Readers of these forums should know that I’m a big fan of the personal hotspot, or MiFi. Almost immediately after my first experience with LTE data on a DoCoMo MiFi in Japan last spring I got myself one for back home—first from Bell and then another with better rates from Rogers.
Now it seems that there’s a MiFi tailor-made for the savvy world traveller. It takes up to 10 SIMs and can connect up to 5 devices. It’s called the Goodspeed, and is sold by Finnish company UROS.
Here’s the YouTube pitch for the Goodspeed MiFi and service. It seems to me to be as much about local SIMs as what UROS is hawking specifically, but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
Here’s a copy/paste of the Goodspeed’s hardware specs, from the UROS site:
- 1” LCD display (128 x 64 pixels)
- 123 mm x 63 mm x 13 mm (4,84”x 2,48”x 0,51”)
- 127 g (4,48 oz)
- Wi-Fi (Compatible with 802.11b/g/n devices)
- Connects with up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices
- Highspeed internet – 21.1 Mbps Downlink, 5.76 Mbps Uplink
- 3.5G/3G – 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
- 2.5G/2G – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- 10 SIM card slots
- 2550 mAh battery for up to 8h of continuous use, full charge in approximately 4 hours
- USB wall charger 100-240V (EU)
- Web user interface for settings, account statements and selection of destination countries
- 2-year limited warranty
Price: €239.00, or about $353 CAD / $324 USD
This seems a tad expensive considering there’s no support for LTE. On the other hand, 10 SIM slots…
To use your Goodspeed abroad you’ll pay a flat rate per day for 1GB of data. That daily rate is €16.50, or about $24 CAD / $22 USD. If you’re a more frequent traveller you can get much lower daily rates by adding a monthly subscription, at €9.90 / $15 CAD / $13 USD or €14.95 / $22 CAD / $20 USD per month. Confused? UROS has a pretty table on their pricing page that probably explains this better than I just did.
When you first order your Goodspeed you can add the 10 SIMs from the different countries you plan to visit. What’s not clear is what you’ll pay if you want to order additional SIMs after that.
For me the Goodspeed would be a lot more compelling with LTE data speeds, but it’s still an intriguing option—expensive, but pretty darn convenient if you don’t want to spend your first few hours in a foreign country tracking down a local SIM.
What do you think of UROS and their Goodspeed MiFi?