A few weeks ago, our team here at Unwired View was completely perplexed. We were just a couple weeks away from traveling to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, and had no inexpensive solution to having data access while there. International prices for data usage is insanely high on most carriers when you head to other countries, and to top it all off, we had to rely on inconsistent internet coverage both at our flat and the Convention Center.
That is, until we heard about XCom Global.
XCom Global is a simple service that almost seems too good to be true: they provide you with unlimited data access to the country you are visiting for a reasonable daily charge. Instead of having the trouble of finding local Wi-Fi hotspots or worry about what you use on your mobile phone for fear of racking up an astronomically large bill, you can order up either a MiFi hotspot or USB data stick for the length of your trip.
Too good to be true, right?
For us attending MWC at Barcelona, we chose to go with a MiFi because it broadcasts up to 5 wireless devices at one time, not to mention it comes in handy to put in your backpack or laptop bag and have it broadcast a signal to your phone so you can plug in Google Maps and find your way around the city. We knew that this would work out perfectly for our team. MiFi service goes for $17.95 per day, whereas a data stick is $14.95; for me, $3 a day difference was definitely worth it.
So here’s how the process works: simply go to their website, fill out the order forms which detail the country/countries you are going to be at, and the times you will be at each location. You’ll receive the equipment just a couple days before you depart, along with a FedEx package and return slip for you to send it back as soon as you return from your trip. In the package you’ll receive a handy little case that comes with the equipment (if you are visiting multiple countries, you’ll receive one unit for each country; each unit will have that country’s SIM card already included), necessary international chargers/adaptors, an extra battery, and an instruction manual on how to connect while you’re abroad. Frankly, I could not have asked for the process to be any easier than it already was.
For any future trips out of the country, we will be looking to use XCom Global as our data provider. They offer a true solution to a problem that business travelers have been puzzled and stumped by for a long time, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you know you are leaving the country soon.
And if you’re going to be on a longer trip, or visiting multiple countries, additional daily discount rates may be available. To be sure, definitely check out their site for more details.
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