can only get one device online at a time, and only those with USB ports. The MiFi solution is more versatile as it can be used with smartphones, allowing for travel-related functions such as navigation.

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  • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

    great idea - my wife recently rented a camera as a backup for a wedding photo shoot she did via a company that does much the same thing. i think this kind of market for otherwise expensive but infrequently used/required products will get more and more popular. however, knowing the greediness of cell carriers in the US - it wouldn't surprise me if this avenue of equipment rental got shut down.
    bc3tech
    • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

      @bc3tech I agree that his is a wonderful idea, but I don't see this getting shut down. This company will be paying monthly bills to the service providers for the use of those SIM cards, so those cell carriers will still be getting their money. Not sure how that is going to work here since not too many carriers in the US offer unlimited plans anymore.
      Bates_
  • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

    The appeal here is the international coverage. I don't see a US market for something like this as the carriers are going to shut that down quickly.
    JamesKendrick
  • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

    This is precicely why we need the tlecommunications industry taken out of the hands of the private sector and their greedy investors and fully regulate and subsidize it as a common carrier public utility under strong federal tarrifs and a universal network infrastructure.
    podstolom
  • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

    That's a deal? Almost $18 a day!!! Just buy a local SIM and pop it into your phone. Why pay almost $18/day?
    timspublic1
    • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

      @timspublic1@... A SIM is great if you are staying in one country for several days. But if you are touring around the world, or even a single continent, purchasing a SIM at every stop will become a hassle. Plus most are not for unlimited service.
      Mwendo
      • So these guys....

        @Mwendo <br><br>have a contract with EVERY SINGLE CARRIER on the planet.<br>What happens if/when you come across a carrier who does not provide the XCom service or simply refuse to honor the contract with XCom for whatever reason? I see a huge potential for hassle and even fraud here. I'll take the local SIM card route thank you.
        Economister
  • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

    I've been posting comments and nothing appears without an error message of any kind. I was talking about the global data plan being so expensive so I thought I might do a research in data plans in Europe and then I was talking about planning a trip to Europe (Louvain-la-Neuve, a car-free city.

    To ZDNet, I'd rather have an error message instead of not being able to see my post after I submit. Could it be the spam filter?
    Grayson Peddie
  • Only 39 Countries!

    That's not very many. Only one in South America, four in Europe, and zero in Africa?!

    I take back my comment to @timspublic1. If you are really globetrotting, you will end up having to buy a SIM card at most every stop.
    Mwendo
    • That answers my question above

      @Mwendo

      Thank you. I'll take the local SIM card option. Probably cheaper and fewer hassles in the end.
      Economister
  • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

    WOW! I wish something like this was available in The UK. It's the unlimited part that is the most exciting.

    Is it really unlimited though or is there a cheeky cap?
    bradavon
    • It only works in 3 countries....

      @bradavon

      or so. ;-)
      Economister
  • RE: Traveling abroad? No-worry data connectivity with MiFi rental

    The catch here is that you need a different MiFi device (at $17.95 a piece) for each country you will visit. This is great deal if you are only traveling to one country. However, the daily rate gets fairly high if you are going to three or more as you are paying for ALL MiFi that you have until you return.
    Globehopper