I had a hard time getting a prepaid SIM card in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, so I was glad Tripneter reached out before the trip to check out their 3G mobile hotspot service. With Tripneter, you can connect up to 5 devices to the hotspot. The young company also delivers the mobile hotspot to your hotel in Spain before you check in. Here’s my video review.
I’ve played with other mobile hotspots before and I have to say TripNETer was the hardest to set up. It needs a combination of button presses to get it to work. Other hotspots I’ve used just needed to be turned on, then I was good to go. If you actually read the user guide, set up is easy. I hope in TripNETer provides a better hotspot hardware that requires less button presses in the future.
Battery life is about 3 hours of non-stop usage, but I turn it off whenever I don’t need to use the hotspot. The device I was lent to review was made by Huawei. It goes into sleep mode after 10 minutes of idle, but if you’re using a smartphone, it will continuously use data in the background. If you know you’re not going to use the hotspot for a few hours, I suggest turning it off to save battery.
TripNETer costs 5.99 euros per day. You might be interested in their service next time you’re heading to Spain.