How to stay connected and get WiFi in Europe?
One of the most common problems travelers are facing when traveling abroad is "How can I stay connected to the internet during my trip?". It is now easier and cheaper to get wifi in Europe and abroad than it used to be. You just need to know your options.
Nowadays, every traveler needs his smartphone/tablet/laptop. Getting the internet abroad is a top priority. For some users, it will be for staying in touch with family. For others, it will be to kill time during long transfers browsing Facebook or use maps if you get lost.
4 Ways To Get WiFi In Europe
1. Get an international/global plan for Europe with your provider
Just going online on your provider's website and getting a global plan is probably one of the easiest options. You will get a basic data and/or call package for your trip to Europe. Once you land in Europe this will automatically be activated.
Then you can rush on Facebook as soon as you land to post the cool photos you just took in the plane. But international packages are usually the least affordable way to get internet in Europe (After Data roaming).
Depending on your provider you can be charged from $30 to $50 just to get 100 Mb of data usage (that will last you about few hours). And more importantly, you can end up paying insane amounts of money if your provider does not notify you when the international package is over. You will switch automatically to data roaming in Europe without knowing.
2. Use Free WiFi hotspots in Hotels, Cafes and restaurants in Europe
If you are a budget traveler in Europe and you don't need to be connected all the time, this option is the best for you. You can find WiFi Hotspots in Europe quite easily.
In large cities at hotels, cafes, airport a free wifi is generally available. But the other hand, the internet speed will be slow most of the time. Beware of data theft if the WiFi requires you to log in or enter your information.
3. Buy a European Prepaid Sim Card
Buying a prepaid SIM Card for Europe online is pretty easy nowadays. It is an affordable option to get data, calls and SMS in Europe.
We advise you to check with your provider before your trip if your phone is unlocked. Then you will be sure that it will work with European Sim cards from any carriers. Also, I highly recommend that you purchase the SIM card online.
Many European countries will not allow you to purchase a local SIM card if you don't have an address in the country. Our tip to buy a Prepaid Data SIM card for Europe online.
4. Rent a Pocket WiFi for Europe
The Pocket WiFi is the best solution for travelers who need to have constant internet access throughout their trip. It is a device smaller than a smartphone that will provide a WiFi connection on the go to up to 10 People at the same time.
By using a Pocket WiFi, you can have internet in every country in Europe without worrying about data roaming.
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