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Globalgig Hotspot: Taking the pain out of data roaming

Mark Gibbs | April 5, 2013
Business travel is, under the best of circumstances, a royal pain in the butt, and when you're roaming internationally with a smartphone and need to make some calls and keep up with email, you face a zonking great bill when you get home.

So, you're probably wondering, what does Globalgig cost? Well, if you opt for an 18-month contract the device itself is free, and on a month-to-month plan it costs $99. Data plans start at $17 per month for 1GB and go up to $80 per month for 10GB, with over-plan data being charged at $0.05 per MB. That's it.

I love this device! On my England trip I not only used the Globalgig Hotspot to check email, I also used it to navigate with Google Maps, and I made Skype calls (though admittedly not using video). As for cost savings, on another iPhone we racked up $150 in roaming charges for next to no use (AT&T charges just under $20 per MB for international pay-per-use data roaming and $30 for 120MB on a pre-ordered plan!) so for frequent travelers the Globalgig Hotspot will save a fortune.

Bottom line: The Globalgig Hotspot is a great product and a great service and gets a Gearhead rating of 5 out of 5.


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