If you have ever returned from travelling abroad with a sky-high mobile phone bill after running up colossal data charges, then there may well be a novel solution.
An American company Skyroam is offering frequent travellers unlimited Wi-Fi access while abroad for a daily rate of US$9.95 – with access to the internet for five separate mobile devices or laptops.
The plan could be suited to families or small groups on the move who want to hook up phones to stay in touch with emails and social media, or stream video or music on tablets if they run out of things to sightsee.
The company is now letting people rent the Skyroam hotspot on a trip-by-trip basis, where previously customers had to buy one of their small handheld devices permanently (it currently costs US$99 to purchase).
The company explained: “Perks of the new rental program include easy delivery and return anywhere in the world, and last minute shipping within a few days of a trip.”
The portable hotspot devices are also available to be picked up and dropped off at a growing number of international airports, and they offer online access in more than 90 different countries.
Skyroam said: “Imagine that you are planning a trip to Spain and Italy this summer with your friends and family. Upgrading to an international data plan may come with hidden costs and limitations that restrict you to only one device, dial-up speeds, or expensive data charges.”
They said Skyroam would cut out that hassle and online costs would be kept capped at the daily rate without risk of unexpected costs.
Company CEO Jing Liu said: “Renting a Skyroam hotspot is the best option for travellers because it provides a simple all-inclusive Wi-Fi service during their trip without needing to purchase a device.”
Skyroam also uses a secure encrypted connection, another plus so that travellers can avoid public Wi-Fi – which although convenient – can be risky for personal browsing like email or banking.