Is the Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device Worth It? The No BS Truth

Is the Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device Worth It? The No BS Truth

Article updated: 9/19/2018 with the addition of the new GoData monthly plan!

If you’ve never heard of the Skyroam portable hotspot device before, you’re about to hear everything there is to know about this powerful little device. After one use, I questioned how I ever travelled before without it. I love mine and am absolutely obsessed with it, it never leaves my side! So for me, it is 110% worth it. But is it worth it for YOU? That’s the question. I’ll get to that later after I tell you all about this incredibly handy little device!

Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device

In a Nutshell

The Skyroam is a portable hotspot device that allows you to stay connected to wifi all around the world.

It works in 100+ countries (and counting) and gives you unlimited and secure wifi for 24-hour periods.

The NEW Skyroam SOLIS

Skyroam recently launched the new faster SOLIS which features 4G LTE wifi, as well as a 6000 mAh built-in power bank so you can simultaneously charge your device while you’re on the go.

Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device SOLIS

The new SOLIS along with me in Croatia

Yet the biggest upgrade I noticed was the 16+ hour battery life, a HUGE upgrade from the previous Skyroam model. I have recently used the new Solis in Greece, Cyprus, and Croatia. I was out and about all day and by the end of the day, I still had at least 50% battery. I never had to worry about charging it.

Note: I noticed that using the charging bank to charge  my phone really ate up the battery life of the Solis, so keep that in mind! It definitely will not last 16+ hours if you’re constantly charging your gear.

*Scroll to the bottom of this article for buying/rental options. And use “CRAZYTRAVELISTA” at checkout for 10% off!

What Countries Does the Skyroam Work in? I’m Glad You Asked!

The Americas

Argentina, Aruba,Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saipan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

Europe

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican

South Pacific

Australia, Christmas Island, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand

Africa

Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia 

Asia

Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan

Middle East

Israel, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates 

So How the Heck Does the Skyroam Work?

Does it really matter, it’s awesome. Just kidding, I’ll explain. The Skyroam connects to the best local wifi signal. It basically allows you to access local date, internationally!

Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device

Exploring the Bay of Islands in New Zealand with my Skyroam. I was able to provide live updates to Snapchat while on the go!

It’s SO simple. All you do is turn on the device and hit “start” and BAM, wifi works. Plus, it’s so compact and light you can just slip it in your pocket and take it with you wherever you go.

The bottom line: the Skyroam portable hotspot device is the most convenient way to access wifi when abroad. Period. There is no monthly contract. You pay for what you use, whenever you want to use it.

Some Other Awesome Features of the Skyroam:

  • Your phone doesn’t need to be unlocked to use it! For all those AT&T iPhone users, this is a Godsend.
  • You will no longer have to deal with SIM cards, contracts, or roaming/overage charges.
  • You can connect up to 5 devices: yep, you heard that right! You can hook up 5 devices to the Skyroam and enjoy unlimited international wifi. However, it’s important to note that once you hit the 500MB mark, the service slows down a little. So I wouldn’t connect more than 2-3 devices unless you want super slow service.
  • Use your Skyroam on road trips to access Google Maps! You have no idea how convenient it was to use this device during my New Zealand road trip. It was a life saver!
  • Always use a secure network! Skyroam uses an encrypted connection to keep your data safe and secure while using wifi. (In case you didn’t ever think about it…when you use local wifi in cafes, hotels, restaurants, these networks are not secure and you may be exposed to hackers).
  • The Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device is especially useful and cost effective when traveling through many different countries in a short amount of time.  When you cross borders, the pass does NOT reset and once it connects to the local service it’s good to go!
Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device

Using Google Maps through my Skyroam service saved my life during my New Zealand road trip!

I tested this traveling through the Baltics by bus. I thought maybe the day pass would reset and I would have to use another one once I crossed the border, but this was not the case at all! There was a short transition period of less than 20 minutes and then it picked up the local service of the new country after crossing the border. So easy!

Purchase Options:

Rent vs buy

Rent: you can rent the hotspot and pay $9.95 per day for shorter trips (or if you do not travel often).

Buy: you could buy the hotspot for $149.99 and then pay $9 for each day pass (which I highly recommend). On the days you don’t use it, you don’t pay!

Oh, and recently they have introduced Skyroam vending machines in San Francisco airport! How cool. You can also purchase the Skyroam in various airports throughout. Two popular airport stores selling the Skyroam include InMotion and Brookstone. To search for a resale stores near you, you can click here

Daily passes: you pay for a daily pass and this gets you unlimited global data for a 24-hr period. So simple!

Monthly passes: you can now rent Skyroam monthly for $99 a month! It’s perfect for those longer trips, especially when going to multiple countries!

(NEW): GoData monthly plan, starting at $9 per month, including 1GB of global 4G LTE WIFI. When you need more, just add more for $9 per extra GB. No contract required! (tip: if you use a LOT of data, the $99 monthly pass may be a better option for you)

You can purchase the daily passes anytime at a.skyroam.com.

If you travel even occasionally I would highly recommend buying the device and taking it with you on all trips in case of emergencies. It will come in handy sooner or later and you will be happy to have a backup when necessary (more on that below).

Is the Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device worth it?

Ok, so let’s get down to it. Let me provide a few different scenarios, which will help you decide if it’s worth it for YOU. 

Scenario 1: you’re going to Europe for one week and hitting up 3 different countries.

Is the Skyroam worth it? Hell yes.

Here’s why: getting a local SIM card for 3 different countries will not be very cost effective. It will also be a pain in the a** to waste time in each county finding a reliable SIM.

Example: I was just traveling through the Baltics and spend 2 days in 3 countries. I used the Skyroam with ease and even as I was crossing over the borders(as I just mentioned above). 

Scenario 2-You’re going to Portugal for a month.

Is the Skyroam worth it? No

Here’s why: it would definitely be more cost effective to pick up a local SIM and use that for the duration of your trip. Unless your phone is not unlocked (see below). 

Scenario 3: you’re going to Colombia for 5 days and your phone is NOT unlocked.

Is the Skyroam worth it? Yep

Here’s why: most carriers charge a sh*t ton for international data. Since you will only be there 5 days, use your Skyroam!

Scenario 4: You are traveling to Europe for one month, hitting up 4 different countries, and decide you will purchase a SIM card in each country.

Ok, that still sounds more cost efficient, so you don’t need a Skyroam, right?

Yes and no. My advice is to bring your Skyroam anyway, for emergencies.

Let me explain: let’s say for instance you land in a small airport in Croatia in the evening, all the kiosks are closed (or there is no place at the airport that sells SIM cards), there is no airport wifi, and you need to make it to your Airbnb. The easiest solution? Activate a day pass on your Skyroam to help navigate your way. Then the next day, go ahead and purchase that SIM. This scenario happened to me in New Zealand recently and it was a life saver to be able to cut on my Skyroam and use it to order an Uber. (The airport wifi wasn’t working..something that happens from time to time even if they have wifi!)

Scenario 5: you and a friend are traveling to Iceland for 4 days.

Is the Skyroam worth it? Yuppp.

Here’s why: remember that part above where you can connect up to 5 devices?  Yep. So you and a friend could split the costs and both use the Skyroam! But, I honestly would not connect more than 2-3 devices on this because it tends to slow it down a lot. But using 2 phones is perfectly okay and would make it super convenient for your trip!

Scenario 6: You are traveling around Europe for 6 weeks and hitting up 10 countries.

Is the Skyroam worth it? Fo sho!

Now with the new monthly subscription, it makes it easier and way cheaper for those longer trips where you will be crossing through multiple countries. For $99 per month, you can have unlimited wifi in all countries without having to change a SIM card or anything. This is especially helpful when your phone in NOT unlocked.

→A quick note on Battery life: I read somewhere that the battery on the Skyroam lasts up to 9 hours, but it lasts me about 6 hours. I guess it depends on how much you use it (I use mine a lot). I always carry my awesome dual power bank by Jackery so it’s not a problem. I recharge several devices on this each day while travelling, and the power never runs out.

Crazy Travelista’s Overall Impressions:

I have personally used it on 5 continents and 20 countries so far including: Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Croatia, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Italy, England, Colombia, USA, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia.

Skyroam Portable Hotspot Device

How did I live without you before?

I have been extremely impressed with the quality of service, speed, and convenience of always having the option to have wifi wherever I go. I have no idea how on earth I ever traveled without it before. It’s light, compact, reliable and the most convenient way to access wifi abroad!

So is it worth it? In some instances it is not, as I highlighted above. But overall, the Skyroam is definitely worth it and something every traveler should own! I have a feeling this is going to revolutionize the way we travel and always being able to share our travels is really awesome. Kudos, Skyroam. Kudos.

To rent/buy, you can check out the Skyroam website here.

*FOR 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE, YOU CAN USE THE CODE “CRAZYTRAVELISTA” AT CHECKOUT! ♥

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a super small commission if you make a purchase using these links, at no extra cost to you. I am a brand ambassador for Skyroam and absolutely love it! I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t truly love!

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22 Comments

  1. Hi! Great review of Sky Roam! I’m actually heading over to Thailand in January as my job has allowed me to work abroad and I am thinking of purchasing this device. Question… do you know how fast the internet speed is as wifi speed and quality is very important for me when I’m working. Any information helps! Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi! If you’re going for a long period of time, I would look into getting a local SIM card (you can always use it as a hotspot if needed). The Skyroam is 4G speed but gets slow after 500MB (then it goes to 3G and eventually to 2G if you use it excessively). It’s great for work and emails and stuff but NOT for streaming or any videos or anything. How long are you going for? Is your phone unlockeD? If so, I would just go with a local SIM if you’re going to be living in thailand. Hope that helps!

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  2. I have rented the older skyroam device while in Europe and it worked really well. It had a small screen that counted the hours used and resets after 24 hour use.
    Does the new Solis works the same way on daily passes? If I only used 12 hours in one day, does it use up all 24 hours before it charges another day?
    Thanks for any info.

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    • Hi! With the new Solis you use an app on your phone so you can see all the info more clearly, including the hours left and data used. But to answer your question, yes it will reset after you use the 24 hour period and not before. Hope that helps!:)

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  3. Hi. i am going to the US end of June for 20 days. I bought on my last trip (few years back) the old Skyroam device but never used it. as i had international data roaming on my australian mobile.

    Q1: will it still work if i say buy the 20 days pass?
    Q2: I am going to use my australian mobile for Voice and SMS but need to cover my data usage. is this the best option?
    Q3: when you say works on WiFi, does it mean it requires wifi access at the location i am in to use it? or can i just be on the road and still use it?

    Reply
    • Hi Robert!
      1: your passes don’t expire, so yes you can buy the 20 day pass for your old skyroam!
      2: Yes, the skyroam would be the best for data usage!
      3: You don’t need a WIFI connection to use it, as the Skyroam IS your WIFI connection. It works with the local cell signal. You can use the Skyroam anywhere! But just keep in mind, if you are in the mountains or far away from civilization you might not get the best service (just the same as a cell phone wouldn’t get good reception in these places).
      Hope this helps!! Enjoy!

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  4. Can I use Skyroam just within country (Phils) when I’m not travelling? Am on the road a lot. Does this work like the portable Huawei I once had? And how do I load it? What service providers are available?

    Reply
    • Hi!
      The Skyroam works in the Philippines but on the islands doesnt have the best service (as wifi service is very bad in general on the islands). I have no idea about the portable Huawei, sorry. You dont need a service provider. The Skyroam is its own WIFI hotspot. You can buy passes on your phone or online! You can visit the Skyroam website for more details! Hope this helps.

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  5. Hi, I’m going to Philippines in 2 days and will stay for 3 weeks. I need to keep my US phone number while traveling because of work. In one of your answers about Philippines having bad wifi, is it worth buying it?
    Thanks,
    SeaSeed

    Reply
    • Hi! This is a wifi hotspot only. You will not be able to use your US phone number with it unfortunately. The only way to do that is to get an international plan with your phone carrier. Hope that helps!

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  6. Hi, I am travelling to both Australia and Bali. I am a bit a skeptical if it would work in Bali mostly. In your experience was it a reliable service when you used it? Thanks

    Reply
    • Hi! How long are you going to Bali for? IF you’re going for 5 days or more i would just get a local SIM there as they are pretty cheap! I only used the skyroam one day when i was there (when my SIM data ran out) and it worked pretty well. It can get spotty if you’re going for a hike to a waterfall or something in the woods..but same goes for the SIM card. The way it works is it connects to the local cell network. So if the SIM is getting good signal, the skyroam will. Like in the Philippines the cell signal was terrible (prob the worst wifi ive ever experienced) and the Skyroam was about the same. Hope that helps!

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  7. I live in Australia and plan to fly into LAX airport and depart from same location for 23 days, how do I go about renting a skyroam for that period

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  8. Used my Skyroam in HK and it is very slow or usually “no network” when using internet.
    No problem with text, calls, whatsup, etc…but FB, Google, search engines, etc are all imposible.

    Reply
    • It works off the local cell networks..so if the service is normally slow in that area, your device will be slow unfortunately. Are you in a remote place? Have you been using it a lot for movies/videos/snapchat/IG stories? (that uses a ton of data). Do you have several devices connected at once? Once you use a certain amount of data in a day, it drops down from 4G to 3G, etc. So if you’re using it a bunch in a day, it will get slower. That’s what it sounds like is happening since your WhatsApp, texts, etc are working perfectly. That’s what happened to me in Japan as I used Google maps/Snapchat/IG stories a TON in a day. I cut back on the videos a bit, and it worked a lot better. Hope that helps!

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  9. Great review. I love how you tell us in which scenarios the portable hotspot is worth getting. I have a huawei portable wifi and, although I don’t use it often, I love the freedom of not worrying about finding free wifi (at a cafe).

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    • Exactly!!! Just having that option is worth it!

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  10. What a great review! I now feel thoroughly educated and I love the way you’ve used different scenarios to demonstrate its worth 🙂

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    • Thanks so much! I thought real world scenarios would be way more useful than just reiterating what their website says 🙂

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  11. I had no idea you could buy these! My partner and I ‘rented’ one during our recent trip to Japan and it worked wonders! 😀
    Super helpful post, great to keep in mind for my next trip!

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    • Ya apparently mobile hotspots are a big thing in Japan..I’m going next week and noticed a lot of advertising for this when I was looking into my options. I think they are gonna be big worldwide soon!! 🙂

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