Maintaining data connectivity while traveling abroad is often painstakingly expensive, extremely difficult to achieve, or both. Even with roaming rate decreases recently implemented by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, mobile users who elect to use their smartphones while traveling to Europe often return home to hefty smartphone bills, especially if they go over their allotted limits.
Tep Wireless is hoping to change all this, and have announced a European-wide 38 country data plan that will give travelers a portable hotspot with 1GB of data for approximately $5 per day, though the rate does vary a bit according to length of stay and other factors. When I priced out my theoretical weeklong trip across Europe, it came out to about $67.50, or $9.64 per day, according to Tep’s calculations. Additional data, a car charger, or extended battery, if needed, can be purchased for additional fees, which Tep outlines on their site.
If you’re planning a trip to Europe anytime soon and need to have a data connection wherever you go, you should check out Tep Wireless’ mobile hotspot offerings in addition to those offered by your current cell carrier. Doing so could save you a significant amount of dough that you can spend on coffee, booze, excursions, or whatever else you have in your vacation plans.