Here is a small device that provides travelers easy internet access in 100 countries at an affordable cost

Every traveler, who every now and then crosses country borders, has a high-priority task to do after arriving in a new country: organizing access to the internet. Here is a guide with instructions to using pre-paid SIM cards overseas. Fortunately, new and easier solutions have been developed, like the Nommi, a personal Wi-Fi/4G router that provides mobile internet access in more than 100 countries at an affordable cost.
motorhomes parked by a beach A Wi-Fi/4G router, such as Nommi, is a smart little device. It connects to a 3G or 4G mobile network for internet access. That’s why the router must have a SIM card with a data plan inside. Then, the router shares that internet access to your other devices via Wi-Fi. Your laptop or tablet can connect to the router (that has become your personal hotspot) via Wi-Fi and access the internet exactly the same way as always.
Nommi router and smartphone application
Nommi is still under development and investors are welcomed at Indiegogo, but the technology works. The final product is scheduled to ship in June 2018. The product consists of a small and slim piece of hardware that manages routing between Wi-Fi and mobile networks, and a mobile application for managing data packages and purchases of additional packages.

The early bird price for the product is $60, and the expected retail price once the product ships is $120. In addition to the router, you need a data package. Nommi has two options: a monthly package that works in all 100 countries for $35 a month. It includes 5GB of data. Additional data can be purchased directly from the Nommi application. The other option is to buy daily packages for $4 when needed. The daily package comes with 500MB of data.

The third option for paying for internet access is to insert another SIM card into the Nommi device and use that – maybe you have discovered a really cheap prepaid data plan and want to use that. Here is a tip for travelers in the European Union countries: EU members are not allowed to charge for roaming from one another. If you have a SIM card purchased in an EU country and travel to another EU country, there are no roaming charges. You only pay the costs of the original data plan.

The countries covered by the Nommi’s built-in SIM card are listed in this document.
Nommi 3G7Wifi router and laptop
What really makes Nommi different from many other Wi-Fi/4G routers is the possibility to instantly connect to a local mobile network in a new country and get online without paying roaming charges. The built-in SIM card manages the connection to the network, lets you access the internet, and if you need more data, the purchase of additional data packages is integrated to the Nommi application. A video clip below shows how to buy an additional data package.

The first thing I do when I arrive in a new country is to buy a local pre-paid SIM card for internet access. In some countries it can be troublesome, but usually it is quite straightforward. Nonetheless, I have to find a shop that sells pre-paid data plans, personnel who can understand what I need, and pay for it. Sometimes, there is a configuration process as well, but it is rare nowadays. A small box that removes all that from my travel itinerary is a welcomed product.

The Nommi has more features, such as a VPN (Virtual Private Network, a security and privacy feature), a power bank for a smartphone or tablet, and using it as a Wi-Fi signal extender if the signal in the original hotspot is weak.

Two models are in the works:
Nommi Slim
– 3G and 4G mobile network connectivity.
– Wi-Fi
– Built-in SIM.
– Standard SIM card slot.
– Micro USB port.
– 114 x 82 x 17 mm
– Battery life 16 hours.

Nommi Power
– 3G and 4G mobile network connectivity.
– Wi-Fi
– Built-in SIM.
– Standard SIM card slot.
– Micro USB port.
– USB out port.
– 124 x 82 x 21 mm.
– Battery life 48 hours, or 24 hours if an iPhone recharged twice.


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