Are you a baby boomer who needs to stay plugged-in when traveling internationally? Alan and I certainly fit that description. On our recent road trip to Northern Italy, we were faced with the dilemma of how to stay connected without paying a fortune in cell phone roaming fees. And we couldn’t be certain about the reliability of free wi-fi that might be included with our accommodations. The solution? Wireless data rental service with the MiFi Mobile Hotspot from XCom Global.
The MiFi Mobile device comes with an unlimited data plan, currently starting at a discounted price of $14.95 per day through December 31, 2010 (regular price $17.95 per day). The unit has the ability to wirelessly connect up to five devices. The best part? No long-term contracts.
After contacting XCom Global, the San Diego, California, company sent us the MiFi Mobile device in time for our trip to Italy. The small, black unit arrived with a MiFi battery, sim card for our location, travel pouch, user guide as well as an AC adapter with international plugs.
So, how did the MiFi Mobile wireless unit work on the road? Alan and I found it easy to connect, although service was not provided for the Lake Como portion of our trip. To determine coverage, we checked out the country map located on the XCom Global website. Most of the time, the signal was strong, giving us the means to stay connected and take care of business.
With 32 countries currently supported by the service, baby boomer travelers will find the MiFi Mobile wireless unit a convenient and economical way to stay connected. XCom Global has recently added Israel, Argentina and Puerto Rico to the list of destinations that are covered. Unlimited 3G access begins at a discounted price of $14.95 per day through December 31, 2010 (regular price $17.95 per day).
Disclosure: XCom Global provided a MiFi Mobile Unit for our use while we traveled in Italy.