One main concern when travelling abroad that many of us may have is knowing which data plan or internet solution is best for you. In fairness this requires a bit of technical knowledge in terms of data bytes but also you must take into consideration a number of factors that will affect your decision in choosing the right solution. For example: your destination, the duration of your holiday, your budget, your itinerary, the number of people accompanying you and the most important one, the number of smart devices you will be connected to. Knowing all these you will be able to save substantial money and eliminate unnecessary headache.
There are quiet few choices when it comes to staying connected when travelling abroad, however each of these options may appeal to different needs. Hopefully the comparison bellow will give you a better idea of each of their benefits and limitations.
While globetrotters will tell you to get a new SIM card once landed at the destination, that isn’t always possible or affordable, if you are constantly on the road or if you want to use multiple devices at once. Sim cards are definitely a safe option to keep the budget down however you are quiet restricted to the number of connected devices.
Local mobile providers
And while your local cell phone provider likely has an international data plan, it can run to hundreds of dollars if you use it too much. For example if you are in Ireland and you chose the AT&T Passport plan you would be allowed to use up to 120MB of cellular data. For many people, this may sound like a lot, but let’s see what you can actually do with 120MB over a duration of 30days! According to AT&T this plan will allow you to send/receive approx. 150 emails while only 25% will include attachments, stream 1 hour of music, visit 50 webpages, post 40 social media posts with photos and download 2 apps.
It doesn’t sound like a lot, considering that 120MB of data could be used in a day alone if you are in holidays with your family. As you can see you are quiet restricted in terms of what you can do with 120MB, not mentioning streaming videos, which within 1 hour could use the whole data plan. If you were to have 1 hour of streaming video in addition to the AT&T Passport plan this would have cost you $30(1 MB = $.25) extra, without tax. In a recent article ran by Time, the average smartphone owner uses 2.9GB per month. In other words, this would be an average of 3072MB (1GB = 1024MB), so in a day you will use on average 102MB of data on one smart device alone!
However there is a new way to avoid roaming charges in Ireland with Travel WiFi.
Travel WiFi has understood the pains of excruciating data roaming charges that many tourists face with during their holidays and for this reason since July 2013 the company’s mission is to keep visitors connected anywhere in Ireland without worrying about cellular data charges.
The pocket-sized device is great for outdoors and can connect up to 5 devices simultaneously. The delivery is free of charge anywhere in Ireland.
How it works
There are few simple steps in order to avail our service:
- visit our website
- choose your destination and your desired package
- fill in your details
- receive your Travel WiFi