Tep Wireless Review – The Pros and Cons of Having a Portable Wi-fi Device

June 1, 2017

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Have you ever arrived at an airport hoping that it would have good Wi-Fi connection and only found out later that you cannot open your boarding pass on your phone app because the signal of the airport Wi-Fi is too weak? So, you thought you were going to save time and you had already checked in at home. You were ready to storm through airport security so that you can do some shopping at the duty-free and relax at the gate, maybe eat something before departure. Instead of executing on your plans, you will have to stand in line again to get your boarding pass printed at the check-in desk because the airport Wi-Fi failed on you. I can’t tell you how many times this happened to me. Also, can’t tell you how many times I was stuck in the middle of nowhere at a small airport staring at the wall without Wi-Fi because my flight was 3 hours late. So, I decided to get a mobile Wi-Fi router from TEP Wireless that I can carry in my pocket to ensure, I won’t be left without Wi-Fi in the middle of nowhere again and there are no surprises on my trips. Here is my honest Tep Wireless review to help you learn about the pros and cons of traveling with a portable Wi-Fi device.

In The Himalayas - Tep Wireless Review

In The Himalayas – Tep Wireless Review

What Is TEP Wireless And How Can You Benefit From It?

TEP Wireless is a mobile Wi-Fi device that you can carry in your pocket or in your purse. This little device works as a Wi-Fi hotspot in over 100 countries across the globe. It is a necessary item for business travelers, bloggers or for anyone who wants to make sure she is connected to the World.

You can purchase or rent a TEP Wireless hotspot and you pay a daily rate. For £7.95 you can have unlimited Internet for 24 hours from the moment you turn your device on. You can get your license for a specific country or for an entire continent or for the entire World.

Lake Temple - Bali - Tep Wireless Review

Lake Temple – Bali – Tep Wireless Review

 

How does it work?

You press the device on the side and it will turn on and provide you with a hotspot name and a password. The hotspot will connect to the network of the biggest local provider. The speed can vary by country and the strength of the coverage. Once you turn on the device, you will be charged for 24 hours even if you only use the device for an hour, so make sure to only turn it on, when you need it to make the most of it. If you just turn it on to look up something quickly on the Internet, it is probably not the best option.

In the Salt Flats of Bolivia - Tep Wireless Review

In the Salt Flats of Bolivia – Tep Wireless Review

Price Compared to Other Providers

The price is £7.95 for a 24-hour period, which is slightly cheaper than the price of its competitors. This device can be used in the mountains, on a boat as long as you are not too far from the shore, so it is an excellent product for travelers, who want to stay online. And who doesn’t want to these days? You can compare this fee to the fees of your roaming provider, however, roaming will only work on your phone. The benefit of Tep Wireless Hotspot is that you can use it on 5 different devices and it will give you the benefit of being able to work on your laptop and use your phone as well. It is also great for families because a number of family members can connect to the Internet at the same time. So £7.95 is nothing if you share it amongst multiple people.

Cruising the Islands and Lagoons of El Nido Palawan - Tep Wireless Review

Cruising the Islands and Lagoons of El Nido Palawan – Tep Wireless Review

 

How Fast is the Internet Tep Wireless Provides?

Tep partners with the biggest Internet providers worldwide to make sure they can provide its clients with the fastest Internet connection. Rural or uninhabited areas can have weaker coverage. It is advised to get in touch with the company if you are planning on traveling to such areas so that they can verify the coverage of your destination. The Tep travel Wi-Fi hotspot offers a 5.8 Mbps upload and 7.2 Mbps download speed. Some countries offer faster internet on the phone, but for a Wi-Fi hot spot, it is pretty good. I was able to watch my favorite YouTube channels without any issues in my hotel room in Berlin. For some reason, our room was too far from the router at the reception and did not have a Wi-Fi connection. Luckily, I had my Tep Wireless device on me, so I wasn’t worried.

For European users: A 4G upgrade is available, which offers a speed of 25Mbps.

Tep Wireless Review

Tep Wireless Review

Where Can You Use It?

The device can be used in more than 100 countries around the World!

Africa: Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa.

Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

Caribbean Islands: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, and The Caribbean Islands.

Europe: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican.

Middle East: Cyprus, Israel, Qatar, and Turkey.

North America: Canada, Mexico, and United States.

Oceania: Australia, Christmas Island, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand, and Saipan.

South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Sailing in Sri Lanka - Tep Wireless Review

You Can Use Tep While Whale-Watching in Sri Lanka – Tep Wireless Review

 

Should You Get the Tep Wi-Fi for Travel?

Pros:

  • The device works in over 100 countries, so you won’t be left without Internet anywhere you go.
  • You pay as you go and you only have to pay for the days you use it
  • A whole family or a group of friends can share one device
  • You won’t have to manually search for the best and largest Internet providers on your phone, as Tep already partners with the biggest companies and they will provide you with the fastest most reliable connection in every country.
  • A small device is easy to carry around.

Cons:

  • £7.95 a day might be more, than the roaming charges of your phone provider in certain countries, but rates on your roaming may vary from country to country, while Tep Wireless will give you the same rate everywhere you go. However, phone data may not work as a Hotspot abroad and you will only be able to use the Internet on your phone and you won’t be able to use it on other devices.

In conclusion, I will not travel abroad without this device, because I don’t like to get stranded at airports in the middle of nowhere without Wi-Fi and I can’t wait to use this on my next sailing trip around the Greek Islands. Last year everyone on our boat was suffering from Internet withdrawals. This year, my friends will be thrilled that I found a solution to everyone’s problem.

Sailing Around the Greek Islands - Tep Wireless Review

Sailing Around the Greek Islands – Tep Wireless Review

If you have more questions about the device, check out their frequently asked questions on the website.

Are you a traveler, who needs to be online to get work done or to connect to your home country? Get yourself a Tep Wireless device at 10% off by clicking here. Use Tep Wireless coupon: Barbara

The company offers a 100% money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. Get it now for your upcoming trip this Summer!

 

Disclaimer: This article was created in collaboration with “TEP Wireless. Some of the links in this article are affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own.

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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

  • I have TEP wireless with me, too! It can be expensive but it’s very handy to have especially when you get to a place with there’s no connection. Sometimes, we just really need internet connection so we can check emails while on the road.

    • Barb

      Yes, it s true. It can be very frustrated sometimes to be left without Internet unexpectadly.

  • Hi Barb,

    The country list is phenomenal. Love how you can use this in so many spots around the world. I am able to grab signals most of the time but having a backup in case the connection drops out in high traffic (WiFi-wise) airports makes sense. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

    • Barb

      Thanks Ryan. I have connection most of the time too, but I am in Japan now and I was left without Internet in many cases, so it has helped me tremendiously.

  • 👻💭Barbara 💌 big thank you for for the useful informations. Your exclusive jet-set destinations ‘re great & glamour, working as a blogger, i will say : Une réelle invitation aux voyages et aux grandes évasions pour la famille (Ways to Inspire People & a map to find great holiday ! ) Your devoted frirendly ghost and his muses. Au revoir.

    • Barb

      You are too funny Hadrien, thank you for the kind comment and happy travels!

  • Suruchi Mittal

    Nice review Barbara. I really liked that its just pocket size; you can connect 5 devices in one go and it works in almost 100 countries but simultaneously i felt it to be bit expensive too. It will be helpful for the bloggers and writers too. Will surely try it out.

    • Barb

      Yes, it might be expensive for solo travelers, but it is ideal for a family or for a bigger group of people.

  • megan_claire

    We love TEP Wireless, we used it across Europe and it was a great way to tether wifi to our phone while we were lost in venice and be able to pull up Google maps to find our way back to the hotel! Also allowed me to get work done at the airport when there was no WiFi. It’s worth it’s weight in gold!!

    • Barb

      Yes, I know what it s like to be getting lost in Venice. I have been there at least 10 times and I always get lost. So, it s great when you have something to rely on….

  • I need one of these! Even though most hotels and restaurants have wifi, it’s definitely comforting to know that you can have your own wifi in your pocket to use whenever you need it. I’ll be getting one for my next trip.

    • Barb

      Yes, you should. There are some airports with really bad Wi-Fi and also hotels that dont have decent Internet. So, it s good to carry one as a back up.

  • This is a nice and balanced post Barbara…and I think this is a great option for traveller. I often take a local sim with data in every new country and it’s a bit tiresome…this certainly works better, even if this is a bit pricey…

    • Barb

      True, it might be for some. It s for people who travel across different countries and dont stay too long in one place.

  • I wish they’d have created wifi hotspot devices when I was on the road for 4 years and running from cafe to cafe to try and find Wifi! If i’m ever on the road again I’ll definitely consider getting one.

    • Barb

      I m always on the road and it s a great thing to have on me, when I travel.

  • Anete Ilmete

    This seems very usefull to have. I’d like to try it out at some point. Thanks for the useful information. And it’s awesome that it can be used in so many countries.

    • Barb

      Yes, I agree, it is a great thing to have, when you travel. I feel so lost without Wi-fi or Internet connection sometimes.

  • Danik Bates

    THis is a really great device and would recommend using it. We used it in northern Finland earlier this year and worked a treat. 🙂 Sometimes its good to post those social media posts whilst on the move but some days, I like to switch off and be in the ‘real’ world 😀

    • Barb

      Yes, I agree. Social media is way too time consuming and addictive unfortunately. It s hard to quit.

  • Raghav

    I have been really itching to use a portable wifi for quite a while not but just haven’t been able to get around to it. It really is a nifty device that can come in handy especially for bloggers like us. Thanks for all the tips and I do feel that at 7.95 it is cheaper than overseas data charges for me at least. Shall give it a go next time for sure.

    • Barb

      Sounds great! Yes, some countries can charge a lot for roaming and this device will give you unlimited data for any day. So it s great!

  • Kavita

    We usually rent a wifi hotspot when visiting Japan and it’s been so convenient to have wifi available whenever we need it. For other countries, would consider TEP. In some places, my husband’s UK phone provider doesn’t charge extra for using local data roaming, so that’s a huge help.

    • Barb

      My UK local data roaming (Three) doesnt cost in many countries, but it doesnt work as a hotspot, so I cant get any work done on my computer only check social media on my phone, which is not enough for me. I m heading to Japan tomorrow and I cant wait to use TEP!

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