A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker asked me the one thing I absolutely could not travel without. My immediate response, a mobile WiFi hotspot. A while back, I told you guys about Skyroam, and how it was virtually a life saver as I, literally, wandered the streets of Madrid looking for an apartment. Well, they’ve released a newer version of their hotspot device, the Skyroam Solis, and it is bees knees! I’d already affirmed that it’s the one thing I couldn’t travel without, but that sentiment was re-validated on my recent trip to Amsterdam and my beloved Madrid. So, let’s get into why you need the Solis in your life for any upcoming and future international trips.
Ok, first things first. The best thing about the Skyroam Solis is hands down, the unlimited data. For each day pass that you activate, you get 24 hours of unlimited data that can be used across five different devices, more on that in a bit. So, you never have to worry about going over data limits, or God-awful roaming charges that will make you want to throw the whole phone and service away.
Sharing is caring
except when it comes to food. Ask for a fry, I’ll likely tell you no. Jkjk…kinda. With the Solis you can connect up to 5 different devices. So, your friends and family can connect as well and enjoy all that glorious Wifi. And no, it won’t cause the service to lag with the more devices that’s connected to it. You still get the same 4G speed. Even if you’re traveling solo, as I am most of the time, you can connect your phone, laptop, tablet, etc. all to this one device. Kinda, amazing, right? I know.
Easy to Use
When they say, “It’s easy as 1,2,3” it really is. Even if you are a little technologically challenged, the Skyroam Solis is incredibly easy to set up, and even easier to use. Simply download the Skyroam app, which walks you through the registration process, make sure your Solis device is powered on, tap “Activate a Day Pass” within the app, and wham bam thank you ma’am, unlimited Wifi for 24 hours. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Speaking of the Skyroam app, you can get status updates, such as if you’re connected, how much data you’ve used, and how much battery life you have left. You can also purchase more data and day passes all through the app.
Sometimes I noticed the service would drop to 3G and/or the service would disconnect; however, this was not often. It usually maintained 4G LTE speed, and a quick “turn it off, and turn it back on” was an easy remedy.
One of the best improved features of the Solis, is the battery life. Unlike its predecessor with only 8 hours of battery life, the Solis now lasts up to 16 hours. Yes SIXTEEN! This was a Godsend. There were days when I’d leave the house at 7 a.m. (you know, to beat the crowds) and wouldn’t return until 8, 9, or sometimes later that night, and the Solis still had some juice left. One night, I made the mistake of forgetting to charge my device; so, that morning, when I got ready to head out, I realized my battery life was only on 31%. All day I was nervous that it would die on me and I wouldn’t be able to use Google Maps to get to wherever my next destination was. But, it didn’t fail me! Around 6:10 pm I went on a canal tour and I still had 9% battery life left, even after using it nonstop all day. Luckily, the boat had a socket where I was able to charge it for a bit to get me through the rest of the evening.
Another huge, and much appreciated, update is the fact that the Solis doubles as, not only a WiFi hotspot, but it is also a power bank that allows you to charge your phone and other devices via a USB port. This is major!! Typically when I travel, I always travel with 2 additional power banks, so that I’m able to charge my phone on the go. This alleviates that need, saves space, and minimizes weight. Winning!! Oh, and if that isn’t awesome enough, you can get the cutest little travel carrying case that has a space just for your cords, to keep everything nice and organized.
What Else You Should Know
- The Solis works in over 130 countries and does not require a SIM card.
- There are NO contracts
- For the frequent traveler/extended trips, you can Buy the Solis for $149 + $9/day (only for the days you use the service)
- For short-term trips you can Rent the Solis for as low as $9/day.
- Skyroam has a new GoData plan that offers 1GB, 4G LTE data, for $9/month
- and last, but certainly not least…
Have you tried the Skyroam Solis? If so, what was your experience. If not, what’s stopping you?!