Call me skeptically excited when I stumbled upon Skyroam over the most recent holiday. When the opportunity presented to try the gadget. At first glance, I thought “It looks cool, but what does it really do?”.
What is it?
According to Skyroam, the Solis device features:
- Wifi Anywhere in the Globe (Over 130 countries)
- Share among 5 devices
- Pay only for what you use (no contracts)
- Unlimited fast speeds (3G/4G LTE based on location)
- Built-In battery power source
Do I need It?
That was the first question on my mind. As all of my T-Mobile fans will know, With T-Mobile One, or One Plus, you receive one hour or unlimited wifi (respectively) on Delta and free international calling or texting in most countries. So, at first glance, I did not think I needed this. Again, skeptically, excited. When the package arrived it still felt like Christmas!
Does it work?
I was not sure at first. Now, I touted T-Mobile’s international capabilities, but their service inside my home in the USA is a different story. At times, we go outside, or simply use a VOIP line. We might actually install a LAND LINE! But we will save all of that for another time.
In all transparency, it did not work in my home initially. Just like my T-Mobile phone, I have to go search for corners to get the device to work. However, when it counted the Solis came through like a champ.
We were traveling to Acapulco on this trip, while the resort is beautiful, the TV selection is limited, so we were loaded with Roku sticks, laptops, phones…the usual. Needless to say, the resort offered wifi throughout. However, level, and capabilities of their service varied, and left something to be desired no matter which plan selected based on reviews. Now I know some of you are saying, “You will never spend any time in the room”. This is false, there is always some down time, and in this day and time we are accustomed to having our media readily available.
The Solis first demonstrated its usefulness when we realized that the free wifi offered by the resort was limited to 4 devices when trying to fire up the Roku stick. So, two people with two phones and two laptops were maxed out. Forget about a Roku stick, forget kids and their devices, or any other traveling companions. While these policies vary, it is common in resort and business travel destinations for these services to be limited or offered for a fee. This speed bump was the perfect reason to pull out the orange Solis!
As you can see Skyroam provides some exciting directional packaging. Functional and Informative! I like it! As you can see, there are 5 simple steps to getting this thing started. One of which involves you merely “waiting for a solid light”. So to say that it is user friendly would be an understatement. Once the glowing light is solid, you are connected. The convenient app will provide you with important details, like the speed of your connection, how many users are connected, and the amount of data used. Important if you are on a pay per use plan, which we will get into more detail about.
Once connected the device provided reliable service for not only the roku stick, but it was a great alternative for any of our other devices whenever the resort wifi was just too slow. We got 3G/4G speeds consistently throughout the resort…even on the beach!
If you are traveling with more than 2 people, this device is a must, providing extra capacity, and portability. Additionally, for those concerned with security, this device is the perfect alternative to public wifi.
I almost forgot about the battery!
This thing was such a lifesaver just as a portable battery, with an amazing battery life. We used it to charge multiple phones from near death, while the wifi was running, and the thing lasted overnight.
How much does it cost?
As with most subscription services, there are a few flavors available.
First of all, if you are on the fence and want to give it a try before you commit, you can rent the device. This truly brings the technology to you on an as needed basis. The cost to rent the device with unlimited global wifi is $9.95 per day. Save 10% with our code ‘FIRECX’ Compared to the resorts upgraded wifi service which was $149 for the stay, this is about half the cost.
If you know this is for you, or you plan more than two international trips annually, I would recommend purchasing the device at $
149 $139 with our code ‘FIRECX’. For months where you are planning several trips, or anticipate heavy usage, you may subscribe to the unlimited global wifi at $99 per month or $9 per day.
If you will not be using the device frequently, but want the access available, utilize the Skyroam GoData plan, which for $9 per month includes 1GB of 4G data in over 130 countries.
Where can I get it?
Of course, to make if easy for you, we have provided a link for you to get the best deal available from Solis when you use our code “FIRECX“