We’ve all heard stories of people who’ve gone away on a trip and then returned home to a huge bill thanks to their mobile phone roaming on data networks when they’re away.
The good news is, this doesn’t have to be you. There are lots of options for getting internet access when you travel.
In this article we want to help guide you through the options available to you when you travel for getting online.
This will include options for getting online on your mobile phone, as well as on any other devices you might have with you, including tablets and laptops. We will cover options that work for a variety of travel styles.
This guide will focus purely on internet access while travelling, rather than texting or calling, although some of the solutions below will also work for texting and calling.
How to get faster internet when traveling
The nomadic lifestyle has always had an attractive vibe around it, providing people with an adventurous mindset on the road since time immemorial. Eventually, as the technology improved, it became possible to embrace your inner wanderer without sacrificing the career. In particular, the ability to get reliable Internet on the road from virtually any corner of the world gave birth to a new phenomenon known as a digital nomad – someone who is working remotely with satellite Internet.
The Best Options for Internet Access when Traveling.
Below are all the options you have for getting online when traveling abroad. These cover a wide range of options and we think at least one of these options should work for you!
- Contract a SIM with calls, data and that includes roaming.
- Buy a data SIM with many GB and roaming.
- Air Fiber service.
You can use your mobile provider but it is possible that in your plan you do not have the roaming service contracted in other countries and you have additional costs on your bill. Another disadvantage of using your mobile provider: Even if your provider supports it, speeds may not be as fast as you would get with the other solutions, due to throttling by your provider.
Buy a sim card at your destination
Depending on the country you are traveling to, you might find the most cost-effective way to get online when you travel is to purchase a SIM card for your device for the country you are traveling to.
You can either do this on arrival, or in some cases, you can buy the SIM card before you leave – such as this option for travelers traveling to Spain from other countries. If you want to benefit from this service, write us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to offer you the most convenient option based on your needs.
Once you have the SIM card in your phone, you can just use this for your data needs.
If your device is unlocked, then you will be able to put any SIM card that you like into it. This has the advantage that you’ll be able to get the maximum speeds available in that country as the provider will be local, and you’ll also generally be able to do things like tether other devices to your handset.
For trips where you are hopping across many countries we recommend another service that is being increasingly demanded by our customers, data sim card with a large amount of GB. We currently have two types of data sim card with 400 or 300GB and roaming in zone 1 (Europe) in case you want to move outside of Spain and continue enjoying a high-speed internet service for your family. You can use this sim card in a mifi router to share the internet in your apartment, motorhome or wherever you want, you can also use it from a device such as a mobile phone, tablet, etc…
A mobile hotspot is a standalone device which connects to a cellular network for data, and creates a local WiFi hotspot that you can connect your devices to.
This lets you get all your devices online (handy if you have multiple people traveling together!), and means you don’t have to worry about unlocking your phone.
However, if data and ease of use is what you are after, and you have multiple devices that you want to connect (if you’re traveling as a couple or family for example), then these can be a cost effective and very easy to use option.
If you already have a Router traveling, for example, in a Caravan through Spain and other countries, we recommend our 300GB data SIM with roaming.
Here more information about its features:
• Speeds up to 150MB
• 300GB per month
• Roaming in EU (zone 1)
• 4G and 5G coverage
• FREE activation fee and no commitment to remain
•Monthly fee €39.90
Use a SIM with data, calls and roaming
Advantages of using a roaming SIM: is usually a really simple option that will let you get online quickly and easily at high speeds.
Tiekom has several international plans that are completely adapted to your needs
Discover our plans and choose the one that best suits you. No hidden surprises and no unexpected bills.
The best mix of minutes and data to call abroad without hidden costs and with unlimited calls to Spain.
All of our international plans include 600 min. On international calls
Enjoy the best offer of GB, unlimited national calls to landlines and mobiles in Spain, 600 minutes to international landlines and mobiles.
Without commitment to remain or set up costs.
With the best prices and the best network coverage in Spain
Do not worry about where you are in Spain, we have national coverage guaranteeing the best call quality and data reception.
You can use your Tiekom line abroad
All the plans include roaming in zone1 (EU and EE.UU) so you can stay connected when traveling outside of Spain.
Another service that we recommend for your holidays in Spain is Air Fiber: if you are in Spain for more than a week, we recommend our AirFiber service. It is a 4G unlimited router with the following features:
• Speeds up to 150MB
• Vodafone 4G coverage
•Monthly fee €44.90 (VAT included)
• Set-up fee + Router + delivery: €50 (VAT included)
• No penalty for not returning the router
• No commitment to remain
The best options for faster internet when traveling
Tiekom offers you a multitude of connectivity options for when you are traveling or enjoying your second home in Spain. Our goal is to offering them the best service and the best offers so that you feel at home and do not have to worry about anything, just enjoy.