Choose wifi egg or SIM card when travel to Asian

We can all say goodbye to the expensive roaming service when we can simply rent a WiFi device or buy a sim card to get online when we travel.  But what’s the pros and cons and how should I choose which one to get?

To make life much more easier, you can reserve a WiFi device or a sim card online and pick up at the airport when you arrive.  I’ve done both and here’s my verdict on their pros and cons:


WiFi device:

Pros –

  • rental fees are cheaper and base on the days to charge
  • you can check and verify if the device works well at the location when you pick up
  • able to share network with friends
  • you can keep your original sim card in your phone to stay connected by roaming calling services

Cons –

  • need to return the device at designated time and location
  • need to charge often (on average each device linking to one phone can use up to 8 hours)
  • need to carry it around with you
  • penalties will be charged to loss of WiFi device/charger/battery

[SALE] 4G WiFi (KR Airport Pick Up) for South Korea from KT Olleh


Sim card:

Pros –

  • more flexibility for individual use
  • no need to return
  • network can be more stable and faster with no one sharing

Cons –

  • more expensive than renting a WiFi device
  • restricted to designated usage days
  • there could be a chance that the card is not functioning
  • need to take your own original sim card out to change with the new one
  • unable to stay connected via roaming calling services with your original number (and many of the travel sim cards does not provide calling services)

[SALE] 4G SIM Card (KR Airport Pick Up) for Korea


Most WiFi devices are very stable and are sharable with people whom you’re travelling with.  However if you’re planning to split up with your parties then you should be using your own sim card instead for more flexibility with everyone.

Sim cards are certainly more flexible but one big problem is these prepaid sim cards have restricted days options, for example there are 1/5/10/30days options for  4G SIM Card (KR Airport Pick Up) for Korea and when I volunteered at PyeongChang last year for 22 days, I bought two 10 days sim card and gave up the first and last day of network for the best value.

–> A Stroll down Gangneung coffee street
–> My first haircut experience in Seoul

When you’re renting WiFi devices, please be aware of the returning time and location, especially for those of you who are taking late night flights or budget airlines with a very early/late schedule.  Most of the operating hours of these offices are 7am-10pm。

While many of the WiFi devices and sim cards claim they offer 4G unlimited usage, I suggest everyone to read the fine print carefully.  The above two options may have a daily cap, and once the daily limit is reached will then switch from 4G network down to 3G and may experience a slower connection.

I suggest for anyone who has a large usage and looking for more flexibility should use the prepaid sim card instead, even though there’s a limitation in calling services, you can always use Whatsapp/Line apps to make voice or video calls.  As for people who are looking for simple usage with a budget, renting a WiFi device is certainly a great option!  Just make sure to return the device before your flight takes off to avoid any penalties!

 

 

現時出外旅遊已經不再需要昂貴的漫遊,可以隨時方便購買即插即用4G sim卡又或者租用WiFi機上網,不過有很多人問小編究竟哪一樣比較划算和穩定呢?

小編試過遊日韓台時使用過WiFi機和sim卡,其實各有千秋,不如就為大家拆解兩者分別。


WiFi

利-

  • 租用價格比較便宜,並以日數計算
  • 在當地機場提取時可以當場確認WiFi機聯繫有沒有問題
  • 可以與同行友人共用
  • 無需更換手機sim卡,可保持原有電話號碼啟動漫遊以便緊急聯繫

弊-

  • 使用完畢需要於指定營業時間於機場或者指定地點歸還
  • 需要經常充電 (一部手機使用的話電池壽命有大約8小時)
  • 需要隨身攜帶 (而且共用WiFi的朋友都要在左近啊!)
  • 遺失WiFi機/充電器/電池都需要賠償

【限時優惠】韓國 KT Olleh 4G WiFi分享器(韓國機場領取)


sim 卡:

  • 即買即用,隨身使用自由度更大
  • 無需歸還
  • WiFi機更輕巧
  • 網絡比較穩定,不會因為多部電話使用而拖垮速度

弊-

  • 價格比起WiFi機貴
  • 有日數限定(某些sim卡還有數據限定)
  • 在外地如香港購買的sim卡有可能到步後未能使用
  • 需要於手機更換sim
  • 未能使用原有/sim卡電話號碼聯繫,因為大部分旅遊使用sim卡都沒有電話聯繫功能

【限時優惠】韓國無限量4G上網卡(韓國機場領取)


WiFi機對於一般普通使用者來說非常穩定,尤其在旅行期間都會同行的朋友家人可以一起共用。不過對於打算有一兩天個別行程與朋友分道揚鑣的話,最好還是使用sim卡,這樣就更有彈性。同時留意旅行日數,租用 WiFi機的話租金以每天計算,不過購買sim卡的就會視乎地點所提供的日數選擇,例如到韓國所使用的無限量上網sim卡就有1天、5天或者10,對於打算去7天的人來說可能就要犧牲到達的第一天無網絡,等到第二天才啟動使用,又或者需要購買10天的sim卡。小編上一年到韓國平昌當志工去了22日,結果就買了210天的sim使用,唯有到達和離開當天犧牲上網。

–> 江原道必去江陵咖啡街
–> 首爾首次剪髮體驗

另外乘坐廉航或者夜機的人要留意,租用WiFi機所歸還的時候大部分時間都限於7am-10pm,所以大家務必要注意時間上的安排和歸還地點的詳細地址和時間。

還有對於無限量4G上網大家務必要多留意清楚條文,無論是WiFi機或者sim卡都有機會在同一天內使用到達某一個數據限額時會從4G網絡調到3G,雖然還是無限量上網不過速度方面就會有影響,尤其是需要共用的時候,大家要留意清楚。

小編建議個別使用量特別大和要求方便的人最好自行購買sim卡,即使未能夠使用電話功能但可以利用Whatsapp/Line等app作語音或者視像通話聯繫。對於只需要基本上網功能的而且要更划算的話就可以使用WiFi機,不過對於比較大意或者時間未能夠掌握的很多的人就提提大家出發前往機場離境前記得歸還WiFi機,否則罰款就會以每天計算啊!