Rent WiFi in Spain : what are the advantages?
Portable wifi is not yet wellknown by every travelers, but the connected travelers never fly abroad without a wifi egg. Best solution to avoid data roaming in Spain. The Portable wifi provide a constant wifi everywhere, and allow you to avoid the last minute call that may cost you a lot in voice Roaming or data roaming.In Spain, all cities of more than 1 000 inhabitants are now covered with 4G LTE. Using a mobile WiFi in Spain will allow you to remain connected almost everywhere with wery high speed internet and enhance your travel experience.
Your Basic Internet Travel Options in Spain
4 solutions are available to remain connected to internet during your trip to Spain.
Pocket Wifi Rental For Spain
The mobile wifi for Spain is a very convenient and reliable solution. It is small device that is thin and small enough to fit in a pocket or a handbag. The Pocket wifi broadcasts a wifi, up to 15 meters around, on which you can connect all your devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops). The best pocket wifi rental in Spain will allow you to access 4G LTE and unlimited data with a large fair usage. These two last points are important to check when comparing mobile wifi rental offers bewteen themselves but also with other mobile solutions for Spain. Not all providers can offer a 4G LTE access, and a good data package in 4G LTE. In Spain major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Cordoba, Palma, Bilbao or Las Palmas, Grande Canaria have a perfect 4G coverage. But when you leave the main cities, it is also interesting that the pocket wifi can connect to different mobile network provider in Spain so that the coverage be optimal.
Pocket wifi rental for Spain is always a great solution for travelers. It offers the best data package and the fastest speed with 4G LTE. The Mobile wifi providers will be based locally, and then can access local prices for Spain which are always cheaper. On the opposite, your mobile network providers have to negociate from abroad and cannot access very interesting prices. MY WEBSPOT provides in Spain with 4G LTE coverage everywhere with unlimited internet and a very large fair usage.Pocket wifi rental for Spain is always a great solution for travelers. It offers the best data package and the fastest speed with 4G LTE. The Mobile wifi providers will be based locally, and then can access local prices for Spain which are always cheaper. On the opposite, your mobile network providers have to negociate from abroad and cannot access very interesting prices. MY WEBSPOT provides Pocket wifi in Spain with 4G LTE coverage everywhere with unlimited internet and a very large fair usage.
Free Wifi in Spain
Free wifi in Spain can be a solution to remain connected. As it is free obviously. Public wifi in Spain are accessible only in Main cities like Madrid or Barcelona. Wifi cafe are easier to find : in Spain not all coffee provide wifi but more and more coffee are now equiped wifi. But in Spain as in any other European country, as usual with coffee-bar, even if you need to quickly check an information, you won’t be able to get the wifi code unless you order something to drink or to eat. The wifi is not so free then.
Only public wifi hotspot in Spain are true free wifi. It is hard to find a map of the free wifi hotspot. I Madrid an it exists a map of the potential free wifi hotspot that you can connect to http://www.gomadrid.com/ but you will see that the major part of the free wifi are from coffee that ask for the consumption ticket in exchange of the wifi code…
Also one big issue with Free wifi (in Spain as everwhere) is the wifi quality. Free wifi is slow. As it is free the providers cannot invvest a lot in the wifi quality. You can be quicky discouraged when it is a bit crowded. And for business travelers, it is a very bad idea to relay on free wifi in Spain. It is a high security breach. And people are commonly hacked on free wifi in Aiport like Madrid Barajas or Barcelona el-prat airport.
Finally the major inconvenient of free wifi is that they are very random. Nothing says that you will be able to find free wifi hotspot around when you will need to use an app or search for an information. Once this information become important to find, you are forced to use your phone to receive an email, or find a place with your gps. This 3 minutes of smartphone use in Spian can cost you a lot ! Most travelers who relays on free wifi in Spain always ends up with a 100€ bill in data roaming at the end of their trip.
Also it is important to know that outside of the major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, it is almost impossible to find a good public wifi solution connection. You still relay on coffee-wifi.
Local prepaid sim cards in Spain
The main mobile network providers in Spain, generally ask for a local Bank account and a local address in Spain in order to provide you with a good data plan.
Prepaid Sim card in Spain for travelers are common.
Some Network providers has specialized in travelers Sim Card in Spain like MAsMovil, or Hitsmobile. Prepaid SIM Card in Spain are very different from free Wifi or Pocket wifi rental kind of use. Sim card will mainly allow you to make calls (more local than international) and will offer poor mobile internet quality. The speed will generally 3G instead of 4G LTE (10 times faster) and the data package will be very low compared to pocket wifi rental for Spain.
The major issues with prepaid sim cards it that unless you have a dual sim card Phone, you will have to take out your own sim card. This means that you can no more be contacted by texte or voice call on you regular phone number. Also, you need to be sure that your phone is compatible with the frequency bands in Spain if you want to use a prepaid sim cards. It is frequent travelers ends up with useless prepaid sim card because their phone are not compatible.
Data Roaming in Spain
Data roaming in Spain is probably the worst mobile internet travel solution for Spain. Indeed some providers like AT&T or Verizon will charge you $2/Mb knowing that an average traveler can use up to 800Mb per day. You can have a huge surprise when you return from your trip! A travelers from France in 2015 ended up with a phone bill of 52 000€ after 2 months spent in Spain… well be careful it can happen to you too!
Don’t get fooled by your mobile provider selling you an international data package for Spain. It is way overpriced and once you will finish the allowed data usage, you will be charged again at the full rate without any warning…