Internet in England: 4 solutions to stay connected on holiday
Renting a pocket WiFi in England is the best way to stay connected to the Internet during your holidays in England. Pocket WiFi is also called: portable WiFi, mini router, wireless WiFi router, or WiFi hotspot. Despite its growth, pocket WiFi is not yet well known in France. However, it is the most widely used Internet tool in Europe by travelers. Pocket WiFi allows you to stay connected to the Internet in England, with a very high quality speed.
The best solutions to have internet in England
Portable WiFi rental
The portable WiFi solution is the one we recommend for many reasons. First of all for its power, since you will have a 4G speed, and a download speed exceeding 100Mbps.
Moreover, it is very practical, due to its small size. You can take it everywhere with you, without it being a nuisance for your activities. Also, you will be able to share the benefits with the people accompanying you. Indeed, pocket WiFi allows up to 10 simultaneous connections (smartphone, tablet, computer...).
In England, the largest cities, such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, or Sheffield have total 4G coverage. But portable WiFi can also connect from the various mobile network providers in England, providing you with optimal coverage throughout the country.
Renting pocket WiFi is the ideal solution to connect to the Internet in England, with optimal speed thanks to 4G LTE.
Free WiFi in England
The free WiFi solution in England is of course the cheapest way to connect to the Internet. Despite this, there are some negative points. The most common problem is disconnection.
It is linked to too many simultaneous connections on the same router. You may encounter another problem during your use. Indeed, because of an extremely low flow rate, the slightest action will take a considerable amount of time.
Be careful, however, as there is a risk of piracy. Indeed, public WiFi networks are much less secure than private WiFi. Every day, reckless travelers are hacked into airports and stations, for example.
Concerning London here is a list of places offering free wifi. Nevertheless, most of these places will ask you to consume in exchange for access codes.
Prepaid SIM cards in England
To obtain a prepaid SIM card, you will be asked for a bank account and an address in England. Many SIM card providers in England have special offers for travelers, such as T-Mobile, Vodafone, or Orange UK.
The SIM card will be very useful for your local calls and SMS. However, it will be a little less so for your international calls, at a cost that is still too high. As far as Internet access in England is concerned, the price is affordable for respectable offers.
However, it will be 3G, unlike pocket wifi which is 4G LTE. Knowing that 4G is 10 times faster than 3G, there will be a big difference in use. Another small disadvantage with prepaid SIM cards is that you will no longer be able to be reached on your usual number.
Make sure that your phone is compatible with the English frequency bands. Otherwise, you will have to buy a local phone on site.
Data abroad in England
The use of data abroad in England is also called "dataRoaming", which means buying an Internet package from your current provider. This is certainly the worst solution to adopt, because you run a huge risk of having a very bad surprise when you return from your trip.
Some suppliers such as Bouygues or Orange charge 1Euro / Mo, knowing that the average traveller uses up to 800 Mo per day, the bill can very quickly increase. Because the real problem is that once your package expires or is exhausted, your provider will bill you at full rate for all your minutes spent outside the package, without any warning that you are no longer under the package.
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