Mobile Internet Belgium: find out how to stay connected on holiday
At a time when travellers need to stay connected to the Internet more and more. The wifi solution is portable and is still the best, thanks to the Belgian mobile internet.
Mobile Internet Belgium: the 4 solutions
The wireless wifi router is also called pocket wifi, wifi hotspot, mini router or portable wifi. In recent years, pocket wifi has been the main trend for travellers to access the Internet when travelling on Belgian soil.
With wifi hotspot, you stay connected everywhere in Belgium, at very high speed (4G, up to 100Mb per second).
Pocket Wifi rental
Renting a pocket wifi is an innovative, fun and inexpensive solution. To enjoy unlimited access to very high speed Internet access, thanks to a small mobile modem that fits in a pocket. The portable wifi emits a 15-meter signal around him. It can share its connection with 10 devices with a wifi option such as computers, tablets, smartphones or game consoles.
In Belgium, large cities such as Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège, Brussels, Bruges, Namur, Schaerbeek or Anderlecht offer a large 4G coverage. But, when you leave these cities to reach smaller cities, it is interesting to note that the wireless wifi router can also connect to the different Belgian mobile network providers. This will allow you to have complete coverage throughout the country.
The rental of the mini router with unlimited access and optimal bandwidth quality, thanks to the 4G LTE. It is available from 6.40 Euros per day on the following website: My Webspot
Free Wifi in Belgium
Free wifi is an access to an external network. They are generally offered in large urban areas and by private entities such as cafés, bars, hotels or restaurants. Please note that a minimum purchase in these places will be required to have the code giving access to the Internet.
To find all the hotspot sites in Belgium, you can consult the following site: find a free wifi network in Belgium .
However, some problems remain with the free wifi solution, such as quality. It is slow and often disconnects. So if you need to upload files, videos or even share photos on social networks, you may find it very difficult to do so. You may also face hacking problems; there are a large number of hackers on free wifi networks, as the connection is not secure, unlike pocket wifi.
Prepaid SIM card in Belgium
A bank account and a local address are required to obtain a package with a prepaid SIM card in Belgium.
You can consult the following website for a list of Belgian mobile operators. However, the packages offered are generally more attractive for local and international calls than for Internet calls. Because for the moment, Internet subscriptions only have 3G, unlike portable wifi which offers 4G LTE 10 times faster.
The prepaid SIM card also has some problems here:
your usual number will not be available while you are using the Belgian prepaid SIM card
many phones are not compatible with the Belgian prepaid SIM card
Mobile Internet Belgium: Data abroad
"Data abroad" is the use of your package to access the Internet. Also called Data Roaming, it is the worst solution to adopt during your holidays in Belgium. Suppliers such as Bouygues or Orange invoice each MB used by their customers individually; knowing that a traveller uses up to 800MB on average per day, the risk of receiving a very large invoice is high.
If you want to avoid having a very big surprise when you return from your vacation by receiving a large bill, don't opt for this solution.
*Unlimited internet with Daily Fair Usage Policy applies. Europe & USA: 1GB in 4G/LTE - Mexico : 2GB - South East Asia, Japan & China: Unlimited 4G/LTE - Rest of the world: 500MB in 4G /LTE. Throttled speed of up to 512kbps afterwards.