A Tep Wireless is a small device that fits in your pocket and allows you to connect to the internet at any time. Think of it like carrying around your modem, but much smaller and without cables.
Having a Tep Wireless whilst abroad will allow you to connect to wifi on-the-go without being restricted to your hotel or Starbucks. In fact you don't even need to be indoors, you can connect to wifi in the great open outdoors - like on the Golden Gate:
We trialled a Tep Wireless in the USA for nine days, and this is what we thought:
Why we wanted a Tep Wireless
The main reason we decided to go for a Tep Wireless was because of the US transportation system: a couple of weeks before our trip we thought 'oh no, American public transport it's non-existent, right?' We knew we'd have to catch a bunch of ubers and knew we wouldn't be able to rely on free airport wifi to do this.
Tep Wireless can be used across most of the globe:
- Plan where we want to go that day
- Print screen the walking directions to public transport
- Print screen the bus/train times for the next hour or so in case some are delayed
- Print screen the walking directions from public transport to wherever we're going
- Make sure we've print screened a wide enough area in case we walk the wrong way
- Look up a few different options for where to have lunch
|Vegenation - found in Vegas thanks to Tep and the HappyCow App|
When we were travelling on the bus from LA to Vegas, we used the Tep to track exactly where we were on the road (and how much longer we had left).
Speaking of hotels: having a Tep means you don't have to rely on hotel wifi; both in terms of the fact that you can use the internet whilst travelling about and not in your hotel room, but also because you can also use it IN YOUR HOTEL ROOM!
Okay, anyone whose ever stayed someplace with bad wifi will know what I'm talking about - a couple of times on our USA trip we found ourselves using the Tep to work because a) you can connect your laptop to your Tep Wireless and b) our Tep Wireless had better download/upload speed than our hotel.
And even if your hotel wifi is great, there are still some things you shouldn't do on hotel wifi with a shared connection - like checking your credit card/anything to do with money.
I checked our credit card a few times whilst we were in the USA (we have a 0% conversion rate so we were using it to buy stuff there). It was so nice to be able to check our accounts without worrying that we were on an unsafe connection.
Also, we didn't need to use this because we both speak English - but can you imagine using Tep in a country where you don't speak the language? You can have google translate doing all your speaking for you, no more bad charades for you!
Hopefully you can tell by now that I was SUPER impressed by the Tep Wireless - we thought we'd only use it a couple of times a day but quickly found there were plenty of things to use it for.
That's probably why I found the battery didn't last all day - because I was always on it. If you're not a travel blogger/social media influencer and aren't on your phone all day then I can't imagine you'd have the same problem.
If you're worried though, you can always rent a power bank too. My phone also ran out of battery - I literally didn't see much of the USA at all, just my screen 😭
Returning the Tep Wireless if you go back to the UK is super easy (and free) simply drop it off at Heathrow or at London Paddington.
Sending it back from other countries depends on where you're sending it from. It will cost $5-$60 depending on which country you're sending it from. And note it does have a battery in it so some countries (like Thailand) get a bit funny about sending those.
In the end (as we were sending it from Thailand), we decided it was easier to keep the device: it was going to cost $60 to FedEx it back and we knew we'd use it again in the future (and at just $8 a day this made a lot more sense).
What about just getting a sim card?
Some people get a sim card when they travel, with data on it that they can use. This is why a Tep is better:
- Tep Wireless wifi is unlimited - unlike most sim packages
- If you're going to lots of different countries you don't have to get lots of different sim cards
- Having a Tep saves you time - it gets sent to your house before you leave, you don't have to waste the precious time of your holiday finding a sim card
- You can connect up to five devices to your Tep, including your laptops - which you can't do with a sim
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