Most travelers spend a lot of time and energy finding public wifi. Even with free T-Mobile international roaming or google fi service there are times when you just need to get on a wifi network. It can be a hassle, wandering around in a new city looking for cafes where you can get some work done. But access is definitely increasing.
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I’ve written before about the hassles of finding public wifi while traveling, and I highlighted Fon, a company that is trying to make wifi sharing a thing. Fon provides a membership-based global wifi network, and they’ve been at it since 2006. It’s a really cool concept and now they boast over 20 million hotspots around the world. […]
In November Verizon announced a new international roaming plan, TravelPass, which will allow customers to pay $2 per day to use their phones in Canada and Mexico, and $10 per day to use service in a number of other countries around the world. There are some unspecified taxes and fees added on to this, so […]
Google launched a new cell phone service in April, called Project Fi. I’m optimistic that this will be a good addition to the rather lousy cell options in the U.S., especially for travelers. Fi offers a relatively low price, automatic switching between cellular and wifi networks to optimize performance and minimize cellular data use, free international texting and data, […]
If you live in the United States you know that T-Mobile offers cheap cell phone service. And within the U.S. you get what you pay for: cell coverage that’s not great. But if you travel internationally T-Mobile has really changed the game by offering free texting and data service in over 120 countries, and calls for […]
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who walks around random cities with my phone in my hand, searching for open wifi signals. Fortunately, there are some interesting innovations in this area that should help travelers stay connected.