Tep Pocket Wifi Review
Tep is a pocket WiFi device for Europe that you can rent at ~$7.90/day for 150mb. To rent the device, you provide them your travel details and they mail the device to your home/hotel, or you can pick it up from select airports.
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Pro Cheap pricing for Europe
At $5-$10 a day (depending on data usage) the Tep is considerably cheaper than the Xcom (~$15).
Pro Covers the primary European destinations
The Europe plan has coverage for the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom.
Pro Uses great hardware
The Tep wifi modem has an screen on the front that shows signal strength and battery life, but also helps you keep track of data consumption. Competing products, in particular the XCOM modems, are older devices that require you to log into their website to keep track of consumption.
The Tep wifi also supports up to 5 simultaneously connected devices, and the battery is replaceable.
Pro Advertised speeds are accurate in real-life use.
Tep claims to provide around 5.6 Mbps down while in 3G / HSPA+ areas and 1 Mbps up. During Engadget's review, they achieved those speeds in real world usage. That said, speeds are very dependent on the particular country you're in.
Con Some people have had customer support issues
A quick browse through international travel forums show that people have had occasional issues with customer support. This bog post covers one travelers particularly bad experience with the company earlier in 2013. It should be noted though that the majority of consumer reviews are positive.
Con Coverage limited
Con Confusing pricing
Con Annoying to get coverage in France
You need a separate device from Tep for coverage in France.
Con They don't provide 4G
Only 3G is mentioned on the advertising, but the real speed is much lower than that.