Portable Modems/MiFi Devices


#1

Hi all,

Okay so I hope this doesn’t sound really dumb - I know wifi is available in most places you go or stay on the tour and personal internet can be fairly expensive, but I wanted to know if anyone has (or is looking into) used a portable modem or mifi device in Europe and/or on a topdeck trip?

I don’t really want to spend every waking hour online, nor will I be, but I was really wanting it for times such as being on the bus - as I know they can be quite long trips and I think having internet access might help the bordem (i’ve heard contiki has free wifi on their coaches too, but its not enough for me to change sides :wink: )

I am planning on taking an iPad (not 3g) and one of options I have looked at is buying a portable modem via ebay and then getting a pay-as-you-go plan whilst im in Europe. I will be there for about 2 months after my trip (49 Mega European) so it would be good if I could have it then too.

Would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks

eljohnston1990


#2

Keep in mind that european countries each has different mobile operators. You will either have to buy a different SIM card in every country, or pay for roaming, which can be very expensive.


#3

thanks for letting me know! do you know any mobile operators who offer roaming around Europe?


#4

Any operator has roaming service, but the prices are ridiculous (around $1 for 1 Mb of data).
If you’re not going to stay for a long time in each country and you don’t need to use lot of traffic, you can check out the travelsim ( http://www.travelsim.net.au/europedata ).

I usually buy a local SIM card and use free wifi spots whenever possible.


#5

Thanks for your help!