In this review, we check the GlocalMe portable hotspot, and let you understand the great and bad.
We’re always looking for reliable, fast Wi-Fi. Between traveling a lot (when the world allows), working from home (or on the go), and home schooling great internet is an absolute must.
Essentially, the GlocalMe wireless is a Wi-Fi device that lets you to connect to the Internet as you travel. It works almost anywhere, and since it’s pocket-sized, you can carry it even if you’re short on space.
We tested the GlocalMe G4 PRO, and here’s what we thought.
- internet coverage in 140+ countries
- pay-as-you go
- doubles as a power bank
- easy to use touchscreen with easy access to battery life and data remaining
- long 18 hour battery life
- data packages can be a little confusing to find what you need
Once I got the GlocalMe up and running, the first thing I did was run a speed test. Right away, my connection popped up as 28 Mbps. Not bad for a first try. That’s plenty quick enough to stream a 4K movie.
Why get a mobile WiFi device?
A portable Wi-Fi hotspot can save a lot of money over cell phone roaming charges. It also eliminates the problem with data caps when taking a trip.
Because we need web for work wherever we go, it’s so nice to have internet with us everywhere, meaning no more relying on notoriously buggy borrowed Wi-Fi from hotels, cafes or stores.
GlocalMe G4 PRO Review
The GlocalMe G4 PRO really impressed me.
Before the G4 crossed my desk, I’d never used a touchscreen travel Wi-Fi hotspot before. With other hotspots, I needed to rely on the app to see how much data I had remaining, or how much battery life was left. With the GlocalMe G4 PRO, all of that information is right on the 5 inch touchscreen itself.
The touchscreen makes it easy to add more data, and it also comes with Google Maps and TripAdvisor already installed.
Because you can connect 10 devices, the G4 PRO is great for our family of four. We can each connect our smartphones, and there are six connections left for laptops, tablets and other devices.
For road trips, or even just walking around town, it’s nice to have the 3900 mAh battery that lasts 18 hours.
The GlocalMe G4 PRO comes with a data package, with free 8 GB Local Data, plus 1 GB Global Data. You can add more data at any time from within the Glocal me touchscreen.
Other G4 PRO features:
- two nano SIM slots.
- Automatic setting that disables large data consumption
- Cost: $169.00
The GlocalMe app is available for iOS or Android. It lets you add data, monitor usage, and see battery life.
The app is especially useful for the GlocalMe U3 cordless gadget, which doesn’t come with a touchscreen.
The GlocalMe U3 is GlocalMe’s smaller, more affordable Wi-Fi hotspot alternative. For me, the one big disadvantage of the U3 is the lack of a touchscreen.
- Light and slim
- Connects to 10 devices
- Cost: $119.99
- Data included: Free 8 GB Local Data + 1 GB Global Data
- Doesn’t have a touchscreen
Glocalme Duo Turbo
The Duo Turbo is the choice for users who absolutely cannot lose web. It’s a dual-modem Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot, meaning that it has two modems to ensure connectivity all the time. One modem is connected, while the second is on standby, which reduces the chance of dropped connections.
- small 2.4″ touchscreen
- 12 hour battery life
- 3,500 mAh battery
- nano SIM slot
- Cost: $149.99
- Data included: Free 8 GB Local Data + 1 GB Global Data
GlocalMe data plans
All the three GlocalMe hotspots include free 8 GB of local data plus 1 GB Global Data with purchase.
After that, GlocalMe offers either local or global pay-as-you go data plans.
YOu can get montly passes, 7 day, or 30 day packages. You can also buy data in 10 GB, 12 GB, 3 GB and other data packages.
Local packages are available for the USA, North America, China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Russia, and Egypt. There’s also a Global 10GB 180-Day Package.
The GolocalMe data plan price depends on the specific location and amount of data.
A monthly pass for the USA comes with unlimited data, and costs $99 USD per month.
A 10 GB 180-day global package comes with a price of $98 USD.
GlocalMe unlimited data
Is GolocalMe truly unlimited?
Here’s what GlocalMe has to say “The unlimited data service is affected by the Fair Usage Policy of service operators, the maximum data speed will restrict to 256kbps once you have reached the FUP threshold.” To me, that sounds like your speed (and thus the amount of data you use) can be limited if you’re using a lot of data at once. Unfortunately, it doesn’t say exactly how much data exceeds the Fair Use Policy.
On top of that, different data packages have different priorities. For example, GolocalMe says the 10GB 180-Day Package for Global BIZ “has lower priority than unlimited data package.”
GlocalMe doesn’t offer a SIM only package.
However, it does offer the GlocalMe SIMBOX.
The GlocalMe SIMBOX lets you switch between different SIM cards, depending on where you are in the world. Switching between different cell phone SIM cards lets you avoid roaming charges, expensive long distance. It’s great for frequent travelers and international students. It have five SIM card slots:
- 1 X Micro USB interface
- 4 X Standard SIM slot
You’ll need to download and install the GlocalMe Call App to register and activate the SIMBOX.
The GlocalMe SIMBOX isn’t currently available. It doesn’t support Verizon and Sprint at the moment.
Check for GlocalMe SIMBOX availability here.
GlocalMe Coverage Map
GolocalMe works in over 140 nations around the world. Like any other WiFi hotspot, including the Skyroam Solis, Tep Travelwifi, or Keepgo, it just works where you can get a cell signal. It won’t operate in the middle of the ocean, or in a plane, where there isn’t a cell signal.