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How to Get Portable International Travel WIFI

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How to Get Portable International Travel WIFI

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I’m not sure how we would have found an emergency room to help Lindsay when she got sick in Merida, Mexico without access to Expat Facebook groups, translation apps, Uber, and Google Maps. Especially, when we were both worked up and high stress. SURE – they did it back in the day – but why take the risk?

In the next few months, we’re taking dozens of trips to places as diverse as Louisville, Kentucky in the US to Cusco, Peru to Cairo, Egypt. As an LGBT couple, we just feel more secure when we have a WIFI connection. Which is why we ordered our Teppy. A Teppy is a pocket size device that transmits WIFI from your pocket or purse while you’re on the go.

It really just makes sense when you’re traveling internationally. We do everything online from booking our trips, banking and, for us, continuing to work so we can earn a living.

Finding reliable free WIFI is a pain when you’re constantly on the go. I didn’t want to change our travel plans or alter our daily itinerary in an effort to find wifi.

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The Teppy comes with an international converter, charging cable, carrying case, and instruction manual.

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How much does international travel WIFI cost?

Back in 2014, I spent a summer bouncing around Europe. I still had to work and passed on the pricey international data plans because I figured I’d just use wifi at the hotels. WRONG I ended up having to purchase a ton of international data from my cell phone service provider and ended up with a crazy bill. They charged me more than $200 USD for 1 GB of data, but I didn’t have a choice I had to continue working.

The other option is finding a local SIM card and setting up a local plan for your data. It’s a huge pain. Especially for folks from the US who may or may not have an unlocked phone before traveling.

Teppy is a much more affordable and convenient option. With Teppy I don’t have to worry about My phone being unlocked, finding a WIFI friendly location, or crazy phone bills.

They offer two different options. You can either buy or rent your Teppy. We decided to buy ours outright for $99 USD plus $8 a day for wifi connectivity. If you’re a less frequent traveler you can choose to rent your Teppy and pay for service at $8.95 per day. They’ll ship the appropriate Teppy to your house, hotel, or in some cases the airport.

If you travel just a couple times a year outside your home country, then renting a Teppy is probably best for you, so you don’t have to fuss with owning another small gadget. Plus, if you decide you’d like to keep it after the rental period they give you an option to buy the device.

How Teppy works

  • Buy or rent your Teppy.
  • Tep Wireless ships it straight to you
  • When it arrives it may need to be charged
  • When you’re ready to use it turn on the WiFi on the phone
  • Choose the ‘Teppy WiFi’
  • Type in the password, which is displayed on Teppy’s screen.
  • BOOM CONNECTION

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What I love about Teppy

  • You can connect from multiple devices. I had four different devices connected at once without a drop in speed.
  • Unlimited data. Lindsay says, “I’m a slave to the wifi” but in my defense, I run this entire blog and both our full-time jobs through the internet. Which means I use a TON of data. Unlimited was definitely a lifesaver.  
  • They send it straight to you. There’s no running around the airport or a city trying to find a sim card. They ship it straight to your house or hotel.
  • Secure connection. Call me paranoid, but I prefer to do all my internet creeping on a secure line. I’m not trying to have hackers stealing all my dachshund selfies. Gasp

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What I didn’t like about Teppy

  • Size. Sometimes gurthy isn’t always better size queen or not. Teppy is about the same size as my iPhone 7 but it’s about an inch thick which makes it too big to put in the pocket of my lady jeans. Lindsay had no problem carrying it around in her pocket though so it’s a rather small issue. I just chucked it in my purse and it still worked perfectly.
  • Slow to connect when you turn it on. This is really small but I’m an impatient person and let’s be honest here, immediate gratification is life. When you turn Teppy on it take a couple minutes for it to wake up and connect. The wait is usually when I’m standing there trying to Google something. The obvious solution would be to just leave it connected – but shrug – I never did.
  • Battery life. The battery lasts about 6 hours which is pretty decent but definitely not a full day of touring. It wasn’t a problem when I turned it off and only turned it back on when actively in use but it is something to consider.  
  • More expensive. It is more expensive than buying a SIM card for each country you visit, but it’s far more convenient. If you’re on a backpacker’s budget you might have to go the SIM card route but as a business owner and an LGBT traveler, I can’t gamble.

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9 Comments

  • Reply Lydia Smith at 8:21 pm

    When all you do is intenet related, you just need WiFi no matter what a anyone says. In fact, traveling without steady connection(WiFi is always better) is just going to be a frustrating trip. But Teppy has more of good sides, that’s what matters. The unlimited data it offers would make up for other shortcomings😜

  • Reply Lisa Rivera at 9:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of Teppy before, but it sounds very convenient when travelling. I’m terribly old-school when it comes to this, and just wait to get back to my hotel/guesthouse! I can imagine the size isn’t always convenient, but good to know you have it when you need it most.

  • Reply Kathy VA at 9:23 pm

    Teppy’s WiFi features is amazing. Most WiFis I’ve been chanced to use do not have unlimited feature yet they are pricey. Connection on first switch can be a bit annoying, I’ve experienced similar issues. Most times, I leave mine connected. Except on days I’m relying on my SIM for browsing.

  • Reply James Smith at 10:13 pm

    What an awesome idea. I love getting WiFi everywhere I travel.

  • Reply Alouise at 3:22 am

    I haven’t heard of Teppy before, but it’s something I’d definitely look into. I sometimes go the simcard route, but a couple years ago I was in Japan and that wasn’t an option so I had to rent a portable wifi device. When you’re traveling alone in a foreign country where you don’t speak or read or understand the language (beyond some basic hello and thank you’s) wifi is imperative. I’d definitely consider buying a Teppy device outright because it’ll probably save time and money in the long run.

  • Reply Marcie at 7:37 am

    You know, I always look for hotels with wifi when traveling abroad but had never thought about taking wifi with me. I’ve never heard of Teppy, but I’m going to keep it in mind for future trips. We’re always needing it for something!

  • Reply Sabrina Andrea Sachs at 3:18 pm

    Great article! I always buy a local SIM in each country I go since I am a digital nomad and I can’t live without connection!! When I looked into these devices I was horrified by their prices, but this Teppy sounds like a great option. Thanks for the review and sharing 🙂

  • Reply Arnav Mathur at 2:03 am

    Nice suggestion, I do use a ton of data on a daily basis, which is why Teppy is just what I might need during my travels. However, I might try the renting option, as I am not on the move all the time, plus data is really cheap in some places with the local sim.

  • Reply Bhushavali at 2:06 pm

    Oh wow! I haven’t heard of Teppy! Thanks for introducing it to me… I usually prefer a new simcard for my travels, which works out very economical. Now that I know of Teppy, I guess I could give it a try. 6hrs power is definitely a bit of a negative. Does it have the same micro usb cable that could be charged with a power bank?

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