The constant hunt for Wi-Fi hotspots while travelling is turning into a thing of the past, you can now take your data with you with Flexiroam X.
On my last few overseas trips I’ve been restricted to accessing the internet on my phone only while in my hotel, or if I’m lucky enough the occasional Wi-Fi hotspot that I come across (that doesn’t have a password!). I wish I’d heard of Flexiroam X sooner – my phone’s gallery would have a lot less screenshots of web pages in it!
How Flexiroam X Works
Flexiroam X works by sticking a small microchip over your home SIM card, then once you’ve downloaded the app and activated the chip you’ll be able to piggy back off the foreign networks in the country that you’re travelling to without any incurring costs. Watch this video to see exactly how it works.
Setting up Flexiroam X
The setup process is quite simple. You can download their app and sign up for free. Once you’ve subscribed to the yearly membership of $9.99 you’ll then get the Flexiroam X starter pack sent to you (delivery is usually 3-5 working days).
All you need to do is stick the X microchip over your SIM card – they’ve made the application as easy as possible with their built in applicator guide. You’ll then need to make sure you’ve downloaded the app and signed up to then activate the microchip. You’ll then be able to switch between your home SIM and the Flexiroam X SIM – it’s quite a quick and easy process, with all of the instructions in the app to guide you along.
Once switched over to the Flexiroam X SIM you’ll then be able to make use of your data available – without any additional costs.
You’re able to earn free data that you can keep for the next time you go travelling. Just signing up earns you 100MB, updating your date of birth gives you another 50MB, then referring friends will earn you 100MB for each friend who signs up. You’re able to unlock as much as 100GB free data a year.
If you’re not keen on calling on all of your friends to sign up to get free data, you can also buy extra data. You can get 500MB for US$20, 1GB for US$29.99 and 3GB for US$79.99, these will all be valid for 12 months.
Flexiroam X is available in 100 countries globally, with a few mobile operator partnerships in each.
I tried Flexiroam X out while spending a weekend exploring Joburg, South Africa. I used it to keep up to date on all of my social media accounts, including Tweeting, sharing a Facebook status and uploading a pic to Instagram – all worked perfectly. I was also able to use all of my apps, including Uber and Snapscan (to make payments). Google Maps also worked really well.
Everything that I did online worked well, much faster than most public Wi-Fi hotspots. It was also really convenient to be connected all of the time, and not have to rely on finding a Wi-Fi hotspot. I did a speed test and got 1.4Mbps while on the Flexiroam X SIM, which is usable but a lot slower than my home SIM.
I was also able to turn my phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot while on the Flexiroam X SIM and connect my laptop to the Wi-Fi. This was a major win! I can’t count the number of times I’ve struggled with getting Wi-Fi for my laptop – sometimes just needing to send one email can turn into the biggest mission!
The setup was also really easy, it’s also really quick to change between SIM’s (the only slow part is having to restart your phone each time you switch).
The only downside was that my battery seemed to die faster while switched over to the Flexiroam X SIM, maybe because it was trying to get signal? But, as a traveller I know to always keep a portable charger handy as phone batteries are notorious for dying at the worst possible times.
You can also only use one SIM at a time (either your home SIM or the Flexiroam X SIM), meaning when switched over to the Flexiroam X SIM you won’t be able to send or receive SMS’s and calls.
While travelling, it’s probably still better to make use of the Wi-Fi in your hotel for bigger tasks online, but then switch to Flexiroam X when you’re out and about and need to quickly look up something, get directions, or share your adventures on social media.
Overall, I think Flexiroam X is a great way to make sure you’re keeping connected while travelling. It’s nice to know it’s there, and that you’re just a few clicks away from internet access at any time.
Travel tip shared by Bridget for Travel Dudes.
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