Internet at the end of the world – is it possible?
In the era of universal internet and we wanted to have unlimited access to the network on the expedition. After all, we all work and also during holidays we log in to our mailboxes and solve problems in our companies. We really wanted our relatives to keep up to date with information about where we are or what we hear.
Before our first stage of travel around the world – Japan – we have encountered the problem of organizing this access in two countries. In Russia and Japan, the costs of regular roaming in these destinations are high and we were simply looking for different solutions to make it well and cheap.
In principle, there were only two options. You can always buy a local operator card or use a global solution.
A few hours spent browsing the internet and it is already known that Xoxo Wifi is the only sensible device that offers internet all over the world, but none of our friends has ever dealt with it. We took a chance and for 13 EUR / day we reportedly had unlimited coverage for all networks for our entire trip.
After a few days we decided that the internet would be needed in two cars and we ordered another device.
Already on the first day of departure, we started testing our long-awaited gadgets and it quickly turned out that the network access is different. We had two identical XOXO Wifi and a local Russian operator card, which allowed us to carry out comparative tests. While XOXO was good for downloading some small files and browsing basic pages, downloading any attachments bordered on a miracle. Despite having identical devices, each of them had a different network coverage. LTE was on one and 3G on the other. Of course, these markings in no way translated into the speed of transmission. At the same moment, the local operator card worked at full LTE speed.
In our opinion, XOXO consciously “trims” the ranges and speed of transmission and we are not talking about some remote areas here, for example in Moscow for several hours we have not managed to log into any network using XOXO. This is bad for the service provider for which you pay 13EUR per day.
It was our first trip with real internet and we learned a lot. We know that you can not count without a local operator card for working internet. In the future, we will most likely use local cards. The fact is that you have to spend some time on the formalities and sign something like a contract with the operator but it is definitely worth it. Then we have a guarantee of transmission, coverage and actual speed.