My husband and I recently came back from Tokyo and if I ever thought other transportation systems, streets and maps were confusing I obviously had never encountered Japan. I can say arriving jetlagged, tired and at rush hour can be quite overwhelming. We got lost more times than I care to remember on the way to our hotel. Fortunately, when we checked in there was a package awaiting in our room, my pocket WI-FI. It was my saving grace!
We charged it that evening along with the extra battery that was included. The next day we used it from 8 am to 11 pm and we didn’t even need the extra battery. We navigated through the different Tokyo neighborhoods using Google maps, checking reviews on restaurants, and navigating through their metro and JR stations like pros. The WI-FI was fast and reliable. It allowed both of our phones to log on to the WI-FI. I was surprised at the battery life and how fast the Internet was, even when we traveled to Kyoto and remote Nagano.
The WI-FI Router is about the size of an IPhone and small enough to fit in a small bag or your back pocket and for $55 dollars for 7 days and $79.50 for 15 days it is definitely worth getting.
Things to know:
· They deliver for free to the hotel and give you a prepaid envelope for the return; you can also drop it off at their airport location
· Unlimited Data
· 10-12 hours battery life (We didn’t change to the second battery until about 15 hours of use)
· It can be used for your laptop, android, iPhone, iPad and pretty much anything that uses WI-FI
· The second battery can also be used to charge your phone if you have your iPhone or android cable
· No installation system
· It must be purchased online 2 days prior to your arrival if you want it to be delivered the day of your arrival if not you can purchase at the airport location
· You can use American Express, visa online
Pocket Wi-Fi rentals are available in most countries! I will never travel abroad without one so definitely check them out next time you’re planning a trip and hey, if you prefer the element of surprise and wandering the city streets, you can always turn it off.
Global Rental (A bit pricier 14 dollars a day but it covers every country for those traveling to different countries during one trip): http://www.xcomglobal.com/international-wifi