There are international SIM cards together with so-called mobile hotspots (also called MiFis) on the market offering "worldwide" data roaming or at least in major regions. Their offers are collected here in this separate "all countries" section. Their data rates are often more expensive than on the national level. So always compare with local SIM cards and roaming offers in your country. Although you won't save much using these cards, they may be a good option for frequent travelers and people travelling through multiple countries.
For stand-alone international SIM cards for data without any WiFi hotspot included check this article here.
PART 2: Worldwide data SIM cards with Wi-Fi hotspots Edit
The combo approach of a mobile hotspot together with a data SIM has the main advantage, that it offers a coherent solution. You don't need to care about frequencies, compartibility, and how to connect your device. You simply link all your devices by Wi-Fi to your hotspot. This is much easier if you travel in a group, stay together and want to have a common solution. There are hardware offers for purchase as well as rental. If you decide to buy or rent your Mifi, you will certainly have higher start-up costs for the device, but maximum compartibility and service and mostly lower data prices. But you must be aware that there is no voice calling (except of VoIP) and SMS service possible through these data-only plans.
GlocalMe is a Chinese enterprise based in Hong Kong by Shenzhen uCloudlink Network Limited, a fully owned subordinate of Hong Kong uCloudlink Technology Network Ltd. It has been around from 2014 and is the first to offer a 4G/LTE roaming solution with a Wi-Fi hotspot for purchase only.
Coverage is in around 108 countries so far and some of them already in 4G/LTE. It comprises North America, Latin America, Europe, major parts of Asia and Oceania and some African countries (see this map).
WiFi Hotspot Edit
In 2017 they introduced their new 2nd generation WiFi hotspot called U2. It uses a "cloud SIM" for their own service and you can add two micro SIMs additionally. The battery has 3200 mAH and works for around 12 hours. It's now smaller and lighter as the previous one as it measures 157 x 109 x 28 mm and weights 150 g. You can add up to 5 devices at the same time and it has a 5 GB hard disk. It works on 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE up to 150 Mbps. Supported bands include LTE-FDD 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, LTE-TDD 39, 40, 41, 3G/WCDMA 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, CDMA/EVDO BC0, BC1 and GSM quad-band making it the most universal WiFi hotspot in the market right now.
There is still the older G2 hotspot around with a bit bulkier format, but a better battery and otherwise similar specs.
The U2 and G2 can be found at major dealers, but is mostly marketed through Amazon.com for US$139, Amazon.de for €139.99 or Amazon.co.jp for ￥18,990. Both models generally get pretty good reviews on Amazon and other high tech feedback sites.
After purchase you need to connect to GlocalMe Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi Hotspot:GlocalMe_XXXXX, Password:XXXXX. Then create your GlocalMe Account through their app available for iOS and Android, then login to your account on the G2 device and top-up online your account by PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, Alipay and others.
Data rates Edit
The pay-as-you-go rate in all of their 100+ countries is a low € 0.05 per MB. For better prices you can add one of their many regional data packages:
- valid for 30 days:
- in China: 300MB - €3, 1GB - €5, 3GB - €12
- in China and Hong Kong: 2GB - €13.90
- in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan: 1GB - €7
- in China, Japan and South Korea: 1GB - €7
- in Russia: 300MB - €3, 1GB - €5, 3GB - €12
- in Brazil: 1GB - €15. 3GB - €36
- in India: 300MB - €5, 1GB - €10, 3GB - €24
- in the US: 300MB - €6, 1GB - €12, 3GB - €29
- in Australia and New Zealand: 300 MB - €5, 1GB - €15, 3GB - € 24
- in the EU/EEA, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia: 1GB - €16
- in single EU countries: 300MB €4-5, 1GB - €7-10, 3GB €18-20
- in the UAE: 300MB - €10, 1GB - €20 , 3GB - €48
- valid for 1 year:
- worldwide: 1GB - €29.90
- in China, Hong Kong: 3GB - €27
- in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan : 3GB - €39.90
- in Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam: 1GB - €12
- in Japan, South Korea: 1GB - €15
Furthermore they offer a yearly pack with 2 GB per month valid in 58 countries (China, Australia, EU, Russia, Turkey, US, Canada, etc.) for one year at € 335.
More info Edit
- Website: http://www.glocalme.com
Skyroam is a San Francisco based company founded in 2008. In 2015 it received funding from Lenovo and many other sources for their new vSIM (virtual SIM) technology. You need to purchase or rent their WiFi hotspot together with data passes.
Skyroam roams in about 110 countries. This includes all of Europe, North America, major countries in South America, few countries in Africa and major countries in Asia and the Middle East plus Australia (see list).
Skyroam Solis (4G/LTE) Edit
In 2017 they introduced their new WiFi hotspot called Solis that seems to have become their standard now. For the first time 4G/LTE has been offered in about 100 countries. This orange-coloured hardware doubles as powerbank, has 6000 mAh capacity for 16 hours of operation or up to 123 hours on standby. Charging is by USB-C cable and the hotspot can connect up to 5 devices. There's no SIM card here: Using an embedded SIM with a global roaming partner, the hotspot checks its GPS, phones home for a few bytes, and then gets assigned a virtual SIM card with a real account linked to it.
Coverage is on 2G 850, 900.1800, 1900 MHz; 3G/WCDMA 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz and 4G/LTE 700, 800, 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500, 2600 MHz that translates into bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 38, 40, 41 making it comparable to the GlocalMe device. You can now also add an own physical SIM card. It's heavier at 190 g (6.6 oz.) but smaller with 93 mm x 93 mm x 26 mm (3.6 in x 3.6 in x 1.0 in).
Purchase is by e.g. Amazon.com or in their stores for US$ 149 or € 155. The price for rentals is US$ 9.95 per day with the data pass included, but you need to take these days consecutively and have to add extra cost for delivery and return.
Alternatively at many airports, you can instead choose to pick up your order at kiosks in in certain key locations like London Heathrow Airport (all terminals except T1) or railway stations.
Data options Edit
Skyroam used to sell only day passes valid for 24 hours valid in all of the mentioned countries. When you have purchased their device, you only need to register once, get a 24-hour day pass, connect, and start using data. More day passes can be bought through your account using international credit cards or PayPal:
- 24-hrs day pass:
- up to 3G: € 7, US$ 8
- with 4G/LTE: € 8, US$ 9
Note, that there is a FUP policy in place hidden in their FAQ: If there is "high usage" (that's considered more than 750 MB [effective March 2018] within 24 hours), the connection will be throttled to max. 256 kbit/s for the rest of the day. Data will reset for the new day pass.
In March 2018 monthly data passes were introduced. They include "unlimited" mobile WiFi for a promotional price of € 80 or US$ 99 per month. After the month of March, the price will go up to € 100 or US$ 125 per month. The same daily FUP of 750 MB high-speed volume applies.
Skyroam 3GMate+ Edit
The predecessor to the Solis hotspot was the 3GMate+ without 4G/LTE. It's has been slowly phased out now. It's smaller and lighter at 4.2 by 2.3 by 0.8 inches (10.7 x 5.8 x 2 cm) and 4.9 ounces (68 g) and made of plastic, with a black front and bright orange back. Pop-off the back and you'll find a 2,900 mAh battery. It supports 2G/GSM and 3G/HSPA on the 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100 MHz bands. Skyroam says it's HSPA+ with max. 42 Mbps, but has no 4G/LTE. It can be used for 8 hours of continuously and 20 hours on standby and can link up to 8 devices. The same embedded SIM technology is employed and you can connect up to 5 devices at the same time to the device and it works for 8 hours or 123 hours on standby.
Skyroam has discontinued distribution now, but you can still find it through other dealers on Amazon, eBay and other platforms. It used to be sold for US$ 79.99 with 3 x 24-hrs day passes (= $30) included, but 3rd party prices vary.
More info Edit
FLINK based in Vienna, Austria rents mobile WiFi hotspots of Skyroam. They use the same 3G MATE+ device (see above).
You can book a hotspot online and have it delivered to your hotel or any private address at home or in your destination country. The hotspot even works when your travel across multiple countries during one day. At the end of your rental period, you need to return the device in the prepaid envelope included in your order. The hotspot can be rented from 1 to 31 days.
Rental price per day (excl. delivery costs) is € 9.90. Delivery by FedEx or postal service is from € 5.70 to € 35.70 depending on country, return is € 6.50 to € 32 or you can choose to mail it by yourself. In case of loss or damage € 130 will be charged to your payment system.
They enforce the same "high use" policy like Skyroam of throttling to 2G speed if you use more than 500 MB per day. However speed will be reset to normal at the beginning of the next day.
- Website can be set to English: www.getflink.com
XOXO WiFi Edit
XOXO WiFi has become an international company based in Lodz, Poland offering WiFi mobile hotspots working in over 100 countries (the list of countries is here)
Rental price is € 9.50 per day for most countries plus delivery fees. UPS Express delivery starts from € 4 and is variable to country. The return price is starts at € 3.50 or you can send it back directly to the company by your own. All delivery information you will get after making an order.
You can order it from company's website where you can select, how long would you like to rent the device. The device looks like the Skyroam 3GMate+ with the same specifics, but the company doesn't want this to be revealed. It can be assumed that XOXO WiFI resells Skyroams offer.
The company has also taken off the referral to Skyroam's FUP of 1 GB per day for 4G/LTE and 500 MB for 3G/HSPA+. Nevertheless, you sign their T&Cs stating: after crossing the FUP limit of data during the day, device data transmission speed is reduced by the end of this period and will be no more than 256 kbps for data downloads and no more than 128 kbps for data sent. When you keep or break the device or it gets lost in the mail, you are required to pay € 115.
More info Edit
- Website: https://xoxowifi.com/
We.Stream is the brand of a Dutch-based company called Mondicon offering a mobile 4G/WiFi hotspot that can be used in 100 countries for data. The new offer was launched at the Passenger Experience Week in Hamburg in 2018.
Their mobile WiFi hotspot works with an embedded SIM (eSIM) through a built-in VPN. It can stay online for 15 hours and doubles as a power bank and can be added by 2 physical SIM cards. It's sold on their website for €149, £ 149 or US$ 179 including 2 GB of data.
It supports LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 19, 20, 38, 39, 40, 41; 3G and 2G, weights 240 gr. and measures 126.5*65*19 mm in size. WiFi is on IEEE802.11b/g/n up to 150 Mbit/s.
Data offer Edit
Data roaming is in 100 countries (list) so far with all usual countries covered. They offer yearly, monthly, weekly and daily plans for all countries:
- "Unlimited" for a year: 2 GB per month for € 20.75 per month and 5 GB/month for € 41.50/month
- for 30 days: 5 GB at € 99 or 10 GB at € 149
- for 7 days: 500 MB per day at € 49 per week
- for a day: 500 MB at € 8
When high-speed allowances is reached, speed will be throttled to 128 kbit/s. All plans auto-renew, if not discontinued. Top-ups are through their website.
More info Edit
- Website: https://www.we.stream
Goodspeed is a brand created by the Finnish Uros Ltd. They follow a different approach in selling WiFi routers for roaming data. They teamed up with Chinese manufacturer ZTE to develop the MF900.
WiFi hotspot Edit
Their new WiFi hotspot is called MF900 and has been released in 2015. It can take up to 10 SIM cards and gives up to 14 WiFi or USB connections simultaneously. It covers all 2G, 3G and most 4G/LTE frequencies of B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/41 and battery lasts for 12 hours. It's sold exclusively through Goodspeed online and its sales channels for € 139, US$ 149, £ 119.
Data rates Edit
About 77 countries around the world are supported. On the device, you can use your own SIM card(s) too. They currently sell one pass only for all countries:
- 250 MB for a day: 7.90 €, US$ 8.50, £ 6.90
Special business rates are available too.
More info Edit
Cellhire was formed in 1987 and has become a specialist global service provider. It claims to be the world market leader in short term communications rental, with a fleet of up to 55,000 handsets and connections on hire worldwide at any one time. Their headquarters are in York, UK, with additional offices in London, France, Germany, Japan, China and throughout the US. They have service agreements with more than 100 network partners in over 40 countries. This makes their offer quite hard to display as it changes from country to country, though all regional sites offer worldwide shipping for a surcharge. That's why you should check their different sites for their offer:
- Cellhire US: data SIM card in 3 categories (EU, international, international plus) with fixed MB allocations for purchase. Optional 3G MiFi router for purchase. Also sold through Amazon.com and other dealers.
- Cellhire UK: international 3G data SIM and some regional SIM cards for rental, optional 3G Mifi for rental, hidden FUP and deposit applies.
- Cellhire DE: international 4G data SIM and some regional SIM cards for rental, optional 4G Mifi for rental, hidden FUP and deposit applies.
- Cellhire FR: monthly international 3G data SIM for rental with 5 GB, optional 3G Mifi for rental, deposit applies.